Thank You, Safety Gear!
Today, I went on my first skate since my 10K inline skating event. I went on a different route with a few more hills. On one downhill slope, while I was focusing on technique, my front right skate wheel hit the grass, and I went down. Fortunately, I was wearing safety gear. What could have been a broken wrist, a messed up knee, and a lot more blood ended up being way less dire. It was also a good reminder of how quickly something can happen, and how safety gear makes the end result more manageable.
What The Pros Wear
If you see competitive inline skaters, they usually wear a short-sleeved cycling jersey, biking shorts, a bicycle helmet, wrist guards, and their skates. Most inline events require a helmet and wrist guards. Bicycle helmets are popular due to their aerodynamic nature. These are also experienced, pro skaters who place in world-class events. I am definitely not at this level.
What This Instructional Design Manager Wear
My Outdoor Inline Skating Protective Gear
Here is my current safety gear for when I inline skate (or roller skate) outside:
What Do You Think?
What safety gear do you wear or not wear when inline skating outdoors? Include your thoughts in the comments.
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