Learning to skate..
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01-30-2006, 09:27 AM
Join Date: Jun 2002
I was never good at what people might classically call "balance"...so I figured I'd never be able to skate. But I wanted to learn. I pictured myslef in a skating class as the only 36 year old skating in a chain of six year olds...if I fall down, it's mass carnage.
A little over a year ago, I was mentioning this to a co-worker and she told me that she skated often and invited me to join her.
So I rented a pair of skates (she advised that I should start off on figure skates until I get my balance) and stepped out onto the ice. She led me around skating backwards. Naturally, I was scared. But I wasn't the only mid-life skating crisis on the ice, either.
I wall-crawled a lot. The wall became my friend. I propelled myself along the wall, using it to keep me from falling. I also rented some library books on skating and they helped a lot (Laura Stamm's Powerskating was a particularly good one). I visualized the way the skates were
, and how to use that to help propel myself along. I practiced my balance and instead of propelling myself forward along the boards with my hands while gliding, I used the wall to steady myself and walked along the wall in a side-to-side motion, which, as it turns out, is the proper
for skating. My friend tried to teach me this, I read about it...but I didn't really get it until I tried it for myself. Finally, I was able to stride and glide and not slip and slide. One day, it just clicked.
Like Allsmoke said...when it 'clicks', it's a great feeling.
Don't get me wrong...it won't be easy at first, and you
But you will thank yourself for it. Since I've started learning, my balance and posture have improved, I have more confidence and my teeth are whiter.
Finally, get your own skates when you're ready. Rental skates are good for a while, but I could have bought a good pair of skates for all the money I spent renting them. When I was using figure skates, I rented all the time. After I had enough confidence, I rented hockey skates (there is a different feeling when you first go from figure to hockey, but the fundamentals are pretty much the same). But the skates I rented were too long and too narrow. Once I got my own skates, there was a world of difference.
I am going to sign up for lessons. I'm sure I've taught myself a plethora of bad habits. At 37, the dream of breaking into the NHL is obviously dead, but I just want to skate well enough to be able to play pick-up with some freinds.
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