Sunday, August 3, 2014

The Ambassadress of Roller Skiing

I've often thought that you can't be shy and be a roller skier because of all the attention that you attract, and that was never more true than today.  Seafair weekend, height of the tourist season, bright sunshiny day after yesterday's thunderstorms: even though I got a relatively early start, it was wall-to-wall visitors as I walked across the locks on my way to Discovery Park.  More people than ever before stopped me to ask what those were called (roller skis!), what are they for (to train for ski season!), can you go downhill on those (um, no!), and, is it fun (yes!).  Feeling like a minor celebrity, I finally made it to the park and my planned hill repeats.

It was a hot hot morning and I was perishing from the heat by the time I finished my workout, but I got it done: two times the big hill, 13:30ish each, two times the medium hill, 7:45ish each.  No speed records were set today, but it was perfectly fine for a hot day in August.  Walking back down the hills after each repeat is kind of  a drag, but I drank up the flowers and gobbled the blackberries, all warm and sweet in the sun ... and smiled at the kids who ran up to me and said, "Whoa, that is so cool!"  If only I were so cool in my everyday life.

My goal was to get back to my car with muscles worked and water bottle empty; done and done.  Winter is still a long way away, but I can see it out there, looking at me out of the corner of its eye, challenging me.


  1. I'm glad someone's putting those Disco hills to good use! Seems like a bummer to walk the downhills though. For what it's worth, I'm loving the brakes/speed reducers on my Jenex skis. (I don't know if Swenor makes something similar.)

  2. Yeah, I'm pretty intrigued by the idea of speed reducers. I can only eat so many blackberries!