my mama always wanted me to speed skate really didn't like me playing hockey I came home bumps and bruises because of my competitive nature I was always like as fast as I could as hard as I could you know getting in there getting hurt and she really did not like hockey she was a recreational speed skater so she would go up in town and she would skate and and I would go up and kind of steal her skates every once in a while at the end of a session of the adults and just tried to go around with speed skating so the team sport thing kind of got in the way a little bit I got less and less pleasure out of going to a game and so I just started thinking about well maybe I should go back to speed skating my mom always thought that it was a good idea so I ended up going out and they gave me the skates and I just thought oh I'm just gonna fall flat in my face I don't know what to do and it took me a little bit to get out the nervousness and once I got on there I just kept improving and proving it and ventured into the competitive piece so now I can't really skate in hockey skates because I feel like Bambi when I don't have enough skate under me so it's kind of a neat to be able to transition from a world of hockey about thirty years to a little bit so I've been involved in actually all three disciplines the short track skating is what most people would refer to like when they see the Olympics and it's the smaller track and you're going around faster and faster than the mats are around the ends of the rink the long track is the 400-meter track which you see sometimes but we don't really think about it and that's the 400-meter track where you'd see two skaters skating off against each other it's just going around and competing against time is the factor really that you're working towards and that's kind of a neat part because it's all about you and how you skate and I also do the marathon II would see any like in the skater as a competitor oh she's definitely competitive she's a she's developed a lot this year we've been working with her specifically on some outside edge stuff and and there's definitely been some improvements so very coachable you can still learn things that I find that as an older athlete you start to realize that the warming up the making sure that we avoid injury when you take care of your body and that's one of the things I loved about that you know there is that it makes you a little wiser to well I think when I was younger you just kind of went out and you did the sports and you know I learned as much as I could but I'm not sure that I likely perfected some of the things the more experienced skaters the 60 to 70 the 80 year olds can really tell you a little bit about your technique and really that's what I focused on the last couple of years so I I think as an older athlete you start to realize some of the things and can maybe pick up things a little quicker because you're more willing to kind of take some of those pointers I did I just love the sport I love the social aspect of the sport I've met a lot of great friends through the Kitchener Club and then by going to these international events and the North American events I know people in a lot of different places and that I don't see a finish line not when I see 80 year olds out there and still loving it and still enjoying it two weekends ago I ended up second the first place was a 60 year old the third place was the 70 year old so I'm boxed in the centre and loving every minute of it yeah I just my weekends fly and my life flies because I always have somewhere to go and something to do

Ageless Sports – SPEED SKATING
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5 thoughts on “Ageless Sports – SPEED SKATING

  • July 31, 2019 at 7:54 pm
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    Great video! Speed skating is a fun, weather independent, family friendly way to get a great workout on a weeknight. It is like flying and dancing all rolled in to one! Try it!

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  • July 31, 2019 at 7:54 pm
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    Yahoooo way to go Sandy!!! Amazing video!!!!!

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  • July 31, 2019 at 7:54 pm
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    Sandy is an inspiration!

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  • July 31, 2019 at 7:54 pm
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    Glad to see a fellow "master" getting back to ss.

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