Blading…

I can’t believe how nice the weather was this past week! Each day was nice enough that I’ve managed to get some rollerblading time in. My legs are sore from rollerblading so much. For some reason, I don’t mind the pain. It hurts a bit but I find that rollerblading is relaxing.

I’ve been rollerblading since I was in middle school. The year before going to middle school, my friends all had rollerblades and they were playing street hockey. I couldn’t play because I didn’t have and rollerblades. So, yeah, I was kind of left out. But, that’s not the reason why I started rollerblading. To be honest, I have no idea why I started, I just did.

Over the years, blading has been my main mode of transportation. No matter where I went, my blades were my wheels. I think I bought like a couple different pairs before getting to the pair I have now. The first pair I had weren’t the best. The wheels were loud, the boot was plastic and tore easily and it wasn’t that comfortable. The 2nd pair was pretty much the same, only this time, the wheels were rubber and they were quieter.

The pair I have now, I had since high school. It’s got a lot of scratches on it due to the wipe outs. I wiped out a lot at first. For some reason, I didn’t like using the brakes. The first thing I did, when I got this pair, was take off the brakes. I’ve been blading for years now, so I didn’t have any use for the brakes. You’re probably thinking I’m crazy for not having brakes. So, how do I stop? I either stop like they stop on ice, or I drag my wheels. And as a last resort, I just wipe out.

For anyone out there who has never rollerbladed before and want to start, I’d suggest buying a cheap pair first. You don’t want to buy an expensive pair, wipe out and ruin your rollerblades. Be smart, get a cheap one, learn until you’re ready and then buy an expensive one. Once you’re ready, I’ll be at the harbour front waiting for a race. This track is about 3km, one way. So that’s a 6km round trip. The pavement is smooth, there are a lot of hills and on a nice day, there’s a lot of pedestrian traffic. So keep up if you can!