It was August, somewhere in rural Idaho, and we were skating on one of the most impressive rail trail systems – the Centennial, the Couer d’Alene and the Hiawatha – in the US. Three adventurous ladies putting in maximum skating miles each day, getting fit, and dreaming big dreams about the future of inline skating. It was an impassioned conversation. Why don’t more of our friends skate? How can we bring the sport to the states many consider “unskateable”? What’s the best way to get new skaters to feel included and build confidence needed to try an inline marathon or city event? We’d been brought together by Zephyr Adventures to explore the wild Idaho habitat with 24 other like-minded fitness fiends. This day, we were enjoying lunch at a lakeside beach. At the end of our chatty siesta, I had committed to founding a skate club, earning my NSP shirt and becoming a certified skate instructor. Laura was noodling the challenge of bringing skating to North Dakota with a huge event. Cheryl, the social genius among us, was planning our trek (or glide) across Alaska in 2011. Before the ball drops on 2010, I’m proud to tell you that our dreams have become reality. Funny how fast you can move with wheels on your feet! With the help of my ICB kin, I have become New Hampshire’s first ever National Skate Patroller and my skate club, Granite Skate, is growing slowly with determination. Cheryl has twisted our arms and we’re signed up for the new Zephyr skating adventure in Alaska. Laura has brought Rolling on the River, a brand new inline skate marathon, to life and has revised the lyrics to a classic holiday song for her stunningly hysterical holiday card.
It may not seem like a big deal to you, cherished reader, but to we three, it’s the essence of life. Imagination, a wish, an open mind and the willingness to be first is all it takes. Perfect sentiment for New Year’s Eve, don’t you think? What will you start, or grow, or include in your life this year? You’re here, so you skate. Make it a bigger part of your life in 2011. Who knows, we may see you whizzing past a glacier come June.
“own your roll”