It’s March. How are you doing with your New Year’s Resolutions?
Surprisingly, 75% of resolutions will be continued through the entire first week of January, but only 46% make it past six months. The University of Scranton also stated that 39% of people in their twenties will achieve their resolution each year while only 14% of people over 50 years of age will achieve theirs.
I’m in the 14% for now…It seems funny that my father built Nashoba Valley Olympia in 1967, and I can only count on my fingers and toes the number of times I have skated at the rink. I lived at the other Nashoba. I was a skier, not a skater. Since 2002, I have slowly learned the business of ice skating. The world of figure skating, hockey, liability insurance, and facilities management was a far cry from the high tech world I had been living. I am finally getting to the point I feel proficient in understanding the skating business. But, do I really understand skating?
In 2015 I decided to change all that. There’s a new women’s hockey league at NVO (NEWHL), and they started a Learn to Play Hockey class. I decided to try it. And, I can do this at work! Perfect. Skates, stick, knee pads, elbow pads, chest protector, mouth guard, helmet, cage, jersey, pants, gloves… Now I know why those hockey bags are so large. (And, why we have so many items in lost and found.)
Then it came time to skate. Across the ice. With everything on. It was only then I realized that I should have registered for a Learn to SKATE class before I could learn to PLAY. Not many people can fall just standing on the ice, but I perfected it. The instructor Brian Fontas was incredibly patient and supportive, but I am sure I made a good story among the hockey league ranks. My feet hurt, so I went to Cooke’s and had Paul heat mold my skates to fit my feet. A perfect fix. Then I was hungry. Skating and falling for 90 minutes really builds an appetite. A quick trip for a burrito from Oscar’s out front did the trick. Then I went back to work (probably should have ventured to our showers, but that was too much of a stretch).
Like so many things, it looks so much easier when you watch someone else do it. But I’m learning. Now I know how to stop, which my classmates appreciate. I’m way beyond my comfort zone, and it’s both humbling and fun. Now I can see everything from a different vantage point, which makes me understand skating just a little bit more…
2015 brings new focus at NVO as well. We are committed to making your skating experience a safe and fun journey at our facility. Our focus is on you, our customer. We want you to love skating, no matter your age, ability or discipline. We want you to know about all our programs and offerings so you can stretch just a little bit more.
Our new website will help you navigate our offerings and help you understand everything about our facility. This blog will be updated frequently. We will be tweeting!!
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