What Have You Got To Lose?

When I saw a video of myself from the speed skating meet I noticed once again my feet were moving too slow.  I basically take too much time to push out and recover. I actually feel fast when I’m on the rink but when I watch the video I’m tempted to ask my husband if he filmed me in slo-mo. The answer is no, I’m just THAT slow.

Thursday night I started following one of my fellow skaters around the rink trying to stay in their skating rhythm. It was quite eye opening and made me realize how slowly I’m moving my feet but on a good note, I was able to keep up for a couple of laps and it gave me a good indication of how much quicker my strides need to be.

We did a drill where we start skating and then the coach blows the whistle and we’re to note where we’re at on the ice. After 20 seconds he blows the whistle again (15 seconds for the fast skaters) and if we’re at that same point on the ice or further ahead, we’re supposed to yell out ‘Whoo Hoo” because it means we just did a lap in 20 seconds or less (or 15 seconds or less for the fast group). Guess who did four laps in less than 20 seconds?  I’ve been doing anywhere from 20 to 23 second laps, so to be under was huge for me. HUGE. So huge, we’ll just ignore the part where I got tired and started doing longer than 20 second laps again.

At one point we were waiting to do the drill again when a skater turned to me and said “you’re really getting some speed out there now” which made me burst into a smile because he’s seen me from the very beginning when I was all pinwheeling arms and just trying to stay upright. I thanked him then laughingly replied, “It’s too bad I choke when an actual race is involved,” to which he responded, “Just skate. What have you got to lose.”

The answer is, nothing. I love everything about learning how to speed skate, you literally can’t wipe the smile off my face during my Thursday night class. I couldn’t even skate last year and this year, well, I’m skating! And because of the skating, this year I’ll be running a triathlon. And next year, who knows? Because it’s this amazing ripple affect and it kinda just keeps getting better.

The whole thing is mind boggling to me.

But it also leaves me wondering why you aren’t out there doing what it is you really, really want to do. Sometimes all it takes is that one little step that will make a big difference in your life.

What have you got to lose?

p.s. I was having this a discussion with my kids about nightclubs and I don’t know whether to laugh or be completely insulted at the horror my kids displayed when they found out their dad and I used to go to clubs where we would drink and dance. *gasp*  Clearly we are ancient.


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Sharon DeVellis is a mother, wife and writer who can uncork a wine bottle in less than 10 seconds but buys twist-offs for emergencies. She’s currently in therapy to stop talking about herself in third person.
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7 Responses to What Have You Got To Lose?

  1. Sharon – your attitude alone is so very motivating. Thank you!

  2. Jane says:

    I adore you! Keep going- I am cheering you on!

  3. Amber says:

    Very motivating! I wish I had the guts to just take things on. Ur story is inspirational.

  4. Kaari says:

    As per my usual, I’ll ignore the larger message in your post and focus on the skating :-) Awesome job on the 20 second laps! That’s the great part about speedskating…there’s always something to focus on, something to achieve, something to make you smile!

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