- Stretch before you begin & and whenever you start feeling tense
2. Don't look down
- If you look down you will go down! (This is the first piece of advice I got from an experienced skater of 40+ years) Honestly really helped me out when I got right on the skating ring and my speed was a turtle's pace🐢. By the end of the night (about 3 hours) I was going as fast as most of the skaters. Now I just need to learn how to stop instead of falling or skating into people.
3. Take breaks
- Take breaks when you start feeling tired or tense please do not keep going. You may be more likely to fall! (This happened to me I felt tired but kept saying one more round in my head because the ring was going to close soon. Then I got distracted, fell backwards, hard with the breath knocked out of me.)
- I made a friend on the skate ring floor who has been skating for over 40 years upon observing them I noticed that they took so many breaks! They grooved hard for a few songs, then hopped off the floor and grooved to the music from the sidelines and watched everyone else skate.
- When sitting on the side try to observe other skaters and see if you notice any tricks or tricks you want to learn next.
5. Ask for help
- Ask others for tips and any other questions that are on your mind like learning a specific technique/trick. You can make friends this way and maybe you will see these people the next time you go rollerblading.