Last night I did something that I have wanted to do for years – go ice skating at an outdoor rink in the middle of winter.
I have never ice skated before, so getting out on the ice surrounded by so many experienced skaters was a little nerve wracking. Ok, I was terrified. Fortunately, I had a wonderful teacher Claire who held my hand and said many encouraging things and Lee who brought us much needed glühwein from which I learnt that I skate much better after consuming alcohol.
After 30 minutes of sheer terror, I was able to skate by myself in the middle of the rink! Also I didn’t fall over, not even once, although there was a lot of near misses. I learnt the key to ice skating is to keep your knees bent and also the faster you go, the easier it is. I found that when I slowed down, I started to lose my balance.
We spent about 90 minutes out on the ice in -8C and snowing until we became too tired and cold to continue. It was a fantastic experience and I really want to go ice skating again.