February 14, 2012

LACE 'EM UP:

On thin ice, and a long course, with the Dutch  (AP, 2/09/11) 

As I lace up my ice skates while sitting on the banks of the Zijlroade river Thursday, grizzled men old enough to be my father glide past me, leaning into the bone-chilling wind and effortlessly propelling themselves across the frozen surface.

I drop down onto the ice and flail my arms to get balanced. Surely my feet can't be hurting already. But it's been years since I've done a serious skating run, and this one, well ...

When organizers announced Wednesday night that the Elfstedentocht - the Netherlands' mythical Eleven Cities Tour - would not be staged because the ice was too dangerous, a colleague suggested I skate the waterways that make up the course for a story.

I'm not sure he knew the tour is 125 miles (200 kilometers) long.


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