Saturday, December 13, 2008

Speed Skating

I’m still skating a couple times a week. I got intimidated a while back when I met some “real” speed skaters, and they literally left me in the dust.
Other setbacks:
∞ Quality skates cost at least $300 and must be ordered online.
∞ Wheels constantly wear out and must be replaced.
∞ Oh yeah, the little matter of safety—when your main object is speed, you can have some pretty nasty accidents.
But another part of my turn-off was the macho sports culture of the online posts these uber-athletes make. All about training and times and race routes. Just too much testosterone for a poor blond like me, who only skates to keep her rear end in shape, and to get out in the fresh air.
I guess I’m just not competitive. ;)


namastenancy said...

I LOVE roller skating. There was a group of us that used to roller skate in Golden Gate Park on weekends when the main roads were closed and we had a nice surface to skate on. I haven't done it in ages but I should start again.

kloeamongtheturks said...

I saw skaters in Golden Gate Park when I was there a few months ago, looked fun, although crowded.
Wear wrist guards, protect your painting arm...