Wow. I can't believe how bad I am at XC skiing. Maybe the conditions weren't right? I don't know enough about winter sports to say, but either way, my technique today was analogous to walking with really long, skinny snow-shoes, without the aid of spikes on the bottom to prevent sliding backwards. And, as if my slow trudging wasn't bad enough, I actually fell a couple of times (okay, more than a couple).
I floundered around for about 3 miles of deep snow, with me breaking trail for most of it. Granted, I've got "backcountry" skis, but I think in past years when I've taken the sticks out, I've been on groomed trails and I was much better. Winter sports, *bleck*.