Skating Poem S006

Skating with wrist weights
Feels like having ten fingers
On two pairs of hands




Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.



Notes to this poem…

I’ve had a simple idea for a few years now, but only made it come to reality tonight. I wanted to work on my arm strength while skating on the Oval where the arms don’t do much besides move back and forth. I had the idea of putting wrist weights on them, but could only find either clumsy ones, or pricey ones. Finally, yesterday, on the last day of a long Boxing Week sale, I found a pair of Nike Dri-Fit 1 lb. wrist weights for $20 from $30. They had a thumb hole and wasn’t overly thick to be able to slip in under my jacket and skiing mittens for when it gets really cold. Otherwise, the gloves are fine reaching the edge of the coat over the weights.

I went out tonight for the first time with those wrist weights. I estimate I got between 2500-3000 reps for each arm from some sampling of arm motion over time and averaging them. I barely had time to compose an Oval poem, but was determined to get one since I had my mind on a very clockwork like shopping trip by bus after skating yesterday, which went pretty much as heavily planned.

This poem describes what it felt like having those weights on while skating. I’m gonna have nice new biceps by the end of this winter, not just from skating with them but also some short 10K runs with them! 🙂

My more efficient year continues!

The S-series poems were composed while I was out skating on the Halifax Emera Skating Oval, to squeeze in writing time in a life that is always getting busier.


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