Monday, January 24, 2011


I may just start every post with an exclamation point this week.

DQ reader Richard White sent me this advice when I posted earlier today about my back killing me: stop looking at your skates.

Well, he's entirely correct. I've always looked down at my skates, mostly because ice is so freaking slippery and I never felt stable. Which turned my upper body into a fish hook shape.

I went today and looked straight ahead instead, wore a back brace, and it made a HUGE difference in how I felt. I still suck, but my back wasn't screaming in pain every second I skated, which means I can get more work in and get past those first 15-20 hours sooner. Those hours are always the toughest.

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