And by pull I mean nearly drag your best friend onto the ice so that you don’t fall over.
Last week I got straight onto my 24 before 24 activities list and within 24 hours of turning 23 I had successfully crossed off going ice skating! No I did not actually fall over through the entire time (around 2 hours) although I did slip twice pulling down Crazy Chris although that was entirely his own fault for reaching out to me hehe!
The afternoon started off pretty badly when we discovered that the original rink we were planning to skate at was not only shut down but a pile of rubble. This was not ideal seeing as we had already had to travel the 15 miles to Milton Keynes trying to find the place. I am so glad I did my research, I instantly felt disheartened, as I knew there was another rink nearer the shopping centre called MK ICE; not that I had ever heard about it before.
There’s a reason I hadn’t known about the place, it’s a non profit ice rink run by MK council along with a few sponsors and volunteers whilst the pile of rubble new one was being built!
I had low expectations of the facilities as it really was bare basics and clearly not in receipt of much funding. I was pleasantly surprised to see that for two adults with skate hire for unlimited time on the ice (well untill public skating was over which could have been 4 hours for us) it only cost £14!!!!!!
We did have to pay separately for locker hire but that is pretty standard everywhere these days!
My eczema on my legs and ankles was incredibly swollen and sore so I was terrified of falling over and hurting myself further more. The skates were tight and I could already feel that my poor ankels would be bleeding cankels by the end of the chilly session.
Before heading into a near death scenario I needed the ladies room and couldn’t help but laugh when I was directed to a large room with rows of porter loos! Not the most ideal way of doing my business, this was whilst wearing skates, but you do get what you pay for I guess. We later over heard that the building was only on a short term lease and the council wouldn’t let them install proper toilet facilities……bloody government! So I forgive MK ICE. Sort of.
I was utterly terrified getting onto the ice, I very nearly backed out. I mean what kind of crazy person would want to put razer sharp blades on their feet and balance on slippery ice, well I currently am that weirdo with 5 colours In her hair. Thank you Mcfly!
Half an hour passed and I was totally skating like a pro, honest! Maybe not but after nearly tripping over and bringing CC down with me I became a lot more comfortable but still weary!
There were these cute little penguins normally used to help children stay on their feet and I was so tempted to use one….they had their own little names too! It made the experience so much funnier with plenty to giggle about.
Overall I had enjoyable time and I wouldn’t rule out going again although my lower limbs disagree! Ouchy! The facilities were poor but the staff were lovely and despite it being midweek and less busy there was a great atmosphere which really put me at ease about trying out skating!
Until next time Randomers,
That weirdo with 5 colours in her hair