My skateboarding has drawn the disapproval of several wheelchair users who consider themselves to be “Experts” in the field of disability related mobility. According to them, my wheelchair skateboarding is impractical, dangerous, and an irresponsible use of medical equipment all done for the sake of a cheap thrill. Apparently, my violation is having the gall to go sideways, as opposed to facing forward in the accepted manner. Worse I am told, my activities may encourage others in act in a similar manner.
In the final respect, my detractors are correct.
I am trying to use my videos and actions to encourage people to break out of the limiting box society, and those who claim to know better, want to put them in.
Remember, just as you may fear your own failure, there are others who fear your success.
Traditionalists will claim that that the old ways are “tried and true” and shouldn’t be forsaken. Experts will assert that only they know what is best, and that the masses need to be protected from themselves. Despite their claims of serving "a greater good", their true goal is to resist any type of change that challenges the status-quo and threatens their narrow perception of how things should be.
New ideas and innovation don’t come easy. There will always be those who try to hold you back for one reason or another. My video is not really about promoting wheelchair skateboarding. It is about highlighting the importance of seeking different ways of doing things. It is about encouraging people to innovate, experiment and try new methods of mobility for themselves.
When it comes to new ideas and methodologies, there are no experts. Your opinion is the only one that really matters.
Intervals this week was Tuesday morning, so not quite as toasty as today.
If you simply MUST exercise then be sensible.
I chose a shaded route, and the resting periods were loose, allowing everyone to choose how much rest they had.
As for me, I’m running earlier in the day. Probably not quite early enough as at 9am it was already 28 degrees, but I do like the heat.
I aimed to take it on the easy side but did get a bit carried away, so I walked for two minutes as then picked up the run again.
Avoiding exercise completely is not ideal because it is by doing some exercise that we get more used to coping with the heat, and there are plenty of health benefits from lower intensity movements. A five minute stroll at lunch, or wait until this evening and have a gentle bike ride.
“What is wrong with this picture?” Was the question I was asked.
Yin and Yang.
An understanding that seeming opposites can be complementary.
The exact opposite of our current polarised society where it seems that if you are for one thing then you must be against the opposite.
But that isn’t how the world works. It shouldn’t be how we work.
I like the idea that it is a big deal that I’m seen wearing ‘normal’ trainers (albeit ones that I bought over a decade ago. Now that’s a bargain).
And I was in a shop that sells evil running shoes. No I wasn’t. Shoes aren’t evil!
I like running barefoot.
I love the feeling, the connection I get with the world around me.
They work for me.
That doesn’t mean they will suit you. Maybe they will, maybe a small amount of strength training barefoot will give you benefits without breaking down?
The idea that one is better than the other is misplaced. Right now, with a calf that is nowhere near as broken as on Sunday, shoes with a slight heel raise reduce the stress in the lower leg so I can recover more quickly.
Train with me and you will soon understand that there aren’t black and white answers to most situations.
That the answer may change depending on the current circumstances.
That the question might be wrong.
Thanks to Dionne , Kevin and the rest of the staff at Up & Running Milton Keynes for a long overdue chat and a lesson in modern GPS watches.