Skating

Does anyone else enjoy skating. I have started going to a quad roller skating group (discos!). I also now go to an in-line skating group which goes out into the parks in the better weather. I've always enjoyed ice skating although don't go that often as I could never find skates that didn't hurt my feet.

I find skating wonderful exercise and it is especially good for developing the 'core muscles' in the stomach area as well as strengthening the legs and improving the balance.

I have not been to any classes but in typical Autie or Aspie fashion I can learn by teaching myself and can now skate backwards.

  • I love skating and have recently gotten into ice skating, I bought some skates because the hire ones were awful and I haven't had lesson either but bought a book on ice skating, as you say in true aspie fashion I picked it up pretty quickly and can zoom round quickly, im comfortable with crossovers on the turns and can skate backwards! I really enjoy it though, I go on my own as I don't have many friends and certainly non who want to go ice skating and I can happily spend hours zooming around the rink! 

  • I used to take my children skating (both autistic), the main problem was the loud music caused the younger one to meltdown.  We haven't been for a while but we are thinking of going again.  I don't skate myself as I am terrified of falling and hurting my already problematic back.

  • That's wonderful Mason. I keep meaning to get a book. I have been trying to get the hang of forward cross-overs and can do them on the roller skates but haven't quite got the nerve on the ice. At the weekend I went ice skating and was trying to turn around and skate backwards (nearly falling on my nose) and a man came up to me and started giving me hints, telling me to keep looking up and lean back. It was difficult with so many people there but then about twenty minutes later a little boy said to me 'your doing well'.

    It made my day that two people spoke to me! I'm sure for Neurotypicals they wouldn't be thinking about how great it was that two people interacted with them. If someone had said something critical or nasty it would have stayed in my head forever the same way as those two people's comments will.

    I went quad skating too at the weekend and again it was so nice having the staff that work there speak to me and just come out with the occasional encouraging comment. One of them was showing me how to turn from forward to backward on the roller skates and I got the hang of it - going very slowly though. It seems to be as much about adjusting your balance for so many of the moves.

  • IntenseWorld - I can see why your young one wouldn't like the noise. The volume of the music is so loud, especially in the ice rinks or in the one I go to it is. Maybe they could get into inline skating as with that you can skate outdoors as long as it's on smooth tracks. With those skates I think your much less likely to fall unless you hit a hole in the ground.

    When I go skating I wear wrist guards, knee pads and elbow guards. Sometimes a helmet too. I have found that at first my back got sore but now my stomach muscles have strengthened a lot and core muscles.

  • It's suprising how many people do go ice skating on there own and they tend to be quite friendly. sometimes the more experienced skaters will give helpful advice like what you got, one guy was showing me how to glide properly and another time someone told me to put more weight on the front of the blades for backwards skating which does help a lot. like you say it's so nice when someone interacts, it's another reason why I like to go there!! I've had roller blades in the past and I really like the idea of it but it scares me more than ice skating because I live on a hill and it goes too fast downhill, I never managed stopping or slowing down with skates, at least with ice skating it's flat, smooth, easier to stop and as long as the blades are sharp they grip the ice!

  • Mason said:

    It's suprising how many people do go ice skating on there own and they tend to be quite friendly. sometimes the more experienced skaters will give helpful advice like what you got, one guy was showing me how to glide properly and another time someone told me to put more weight on the front of the blades for backwards skating which does help a lot. like you say it's so nice when someone interacts, it's another reason why I like to go there!! I've had roller blades in the past and I really like the idea of it but it scares me more than ice skating because I live on a hill and it goes too fast downhill, I never managed stopping or slowing down with skates, at least with ice skating it's flat, smooth, easier to stop and as long as the blades are sharp they grip the ice!

    Oh my I don't think I could handle roller blades on a hill. The group I go to for Roller Blading go out into the parks when the weather gets better and I was wondering what happens when they reach a hill!

    I managed to get a book on ice skating from the library (the only one all of the libraries had in my area to borrow!). It's quite good and just a beginners book but interesting to read. It's called Ice Skating Basices by Araron Foeste. I hope to try and go ice skating tomorrow.

  • did ypu get to the ice rink in the end? The book I got was ice skating steps to success by Karen Kunzle-Waston and it's quite good it explains things very well and I felt like it improved my skating so far! it so much fun!! I wish I'd made the most of having a park to skate around where I used to live, there was a brilliant park there, it was big, mostly flat and with smooth pathways and a skating lane on some of the paths too. There's no where to do that around here though so I'll stick to ice skating, at least I'm lucky to have an ice rink quite close by!

  • I like skating. I started going to the local skating a few months ago - I take my 7yo boy. It's good because we get to spend time together without mum and little sis, it's our thing. I liked it as a kid too so it's nice to share that with him. Also, I would have felt far too out of place to go on my own. I was encouraged to go by the fact that a life long friend of mine (whom I don't see enough of for many years) goes with his daughter. It then turned out that another guy that a know from when I was a teenager goes with his little girl too. So it is now the highlight of my week. Unfortunately I can't always go due to my general state of health. My friend has noticed that my boy doesn't act like the other kids there. (_Not_ news to me) He said had I considered my boy might have Aspergers or something? It's almost funny if it wasn't spot on. I am pretty sure he is on the spectrum just like I'm pretty sure I am. One diagnosis at a time though. It doesn't seem to be causing my boy any great difficulty (yet) so it seems more important to get me sorted first as I'm in  a right mess. Then I'll be able to help my boy out better in the long run. Does that make sense?

  • I haven't logged in here for a while but just to say I'm still mad about skating! Still roller skating mainly and a bit of ice skating too. I got myself a pair of better roller skates just there from Ebay. They are Edea quad roller skates and are so much better than the ones I had. The only problem is getting used to how quickly the wheels seem to move.

    The two young women who organise the roller discos where I stay had posted on their website about someone who teaches Artistic Roller Skating. Apparently this young woman is really good and she's kind and friendly. The distance I had to travel was really a bit much for me but I went along for the 8 weeks of classes and enjoyed them so much.

    Much of what she taught will take a fair bit of practice but I'm pleased about that as it means I have something to potter away at getting the knack of. She taught us how to skate efficiently and how to use the edges. The skates I had at the time were not much good since the wheels on them don't turn easily but hopefully with my newer second hand skates I will be able to put what she taught me into practice. We even learned how to do something called a three-jump, three turns, mohawk one foot turns too.

    In January a Roller Rink will open near to where I stay which is great.

    I am getting a little better at the ice skating although it is much harder to do things at a slow pace ice skating due to the bumps in the surface of the ice. I'm still getting the hang of the backward cross-overs but can skate on one foot at a time much better now.

  • This is a fairly new thing and long needed. It is 'Inclusive Skating' organisation aimed at children and adults who are disabled. I visited a rink local to me where IS runs and it was great. There are many autistic children especially attend the session. I also watched the members of this club complete at a national competition which was so great to see.

    www.inclusiveskating.org/

    As usual though I wouldn't attend as I always feel I come across as too NT in appearance so people would be continually asking me why I was there. I did go and volunteer at a session though and it was a great atmosphere. Both the children and the adult skaters seemed like they have having a lovely time. The distance is a bit much from where I stay and also due to being unemployed I don' thave a lot of money to pay for regular travel on trains this far. Also amongst the volunteers I was the only Aspie which can be hard.