Reed Wood really wanted to try out speed skating so we arranged this activity. Seems the facility at the University of Calgary was soon to close for some reason for 3 months so this was the last chance to get our event in.
We got to rent these skates with really long blades on them, half again the length of the shoe part. These were definitely not as stable as hockey skated. it was real hard to one skate over in front of the other when you hit a turn. But you could feel that these skated worked well are to did long hard pushes off each leg.
|Karl Burndorfer - Scout Leaders / Parents|
|Liam Davey, Chris Bodek, Spencer Wapple - Scouts|
|This would be easier if one shoe lace was long enough and the other not too long.||OK, I'm ready, the magic skates are on!||and they're off.|
|Stability is an issue here.||We'll work on the speed part later.||and Chris hits the ice.||Chris building up speed.|
|Spencer getting ready to lean into that turn...||Concentrate, Concentrate...||So how does the swinging arm thing work?||Oh, both arms, not just one.|
|Lets just try this hockey style.||Chris taking the inner lane...||The Drive by with Chris.|
|Just before the dive.||I didn't fall, really.||Pulling in on the last lap.|
|Tuck in and brake.||Liam and skating a full lap backward. So a few people fell over cause I couldn't see them!||Last back lap.||He does it...|