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How are you fixed for blades? Roller blades, that is!

How are you fixed for blades? Roller blades, that is!

Letter to the Editor
Re: “Confessions of an inveterate skateholic”
Issue #1-2010

You are never too old to roller-skate. I am 55 and in the last year I have developed a new habit of “roller-exploring.”

Are you stuck in an obscure city with nothing to do after an arduous business day but stare at your hotel TV? Do exercise machines just not grab you? Get on your laptop and search the “Parks and Recreation” page of the nearest urban centre. Pick a park with cycle trails and Google it. Are the cycle trails paved? Is it a scenic location? If so, then blade it! Those roller blades fit nicely in your suitcase like no other sports equipment. How many cites have you done? It’s a challenge.

OK, so the truth is I am stuck working with military radars in obscure US places and the only way to ensure the good sleep and clear head needed for the next day is exercise—and lots of it.

After working indoors all day I have to get out; that four-machine hotel gym just does not cut it. Inline skating is something you can do on a moment’s notice anytime anywhere. You don’t need spandex, but, yes, wrist protectors are advisable for emergency landings. 

Typically, cycle and skating trails are built along rivers and creeks and provide a scenic way to combine getting exercise and touring the latest spot you have landed in. The Dallas Katy Trail was a surprise. Boston’s Charles River path is highly recommended. Every city has them, but the Ottawa cycle path network remains the best in my experience.

Robert Austin, Sc’79, MSc’82
Ottawa, ON


[Queen's Alumni Review 2010-2 cover]