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09-16-2010, 10:03 AM
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Originally Posted by dabeechman View Post
When I started skating a few months back I did it just at public skate and without any gear. I found that I held myself back because falling on your ass is more painful than you might think. I never fell on my knees when learning, but I did fall backwards on more than one occasion.
Yep, when you have the equipment and don't fear falling as much, you can push yourself beyond what your "safe zone" is and learning comes much quicker. I started off throwing on some vollyball kneepads my wife had on under my jeans, and quickly realized the benefit, and grabbed the hockey gear, even before I was sure I wanted to play.

Learning to skate helped me lose a LOT of weight, so I keep my "fat" jeans around to throw over my gear at a public skate.

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