Inline skating is a lot of fun. Let’s just get that out of the way. If you’ve ever been to any skating park and you’ve seen people have a great time out there in the open during a warm, bright and sunny day, it seems like inline skating is the perfect sport. You get to be outside, you get to be alone, you get to collect your thoughts and you get to work out your body. What’s not to love?
It seems like it’s the perfect package as far as outdoor activities go. On top of all of that, there is also a social element because when you meet other rollerbladers, you instantly have something to talk about. You obviously have the same interest in rollerblading. You quickly talk about the interest that you have in common and you can use this as a gateway or a starting point to other points of common interests, which can lead to new friendships, new business networks, and even romantic relationships. Again, what’s there not to love?
With that said, inline skating, just like with any other sport, also has its downside. This should not be a surprise. I mean, after all, for every benefit, there is also a disadvantage. This kind of comes with the territory.
We live in an imperfect world. We don’t live in an ideal world, and for every benefit, you have to have some matching cost or disadvantage. This applies across the board. There is no such thing as a perfect slam dunk solution that only produces benefits with no costs, no disadvantages, no drawbacks and no hassles. I wish such a thing existed, but unfortunately, it doesn’t.
When it comes to inline skating, the first disadvantage, of course, is the cost. Inline skates are not exactly free. Not by a long shot. They’re not cheap. They can set you back, depending on the brand and model.
Obviously, the better the pedigree and the design of the model that you’re looking at, the more dollars you have to fish out of your wallet to pay for your equipment. This should not be a shock. After all, you get what you pay for. If you pay too little for something, you can bet that the manufacturer of that item skipped a step or two or bent a few rules or cut a few corners just to deliver you the savings that you are looking for.
As the old saying goes, there are three factors to any kind of service. It can be cheap, good and quick. Unfortunately, you can only pick two. The same applies to products. You can only pick two. There is no such thing as perfectly good and perfectly cheap. You have to pay for the cheapness at some level or another.
Inline skating, as awesome as the benefits it may bring to the table, also requires some costs. It does have its drawbacks. Pricing is one of them because if you want a good skate, you would have to pay for it. You have to pay for the design, you have to pay for the features, you have to pay for the workmanship, you have to pay for quality materials. You have to pay for all this and, on top of that, you also have to pay for brand equity.
You have to remember that brands become solid not because they are so good that everybody starts talking about them. No, it usually doesn’t work that way. I mean, it happens from time to time, but this is not how it usually plays out.
Usually, when a brand is just starting out, it would have to spend a lot of money on advertising, on reviews, and making the right relationships and connections just to get the word out. And after many years of giving out so many freebies as well as making demonstrations and laying out all sorts of product specifications, it finally gets to the point where it becomes some sort of an industry leader or some sort of go-to provider or brand for certain features. That’s how it works, and you can bet that the company behind that brand is looking to recoup some, if not all of their investment.
That’s why branded items, by and large, tend to cost more. It’s not because they just want more of your money, but it’s because they are in business. They’re not in business to lose money, they’re in business to make money. And as a result, they want to recoup those earlier losses or investments. This is why if you are serious about inline skating the right way, you have to invest in the right brands.
In addition to being out for a few more bucks due to brand preference, another disadvantage of inline skating is the physical impact on your body. Usually you would feel this when you are a complete and total rollerblading newbie.
When you’re just new, you probably are doing things the wrong way. You’re probably moving your body the wrong way. Also, your body is just getting used to the way inline skates impact your anatomy. We’re talking about your legs, your calves, your feet and your butt. Also, it impacts your hips a lot.
So in the beginning, expect to be sore because you’re kind of like a fish out of water, so you’re not really moving your body in the most efficient way possible. Since you’re new to moving your body that way, there’s a lot of strain and stress in certain parts of your lower body. This can add up. This can put a tremendous amount of pressure on certain parts of your anatomy, and this can lead to soreness.
Muscle soreness is no joke. You can’t take this lightly. You have to pace yourself, you have to take proper breaks. In many cases, you might even have to invest in over the counter pain relievers because it can get that bad. On top of this, there is also the risk that you’re going to fall over.
Make no mistake about it, achieving your balance on inline skates is not exactly a slam dunk. It’s not exactly an experience that’s guaranteed out of the box. You have to struggle initially. You have to get used to standing up on inline skates and then moving around. The good news is, the more time you invest in this, the sooner you would stand up and move around until it becomes second nature. It’s like riding a bike.
You remember the first time you rode a bike? Chances are, you probably skinned your knee or banged your shin a few times. It was very painful to be sure, but given enough time, you were able to get the hang of it and now, even if you haven’t ridden a bike in ages, you can still quickly achieve your balance and ride away. You’re going to be like a fish released into water. Regardless of how long you’ve been out of water, you can still glide in the water.
By the same token, learning inline skating can involve a lot of muscle soreness. In many cases, you are engaging muscles that you don’t normally use. If you’re the typical American who lives a sedentary lifestyle, looking at a screen several hours a day, this can lead to your muscles being weak and soft. When you start doing inline skating, they can put a tremendous toll on your glutes, your calves and your lower body. Keep this in mind because inline skating soreness is going to happen. It’s the price that you pay for your new hobby.
Now, the good news is that it doesn’t have to be a hassle. The good news is that it can tell you that you are going through the right motions and you just need to punch through until things finally become easier for you. Understand that any kind of muscle soreness can only be solved through consistent practice. The moment you start becoming sore, you should avoid the temptation of stopping. When you stop, you make it all that much harder for you to start again. Seriously.
Do yourself a big favor and just continue skating. A lot of people don’t understand this. A lot of people think that once they feel sore, they should let their muscles rest and repair themselves. What they fail to understand is that when you rest, your muscles don’t get realigned properly and then it will make it all that much harder on yourself as far as pain is concerned when you restart again.
Just continue going through and you would notice that your pain would start decreasing rapidly until you don’t feel it again. The pain, really, is just your body’s notification to you that it’s trying something new and there’s a tremendous amount of pressure on certain parts of your body. As long as you keep that pressure up, eventually, your body gets used to it.
At the same time, your body is also repairing itself a certain way, so that the pain actually goes away permanently. The way to deal with inline skating soreness is to just manage through the pain. Of course, don’t knock yourself out and just go crazy with the intensity. Just keep it at a regular level and things will sort themselves out.