I went blading at Sunnyside Pavillion after work today. You know, with less sunlight day after day, the inline skating season is soon coming to a close. Normally, I blade with a heavy backpack full of stuff (wallet, keys, phone, camera, a few essential cosmetic, 2L of water, sunscreen). I didn't realize how heavy my load is until I bladed without my pack today. For reasons mainly due to laziness, I just shoved my phone and keys in my cargo pants pockets and carried my water bottle in my hand. Before I knew it, I was flying down the trail. I was blading much faster than normal and I wasn't tired at all. The wind was strong today so there was some good resistance. I was even blading faster than the Trailblader group. Wow.
I love speed bumps. There is a group of four speed bumps over a short stretch of road on the trail. Only a week ago, I was carefully rolling over them. However, for the past few days, I learn to approach them with more speed and get some air. It's the most amazing feeling. I'm just beginning to learn to blade backward and pivot on a single wheel to turn from forward to backward. It's slow in coming but I know I will get it soon.
If you don't know already, we do have a Friday night skate in Toronto. Every Friday evening at 21:30, a group of bladers would gather at the Royal Bank staircase at Yonge & Bloor. The group departs at 22:00 and the route varies every week. Hope to see you there some time.