In the words of Seals & Croft (yes, I am that old and kind of a hippy) “Summer breeze makes me feel fine…”
But as usual, it has come and gone way too fast.
As always, I am sad to see it go but I can say that when it came to skating, I certainly made the most out of this summer.
From the beginning to the end I managed 32 DOSTS (Days On Skates This Summer). For someone who usually laments about not making enough time to skate, I can finally say that I skated as much as I wanted to. Keeping a pair of skates by the door at home and one in my car, I was always ready when the opportunity presented itself, and by my calculations, it was just about 1 out of 3 days!
It has been such a pleasure to skate from “wherever” knowing that while I am doing it I am not only having a chance to explore “my world” in a unique way, but that I am also getting an unparalleled workout on my hips, glutes, and thighs. Sure, I could go to the gym and do bunch of squats and nautilus for similar results but why would I want to do that when skating does the same thing with fresh air and much better view!
My favorite skates this summer by far have been with my daughter. Visiting friends, getting ice cream, joining in a parade, or just skating with no destination in mind, I am completely impressed with her ability to negotiate the sidewalks and streets. Since a majority of her skating has been in the confines of an ice rink it is amazing how easily she has transferred her ability to defy gravity on ice blades to defying gravity on 8 wheels!
Although the weather is starting to turn and I will have to wait another 9 months for the “Sweet days of summer.. .” I am still hopeful to accumulate some DOSTF (Days On Skates This Fall). So far, so good as I am 2 out of 4 days!
A special thanks to my good friend and skating instructor Franc Pirc from Slovenia who served as my DOSTS inspiration! Dreaming of a seaside skate with you soon!