In December 2015 I wrote a blog post dedicated to my new hobbie - inline skating. Now, a year after that, I think, it is a time to document my progress.
According to Endomondo I rolled 830 km in 2016 (actually, I believe this number is bigger in reality, because sometimes I forgot to start the app).
Occasionally I post some images to twitter during skating - so, make sure you follow me there.
My resolutions for 2016 were:
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…)
And I am happy to say, that almost everything from this list is completed (and even more!).
My power-slide still is far from perfect, but I am working on it. I am very confident on streets. Actually, during last year I skated thru my town in all directions. And it was so much fun, that I almost totally abandoned skating on the trail. With this, my average speed dropped, of course, but who cares?! I understand now, that speed is not the most exciting part.
Also I learned how to jump - this really openned streets for me. One leg balancing also became much better - I can skate on one leg for at least 20 meters (maybe more).
I learned and mastered spinning around - now I use this technique all the time when I need to stop at low speeds.
My back forwards are not that good, but I learned the basics. Will continue to work on that this year.
In general, I am very satisfied with the results. Probably, I could learn new stuff faster - but I take it slow to limit injuries possibilities. I even think to start wearing a helmet next season. Because, you know, I fall very rarely now, but more painfully - the speed is bigger now and I skate in places not really meant for that.
Few months ago I started to skate in local skate park - a lot of lessons learned there.
In my previous post I mentioned, that maybe I will try to film some skating videos. And I did - welcome youtube channel "Life on 8 wheels"
Right now I have 13 videos. A little bit more than 10 subscribers and almost 500 views in total. I experimented a lot with format, content, length, etc… So this is still work in progress and channel may change. Anyway, I think, I will continue to do small (5-10 min) videos from my skating sessions in 2017. So, please, subscribe!
The weather in December was awful for inline skating and I decided to try ice skating. After few trips to local Ice Stadium and skating in rental skates, I decided that I should proceed and get my own skates. But instead of ice skates I bought ice blades for my inline skates at https://www.proskatersplace.com.
And I must say that the result is very good - I do not feel the difference comparing with ordinal ice skates. But I feel much more comfortable in my inline skates and also it is easier to put them on.
I am very happy with ice skating as temporal replacement for inline during the winter. Now almost daily I go to local open ice rink.
I am looking forward to 2017. Probably I will upgrade my current skates to better ones. Will skate and create videos more. So see ya in the next skating season!