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Photo: Joel Cunningham My brain refuses to accept the fact that the 1990s ended 21 years ago—it definitely seems like it should only be 10, right?—and I’m having similar trouble coming to terms with the fact that I recently entered my fifth decade of existence. In my head anyway, I’m still roughly the same in every way as I was in my early 20s, except more tired. Or I thought I was, until I strapped on a pair of inline skates for the first time since I upgraded from dialup to broadband internet (which was around 2003, and no, these events were not related, probably) for this month’s Lifehacker Fitness Challenge. I didn’t go into this with much of a plan, other than I thought it would be fine to buy new gear (for more on how to go about that, check out last week’s post ). I was a frequent skater for more than a decade, but I mostly used my blades to get around when I didn’t have a car or bike (except for when I would mope-skate in circles in the driveway at age 14, thinking about the crush who didn’t return my affections; I was very deep). I never went into it with any kind of rigor; outside of learning to skate backward, just being able to not fall was skill enough. But just seeing if I remember how to balance 18 years, three presidential administrations, two kids, and one pandemic later isn’t much of […]