As mentioned in yesterdays blog post, I spent a portion of this weekend ice skating.
It’s been a while since I last did any form of skating, so I was somewhat wobbly right at first. Then I carried on being wobbly, as I was escorting one of the blokes kidlets around the rink.
That said, it was still good fun. Watching kidlet #1 slowly get the confidence to let go of the edge was pretty rewarding. We progressed from edge clinging, to hand holding, to me letting go entirely over the course of a couple of hours.
Kidlet #2 was a different kettle of fish. It did not take her long to let go of the edge and just go for it – with a few spectacular (yet tearless) falls along the way.
I never really got it into my head just how hard skating is unless you’re going fast. Since going as fast as possible has always been my default style, I never really got the whole momentum = better balance when skating. It’s also harder when holding on to someone smaller, as it totally throws off your balance.
My legs remained sore for about 3 days afterwards, and I don’t consider myself to be all that unfit. I do miss skating, though. I think I’ll be making an effort to do more of it in the new year. It’s a shame I let myself grow out of it.
This got me thinking about other things that I ‘grew out’ of at some point, that I should probably revisit: swimming, sports and above all – comics.
I’m not one for new years resolutions, but my ‘to do’ list has definitely grown. And in my own style, I’ll be attempting to do all the above fast. Everything is more exhilarating when it flies by!