I´m old, practically ancient (38), and hadn´t skated in 20 years until last week.
But my daughter was on vacation from school, and we were out shopping and saw some roller skates,
and she wanted them, and, being the doting father that I am, I bought them.
We went to a local rink where she spent the afternoon clinging to the rail.
I rented skates and, heh, what do you know...it´s like riding a bike after all.
In no time I was showing up teenagers on the rink!
We went back a few days later and my daughter came off the rail after a bit and was zipping around like nobody´s business....What fun!
So, I´ve ordered a pair of Chicago rink skates, which I am picking up at FedEx today (rental skates give blisters)
and also purchased a pair of inline skates for outdoor enjoyment, which I have already tried out.
I figure, my daughter loves skating, and I have many fond memories of skating as a child,
so, we´re making a new family hobby of it. Get´s me away from the office (I work at home translating documents, my own boss, make my own hours, and I make too many hours sometimes, and really need to get out of this chair and get some exercise and air. Can´t run, as I used to do, due to heel injury, but skating is low impact, so I can it). My wife is even interested in trying it out
(and she´s even more advanced in years than an I am...she´s really old...beautiful, but really old...4 years older than me).
Now, I did the usual quad-rink skating as a kid, tried ice-skating like twice, maybe three times, but this inline
thing is completely new to me.
The inline skates I bought have abec7 bearings and 72mm wheels, but, even still, it seems like a lot more
work, to me, to get up to speed and maintain. Also, can´t turn nearly as sharply or do other stuff I can do on quads...yet. Is it the skates (I never heared of abec7, only 1-5, before..they were rather, shall we say inexpensive)? Or is it the rough surface and hills and stuff?
The road I was on was not smooth, at all, nor flat...not exactly hilly, but with some significant grades...
Or is it just that I´m too old? (I have no trouble zipping around the rink, but, hey, that´s a smooth surface
and flat, no hills, etc.)
Also, I noticed that I was wearing the inside of the right wheels, and the middle of the left, and feeling more pressure on the inside of the left boot. I started to think the plates were misaligned to my feet, but when I took the skates off, they appeared to be on straight. Is this normal? I suppose from skating on the margins of the road maybe? Or am I doing something wrong...remember, I am more accustomed to quads. It was my first time on inlines (didn´t fall once!).
Also, anyone in CT with recommendations on where to skate?
I found Long Beach rink in Stratford (we livein Bridgeport), and we also intend to try out the rink in Monroe, but, I am also interested in finding good places to skate outdoors with the inlines.