In 2015 I got a new hobby - inline skating.
The decision to try inline skating was fairly spontaneous and mainly driven by my wife. The beautiful idea was - we will skate together in sunset holding hands.
Well, month or two later my wife gave up and decided what it is too dangerous and tricky. Yes, we tried to skate together and even hold hands few times, but very soon our expectations and goals became too different. My wife was OK to skate really slowly and only on ideal surface and in ideal environment. On the other hand, I wanted to go faster, try new things and study some tricks. So I started to skate alone and my wife joined me very rarely.
It was hard from beginning. For a month we practiced in a big and free from cars parking area. After we learned some basics we moved to special trail outside the town. Most of the summer I spent on this 3 km long path with ideal asphalt.
Here is some statistics:
In May I started to skate on trail. 4 months I trained for speed. From 9 km/h to 17 km/h. In the middle of that period I replaced my very basic wheels and bearings to more advanced. This gave me faster speed.
Of course, my technique also progressed. I felt pretty confident and because inline skating is not very popular in my town I was the fastest guy on the trace. Well, not always. Sometimes I was smashed by guys who clearly had more experience in inline skating and better equipment. But I was close.
In November and December there is a noticeable speed drop. This is because I started to skate on the streets.
It was scary and very challenging. All these obstacles, rough surfaces, pedestrians, cars….
You will be laughing, but during all the summer I was skating without any real stopping technique. I kinda was able to stop very slowly, but this was not enough for streets. So before going to city I studied T-stop.
This is very basic and most used stopping technique. It is basic, but not simple. Before you will be able to do T-stop you should master to balance on one leg. Basically you should be able to roll on one leg for few seconds.
In October, finally, I learned how to do T-stop and in November I started to skate near my house. My current usual route consist of bicycle roads and sidewalks. There are pedestrians, road crossings, different surfaces - asphalt, very bad asphalt and different kinds of tiles.
So, that I accomplished in 2015:
Confident forward skating
17 km/h average speed
Not scared of rough surfaces
Stepping on and stepping off (for example stepping on sidewalk from the road)
One line (mostly right leg is forward)
Basic balancing on one leg (right leg much better than left)
The plan for 2016 is:
Confident on streets
Confident one leg balancing
> 20 km/h average speed on trace
Basic back forward
Basic low speed tricks (spinning, turning, changing direction, etc…)
All this year I was watching few youtube channels about inline skating and skating in streets. Most inspiring and interesting channels are:
I think I will try to film something similar next year. It should be fun. So, stay tuned!