Inline skating in the rain is a very fun idea for many people. Just like scenes from romantic movies where a guy puts his girlfriend on the handle bars of his bike and they go out on a bike ride in the middle of the rain. It’s very romantic, very emotional, and makes for great memories. The problem is that ideas that seem awesome on paper or on the silver screen might not be all that practical in real life.
Unfortunately, inline skating in the rain is one of those ideas. You have to understand that when you’re doing inline skating, the most important factor that keeps you safe is the quality of the surface you’re skating on. Nothing comes close, seriously, and you have to make sure at the very least that the surface you’re skating on is free of any debris on any other hazards on the road like cracks on the road, potholes, rubble, so on and so forth.
While inline skates can, and do absorb quite a bit of pressure and force, they can only absorb so much. They can only go as far as protecting your safety and health is concerned. You hate to also do your part by ensuring as much as possible that you are going to be skating on even ground and that there is little ruled or surface flaw as much as possible.
Unfortunately, you’re not Nostradamus. You’re not some sort of psychic that can magically visualize all areas of the surface and skate only in the right portions so you can have a great and safe time. It doesn’t work that way and accordingly, even while skating in areas designated for rollerblading, people still manage to spill. They still manage to lose their center of gravity, tip over, and in many cases hurt themselves.
This goes with the territory so even under optimal situations and conditions, spilling is still not out of the question. Can you imagine the likelihood of getting an accident when it’s raining?
How Bad Could It Get?
Well, I don’t mean to depress or discourage you with this article. I want you to have a great time with your inline skates. I want you to enjoy the great outdoors. I want you to get a full range of benefits that inline skating bring to the table. With that said, you have to understand that when you go skating in the rain, you have added to the list of road issues that you need to be on the lookout for. You really have.
Not only do you have to pay attention to flaws with the surface and I’m talking about potholes, cracks, surface flaws, indentations, crevices, depressions, as well as rubble, you also have added surface water issues.
Water is very slippery. Depending on the depth of the water and how the water has pooled, they can lead to serious slipping problems when skating in the rain. Inline skating wheels have evolved to the point that they can tolerate quite a bit of water.
This is why it’s really important to pay careful attention to the changes in your behavior when it comes to wet surfaces. You have to change your behavior. You have to change how you skate otherwise you’re going to be in for a world of hurt. Consider yourself warned.
You can’t skate the same way on wet surfaces as you would during a hot dry summer day. It’s just not the same. You’re dealing with different surface conditions, you’re dealing with different moisture levels, and you’re dealing with two totally different animals.
The Impact on Traction
So the reason why you’re able to skate straight and safely is because of the proper traction you are able to achieve on dry surfaces. The wheel impacts the ground the right way and you’re able to lay your weight the right way. This leads to you being able to travel in a straight line. Pretty straightforward. Very simple.
Now, when there is water on the surface, the traction decreases. The more water, the less traction. Accordingly, you have to change your behavior. At the very least, you should start to slow down. Whenever you are skating on water, make sure that you skate at a slower speed.
Also, be ready for loss of control. This is unavoidable. If there’s any kind of obstruction on the road, it’s so much easier to lose control of your skates and the worst part to all of this is that you can position your body as easily as you would in dry conditions.
It’s really important that you must change your expectations when it’s raining outside. You can still skate but believe me, it’s not going to be like the inline skating fun that you see depicted in the movies. Not by a long shot. In the movies, they are actually using trained stunt people as well as controlled circumstances to ensure that none of the actors hurt themselves. That’s not playing out in your life when you try your hand at inline skating or rollerblading in the rain. Keep the following tips in mind.
Make Sure that Your Feet are Lined up Properly
The first thing you need to do is to make sure that your feet are lined up under you at all times. This is really important. Otherwise, it’s too easy to fall backwards and you don’t need me to remind you of how catastrophic that could be.
Employ Double Push Movements
Since rain puts a lot more resistance of your push, you have to do a double push. The good news is you don’t have to pull this off perfectly. It doesn’t have to be a perfect move. Just do a double push because you need to extend more effort due to the increased energy requirements produced by the rain on the surface that you’re skating on. The rain has drastically reduced the impact of a regular push so you have to compensate for this by doing a double push. You have to put in twice the effort.
Watch Those Turns
It’s easy to think that the rain, especially a light drizzle wouldn’t really impact your skating game. You might be thinking that things are peachy and everything is exactly the same as dry conditions. Unfortunately, don’t let appearances fool you. You might find out in the worst and most painful way possible that water actually produces a major negative impact on your movements. This becomes painfully apparent when it comes to you executing turns.
When you are executing a turn while skating, it’s not going to be as crisp and sharp as when it’s dry out. Let go of that expectation. Instead, you need to actually slow down and be very careful when making the turns. As much as possible, try to slow down way ahead of the turn. Make sure that you have enough space around you.
It can get really nasty really quickly if there are other people around you and then you execute a turn in the worst way possible and find out because you found out that you don’t have as much control as before. The water pretty much drastically reduced your ability to control the situation and you end up spilling. What would otherwise have been a routine move now turns out to be an ordeal.
Make Sure that Your Bearings are Always Clean
After you skate in the rain, you need to pay attention to your bearings, you really do. You have to understand that if you insist in skating the same way and turning a blind eye to the condition of your bearings, you would shorten the life of your rollerblade boots, you really are.
You need to maximize the total value of the money you spent for your properties so don’t do that. Clean out your bearings. I know this is a chore for many people. I know you probably would rather be doing something else. If you insist on inline skating in the rain, the least you could do to preserve your property is to clean your bearings.