Snow! As I type this Saturday afternoon the snow is starting to fall, and we will see if the twin cities actually gets 4-6 inches, or if the weather people were a bit off in their predictions. Jeff and I have now skated three times this winter. I bought my ice skates at fleet farm last winter, but never actually got them out of the box and in use. Jeff (in non-pandemic times) plays hockey twice a week in different leagues. He’s a great skater and I am….not.
As a kid I did take a couple years of skating lessons, but it has been more than 10 years since I was on the ice. The first we skated I barely made it 20 minutes. Everything felt awkward, and I was so frustrated that it wasn’t coming naturally. I knew what to do, but my body just didn’t seem to want to do it. The second time we skated I set a timer for 25 minutes. Other people showed up at the rink, and I think that helped me push through a bit. Today (Saturday) we went skating, and I made it 30 minutes. Once again, the first 10 minutes or so was rough, the middle 10 minutes I started getting better, and I was really proud of my progress in the last 10 minutes.
After the 1st session being so rough, I put music on my phone, which helped distract me a bit, and make the time go faster. And in general, whenever I’m biking, running, or even walking. I enjoy having music or a podcast on to distract me. I find a can go farther, or do more if I don’t just have my internal dialogue going.
Do you like quiet when you are doing difficult things? Or do you like listening as a distraction? Have you ever taken 10ish years off from an activity and tried to learn how to do it again?