Monday, January 30, 2012

Somehow, I Managed To Skate

I mentioned last week that I had gone ice skating. Just before capturing the video of the ice skater hitting the wall, I was recording my own video on trying to skate. I found it difficult to do, initially, because of the pain in my ankles and the amount of effort it took for me to actually stay balanced. Thirty minutes in, I was sweating bullets and practically having a heart attack on the ice. I decided to tough it out as much as possible and eventually got the hang of it.

I learned a lot about ice skating that day. Here are some ice skating tips that might help you if you're just starting out on the ice:

  • Don't be afraid to fall. It's going to happen eventually, so try to fall on your ass. Keep your wrists, elbows, hips and knees from hitting the ice first. If you end up falling forward, try to keep your chin up. 
  • Start out with your left skate behind you at a 45 degree angle. Keep your knees bent with most of your weight on the left skate and push off with your left skate while moving your body weight onto the right skate. 
  • As your forward motion begins to slow, being your left foot in next to the right. Shift your weight to your right skate and push off with it.
  • To stop, turn one skate at a 45 degree angle and drag it behind the other skate. Lean back a little and shift your body weight onto the skate that is being dragged. 


  1. Do you ski? If not and you decide to pick it up you'll find this is an essential skill for traversing flat ground (the mechanics are the same).

  2. Looks nice, but kind of dangerous. I probably wouldn't be able to do that:P