We went to Windsor on Ice in Alexandra Gardens, Windsor.
There are photos and there are videos, in addition to this mortifying video that my boyfriend attempted to take whilst holding on to my arm I have now come to realise that everyone else filming their Loved ones also have my delightful yelps and screams in the background for all eternity and they have probably told their loved ones upon showing them their videos “there was this one girl on the ice, she screamed the entire time and paid for the privilege”.
I was excited but super nervous, even to the point where I didn’t think I would be able to walk in my skates as I thought I would feel off balance. But it was surprisingly easy, when time came to group in the waiting area, I spied an empty wheelchair that I soon understood was intended for the victims of gravity and slippage (just as I was trying to calm my nerves as well). For a good 25 minutes of the session, I clung on to the barrier as though it were a cliff edge and I was dangling off the end praying for my life to every God, Jesus and Buddha. Then I fell, this was the moment I was dreading the most, I kept saying “I’m going to fall” and that was my number one fear – falling and hitting my head. This is where I got my massive bruise on the underneath of my upper arm, I was slipping backwards and in a bid to right myself I tried to grab on to the handrail but missed so I slammed the underneath of my arm on it instead and then let go as I realised continuing to hold on would ultimately leave me with a dislocated shoulder as my shoulder are a little over mobile to begin with so I tried to fall as gracefully as I could on to my bottom.
It is true what they say about falling and getting back up as I did gain confidence after my fall, while I can appreciate the fall was okay this time around the next may not be so okay but it did help me.
Would I go again after this experience? Yes I would but maybe I would book a teaching experience in addition to my ticket along with a penguin as they are cute and I have no shame! A massive thanks goes to my boyfriend as always for supporting me (quite literally) and putting up with the embarrassment of my screaming. Looking back after it, I loved the experience and felt really proud that I started to get the idea of skating with how I position my feet, I also credit my years of watching Dancing on Ice which is how I remembered how to apply the brakes mid skate!
Let me know in the comments below if you have been skating and any tips you might have for my next time!
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