|PIR Skate Night and Picnic
By Maria Sworske
As a recreational and dance type skate, I was reluctant to join 5 wheel spandex-wearing speed crowd. But I decided to be adventurous and try something new. After all, the Seattle Skate for MS is coming up, and I want to be in good condition.
Well, I got detailed directions from Teddie, which helped a great deal, since I didn't really know where to go. And it helped my confidence that someone knew I was coming and could watch for me. Traffic was pretty lousy, so now I know to leave earlier.
That PIR is just huge, plenty of room for the several hundred bicyclists who were arriving and gathering. I found Teddie's truck and figured that would be the starting area. Since I was late, no skaters were still hanging around. Just plenty of competitive looking serious bicyclists. I summoned up the courage to ask one of them where the skaters start. It turns out I was in the right place after all.
"Then why haven't I seen any skaters fly by in the 5 minutes I've been watching?", I asked myself. Finally, on the horizon, I saw the familiar movements of speed skater crouched swaying, long legs and arms swinging. Yeah, familiar type of people!
As they flew by, I
recognized a few friendly faces. Since it had already started I decided not to join part
way through. But I kind of wished I had. It looked like fun! And the surface seemed just
perfect - no debris
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