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I’m a firm believer in giving yourself a challenge. Today I decided to give myself a BIG one, I’ve been thinking about for many years. Ice Skating. I’m a hockey mom, my oldest son is a hockey maniac he’s been skating from what seems like birth. Luckily for me I’m married to a hockey guy, who spent most of his life playing and still from time to time will take in a night of men’s league. I’m more of a dry land non-skater.
My skating experiences are pretty limited in comparison with my families. I remember as a kid waiting for the family pond to freeze, putting on some skates that had never seen a sharpener and calling it a fabulous day. The ice would have these crazy ripples in it from the wind blowing the snow across it and you always had to “test” the ice before trusting it was frozen through. It’s safe to say I’m not a skilled skater.
When my husband first started teaching my son to skate I had this voice in my head that was like you should learn too! And then about 3 weeks later we found out we were expecting again. I wasn’t sure learning how to skate when pregnant was the best idea, so I held off. Last winter I still hadn’t really committed to the whole getting healthy thing and really didn’t want to fall and break a leg. This year seems to be a great time. I’m in (for me) good shape and the timing just seemed right. TODAY was the day!
Today, while my husband helped the little boys learn to skate, I decided to give it a whirl myself. My youngest is just learning to skate and my oldest is trying to prefect the art of “fast backwards” as he calls it. It was a little terrifying putting on skates. My stomach was knotting up as I tightened the laces. Could I do this? What if I got hurt? Would I be the only adult who couldn’t skate? Of course I made the horrible decision to rent figure skates….next time I’m getting hockey skates…those darn toe picks I can’t handle.
But Wooo-Hooo I got out there and I’m proud to be broken bone free!
My son took some pictures of us and we took some pictures of them. I have to say it was a learning experience. I ended up using a walker for most of my skate, it helped me get the feel of the edges and my balance.
Once I got the hang of the walker and when a little boy came up to me laughing and said “you don’t need a walker you can skate”…I felt secure enough to take off like a big girl without the walker. I love that I got the courage from a 8-year-old to ditch the walker. Talk about pressure…I couldn’t be letting down small children I had never seen before 😉
I was feeling pretty confident, I wasn’t fast but I wasn’t falling either! It was a rush trying something that as an adult I had never done. And right as those thoughts of “I’ve got this”, “I am incredible”, “look I’m skating” were passing through my head my toe pick dug into the ice and right down on my graceful butt I went. Back to reality I fell in 2 seconds flat
Skating turned out to be a pretty great workout too. I knew that running around the rink is 8 laps = 1 mile. To my best guess 10 inside laps would be a mile? I ended up completing almost 20 laps and calling it a day. Somewhere between 1-2 miles!
I’m looking forward to skating again. And who knows maybe at some point I’ll be comfortable enough to race with the boys! I don’t know how those figure skaters do it? The idea of twirling up the air on skates seems crazy to me! They are serious athletes…maybe some day I will be brave enough to jump on the ice…for now I’m just enjoying the skate.
Tomorrow kicks off the first day of #Elf4Healthholiday challenge! The first day challenge is going meatless!
Question of the Day: Have you ever tried a new sport as an adult?