Saturday felt great. I was much more confident on my skates than I've been. A lady at the rink even complimented me -- she said, "You're very good." I was tempted to look behind me to make sure it was me she was talking to. :-)
In December, I plan to start going to team practices again -- probably Wednesdays only to start with, because those Monday endurance practices are really tough. But I need to go to them too, I know.
I still definitely have moments of doubt -- "What the hell was I thinking? I can't do this!" But skating on Saturday made me remember that I really want to do it.
Oh, and there was a wonderfully surreal moment late in the open skate. They played the Village People's "YMCA." That was a staple of the Saturday open skates at Roller City, which I went to as often as I could get my parents to take me. And of course, when the chorus rolls around, everyone does the arm movements for Y, M, C, A.
Well, naturally, when the song came on, I had to skate, and I had to do the arm movements. It was like stepping into the WABAC machine. I was 11 again.