June 12th, 2008


Skating in the Rain

....actually, I'm just kidding. I didn't go skating in the rain today. It's just that recently it seems that many of my posts have been about doing sports in the rain, so I figured I should continue the trend!

To be honest, I have never skated in the rain. I've skated in snow before, and in moonlight, but even that is uncommon. Mostly I skate indoors.

Today I finally got back on the ice, after not having skated in at least a month, maybe two! It was nice to be back. Surprisingly it wasn't as hard as I'd expected it to be... I mean I wasn't at the peak of my game, but neither was I stumbling about the ice. I felt fairly stable and coordinated, and I was quickly able to start working instead of just warming up. I guess some of my cross-training has helped.

I accidentally put my first skate on without first putting on my gel sock, and I decided it wasn't worth re-doing for just 30 minutes of Moves. The raw spot I have on my ankle now says otherwise though... oops. Gel socks are great things, but they apparently have made my ankles wimpy. I used to have tough skin that didn't need any of these fancy-schmancy modern gel tubing. But now I've grown soft. After I bought my first pair and used them to break in a new pair of skates a few years back... well now apparently I can't skate 30 minutes without the leather rubbing my skin off.

On the other hand, back in the olden days when I had tough skin, it still was a nasty bloody mess when I had to break in a new pair of skates. So the gel socks have saved me from that at least. And to be honest, today I did 30 minutes of powerpulls and deep ankle-bending work. So it might not be entirely the fault of my wimpy skin....

Anyway I'm getting off track. What I meant to say was, I went skating at lunch today, and I missed it! Hopefully I'll manage to find more time for that (amidst my insanely packed schedule, somewhere).