At last Monday's practice, I realized I left my indoor wheels at home. I had my outdoor wheels on because I was skating outside for Troy Night Out.
From my basic understanding, outdoor wheels are typically made from a softer material which makes rolling over rougher surfaces smoother. They also have more traction so you slide around less. Lastly, the outdoors wheels I am using have seen better days - they're just pretty worn down in general.
As I was warming up at practice, it felt like I was skating on marshmallows. I was slow and generally had to work harder to propel myself around the track. Of course, this was a night where coaching started out with the 25-in-5 drill. Nooooooooo! But, for science, I skated my heart out during that drill and just squeaked out 25 laps. Normally, I can skate 28-30 -- who thought it could make such a difference!
So...good workout on Monday. I will not be forgetting my indoor wheels again!