|My message to the driveway after I kicked its butt!|
1. You have to start slow!
The driveway is a challenging task by shovel. And the stuff around your garage door is misleading. Like the first few miles, it's stacked up close to the house there, just beggin' to be carved up. It feels like nothing. It's easy pickins. But if you're not careful, you'll go out way too quickly! You're fresh! You're warm! And you plow through those initial piles like a human bobcat. But I've seen it a million times ... rookies tear into this virgin powder and are completely spent by the time they reach mama's flower pots. Don't get excited ... it's a long day!
|Video evidence that the snow plow fairy exists!|
Just like in a marathon ... cowboy & snow boots are not always the best way to go. Think more practical. Today I demo'd my new Mizuno Wave Ascend 5's trail shoes, and they were great! Gripped the snow and ice like nobody's business. Yeah, my toes were an unnatural color when I was finished because of the mesh upper ... but they thawed by noon, and I've almost got the feeling back today ... so no biggie!
|New trail shoes great for shovellin' snow|
If you're not careful, you'll end up tunneling a path to the middle of the neighbor's yard. That does no one any good. Just like scouting the streets before a marathon, you should walk your driveway a couple of times before just grabbing the shovel handle. Sure you think you know it, you've viewed it in reverse a thousand times. But this is game day baby ... do you really have it committed to memory? Remember ... take a slight left at the Mulberry tree. Then, veer a little right when you see the trash can that got left out over night. And if you pass the garden gnome, you blew it ... try to find your way back immediately!
|Jack and me committed to the course!|
Many courses have them ... a diabolically placed hill in the last mile or so. The wintry driveway is no exception. As the city plows make their ONE pass by your abode, they leave you a huge, challenging, 4 to 5 foot heap at the end of your path waiting to break your spirit. Do you have it in you? Can you conquer this last test of endurance and will power? Or will you just leave it? Ya know ... walk it? Will it just sit there next to the street for you to avoid every time you back out of your driveway ... like a cruel reminder of how you QUIT? It's your choice.
|My 5 foot Heartbreak Hill|
Just like in a race, occasionally you need someone to bring you hot cocoa, warm gloves, or a new back. It helps if you have a cute little hottie standing there with a sign ... or blowing snow in her own face, to give you a little "pick-me-up"!
|Shoulda checked the wind there sweetie!|
... be great today!