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Old 09-17-2002, 10:11 AM
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Pinkie Winky Learning to Rollerblade! Yikes

Hi, I have wanted Roller skates since I was 14. Well, I'm now 35 and to reward myself on losing 30 lbs., I bought a pair of K2 Roller Blades.

Does anyone have any suggestions on the best way to learn this sport? I started practicing on carpet, graduated to the hardwood floors and the basement concrete floor. I have a HARD time getting up!! and my balance needs work. Does anyone have any suggestions? I don't want to give up and I'm trying not to get frustrated, because I know it will be fun. Thanks.
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Old 09-17-2002, 02:07 PM
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Good for You! I can't help with the how but I will say HAVE FUN.

I used to love roller skating but years ago I twisted my ankle so bad I had to stop skating and skiing.
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Old 09-21-2002, 01:29 PM
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Good for you on the weight loss and the drive to learn a new skill. I don't know how to teach you but sounds like a good start. Get out there and get going!! Have fun.
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Old 09-22-2002, 05:09 PM
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I would look in the yellow pages for an instuctor if you've never been on skates before. Otherwise, I'd suggest you go to a bike path or park that has blacktop paths. It's easiest to start on a flat surface. Also, make sure you have knee pads and wrist guards in case you fall. You could also buy a helmet just to be safe. Good luck with your skating!!!
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Old 09-23-2002, 09:55 AM
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Lightbulb call a rink

Call your local roller-skating rink and ask if they have classes, or if someone who works there would consider teaching you. When I was growing up, ours had classes. And most of the roller rinks now allow blades.

There have always been rules about using skates that have been dirtied on the street in the rink, so don't use them in the road until you know if you'll use them in the rink.

Otherwise, I would just strap them on and go for it. Maybe practice in your kitchen or garage first. Just skating forward and stopping. (Especially stopping!) Don't expect to do any "extreme stunts" for a couple years!!
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Old 09-24-2002, 04:03 AM
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THANKS FOR ALL THE GREAT RESPONSES! I DIDN'T THINK OF LOOKING FOR LESSONS- WHAT A GREAT IDEA! I THOUGHT IT WAS ALL TRIAL AND ERROR!!
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Old 09-25-2002, 11:00 AM
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And please remember the pads! Wrists guards so you don't break your wrists (and then can't type!). Elbow and knee pads are also important.

I learned by pushing my daughter in a stroller. My personal crutch. She kept me steady while I tried to get smoother at it.

I went out one time with my brother (and no stroller) and I wiped out. I gashed my knee, it bled all the way back home and it took forever to heal. I didn't know how much I used my knee until it hurt every time I bent it or kneeled down. One year later the sore popped open again. Yuk!

I don't wish that on you...so please invest in pads!
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Old 09-26-2002, 11:20 AM
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Thanks! I did invest in pads and a helmet!

What kind of stroller did you use? The umbrella stroller seems too light, and I'm debating whether to invest in a jogging stroller. But, I heard they are easier to tip when rollerblading??
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Old 09-27-2002, 08:48 PM
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I just used my Graco Outrider. I tried to find one on the internet...couldn't quite so easily. It's a sturdy stroller with the big wheels. The front wheels don't turn, which I actually prefer when roller blading. My parents have a stroller with turning wheels, and they do this weird wobbling something like going just a bit too fast or hit a pebble. That's not so great.

I know my stroller isn't meant for jogging and probably not for roller blading. However, this was a Christmas gift when Rayah was 2 months old. We don't have the cash to buy a jogger and I don't really go that fast or that much.

BTW, my aunt and uncle wore out 3 or more strollers when their son was little. I'm not sure if they used umbrella strollers, or if they were rough with them. My stroller just will not wear out, and we've had it almost 4 years.
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