Skating Fridays

Have Skates, Will Travel (plus a camel spin video)

My coworkers are often surprised when I tell them that I bring my skates when I travel (for work). It’s fun to visit new rinks and skate with new people around the country.

A few weeks ago, I went to Orlando for an overnight work trip. I researched rinks in the area and found one that wasn’t too far from my hotel. The freestyle schedule felt a little spotty when I found it online, so I contacted the skating director to see if it was accurate. The skating director said that I could come in the morning to skate before my return flight home, so I took her up on the offer.

Turns out that the rink management opened the rink just for me. I had the entire place to myself for a full hour. It was glorious. I worked on moves, spins, jumps, and my program.

Here is a video of my camel spin. I’m working on getting up to 15 revolutions but am not there yet. This one is about 9.5 revolutions. Hopefully I can get to 15 by the end of the year!

For those of you who skate, do you bring your skates with you when you travel for work?


  1. Helin Shiah
    June 7, 2019 / 1:16 pm

    Absolutely! I also keep a list of all the rinks at which I’ve skated. It’s nice to have something that is both a change of scene (being in a different context while doing your normal skating) and a source of stability (having your normal sport during work travel, which is often stressful).

    Nice camel spin!

    • evabakes
      June 7, 2019 / 2:18 pm

      Yay – glad I’m not the only one that keeps track of the rinks I’ve been to or brings my skates on trips!

  2. June 7, 2019 / 4:43 pm

    Whenever I’m somewhere for an extended period of time, I try to look for rinks. That private ice, though, is quite a rarity! Fun to see that nice camel spin–that spin has really come a long way! Impressive!

    • evabakes
      June 7, 2019 / 9:01 pm

      Yes – private ice is pretty rare! I was fortunate enough to have private ice down in Dallas before too!

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