Kinetic PT - December 2018


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While some may prefer to stay out of the cold and snow, our family will be seeking it out. This holiday season, the Ulmers are packing up and going to Colorado to see Emilie’s side of the family for Christmas. While it’s going to be a whirlwind trip filled with holiday activities, I’m holding out hope that we might find a little time to get out on the famous Rocky Mountain slopes and do a little skiing. The last time we made a trip to Colorado, Zach and Nathan got to do a little skiing with me. It was a big change from the Wisconsin hills where they first learned the sport. We don’t always get the chance to hit the slopes, but on years we manage to swing it, it’s always a good time. We really didn’t start out as a skiing family. In fact, I didn’t get up on the slopes until I was 24 years old, and it was only at the behest of some college buddies who were making their way up the mountain. Despite never having downhill skied and having no formal instruction, I tagged along. I probably should have

“JUST LIKE LEARNING ANYTHING NEW, SKIING COMES DOWN TO PICKING YOURSELF BACK UP AND TRYING AGAIN — IN THIS CASE, LITERALLY.” down or wiped out. Of course, being in my 20s, I just bounced back. These days, a three-day ski trip will have me sore for a week. As late as I picked up the sport, I’m glad I did. I’ve been able to ski in some great places throughout the U.S. and Canada, and I love getting to share that experience with my kids. You’d be hard-pressed to find another sport that combines guessed how tough it was going to be by the way the guys kept assuring me, “Oh, you’ll learn,” in ominous tones. Just like learning anything new, skiing comes down to picking yourself back up and trying again — in this case, literally. Every day for a week, I’d bomb down the hill until I either learned how to slow myself

adrenaline and tranquility so perfectly. To me, there’s nothing like gliding down a bright, snow- covered ridgeline with the world stretched out before you. Of course, the sport isn’t for everyone. Emilie prefers the relaxation and sightseeing opportunities of cross-country skiing. As for Zach and Nathan, they had the benefit of learning to ski while they were young enough to believe themselves invincible. Pretty soon, I may have trouble keeping up with them. We didn’t have time to hit the slopes last year, so I’d like to try and squeeze in some skiing this time around. But at the end of the day, what’s really important is that we get to spend the holidays together. No matter where you go to spend the season, I hope it’s a magical experience with the people you love. Ultimately, that’s what this time of year is all about. Happy holidays from our family to yours, –Mike Ulmer | 1

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