Wednesday, December 22, 2010
I skated at the rink Saturday night. It was crawling with kids, as usual. I followed all the kids that skate really fast and it was fun to try and keep up with them. I got some practice in on my backwards. I've been really working on shifting my weight from foot to foot. I've slowly improved. I have been trying to get more comfortable skating backwards among the forward skaters. Once I get in backwards position, I get this irrational fear of turning back around. I turned around in a crowd of forward skaters and ate it, it sucked! But it was a nothing fall, more embarrassing than anything else. Unfortunately only minutes later I completely plowed into this little girl going the wrong way on the floor. I landed right on top of her and her skates dug into my legs hard. I couldn't believe the pain! But I was more worried about her because she was only about 10 years old. She was fine so I jumped up and resumed skating but my leg was just killing. I skated a few more minutes and had to throw in the towel. I rolled up my jeans and inspected the damage. I was amazed her wheels were able to break my skin through my jeans and my socks. I nursed my leg that whole night and four days later, it's much better.
Sunday I skated at the rink because it was raining cats and dogs outside. Nice and dry inside the rink but I truly felt gun shy after my fall the night before. And the kids that skate on Sundays are much worse than the Saturday night ones. They were just all over the place, really scary stuff. So I never really went at my top speed, I just felt too intimidated. My leg was still so sore, the thought of falling on it was pretty unpleasant. Nonetheless, i got my roll on and that's what counts.
Skating at the rink last night was a blast. Skating on the weekend sure makes you appreciate Adult Night on a whole different level. The music was hitting it and the crowd was light, probably because of the rain and the holidays. I skated hard. I was able to spend about 30 minutes with one of the good skaters and the lesson was good, challenging as always. He teaches me all this hard stuff and then I feel really self conscious that he is watching me skate disapprovingly. It's just hard to do what he is teaching me, I am so much more comfortable skating my usual way. Old habits die hard.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Working with Wonderboy on Thursday, he observed my backwards skating and then asked if I could pick up one of my feet. Heck no! Not going backwards that’s for sure. So that was his diagnosis: to get to the next level in backwards, I need to learn to skate backwards on one foot. Much harder than it may sound. Luckily he is willing to work with me and I have already taken some baby steps in that direction. It’s very hard but so exciting to feel myself inching towards a new goal.Saturday I was at the rink again, more chances to practice my backwards skating. I also have been working on some forward rexing moves that Paul has been teaching me. I have been trying and trying to mimic his movements but I know I am doing it wrong. Saturday something finally clicked in place: I knew I was doing it right, I could just feel it! So awesome!
Sunday I was so eager to show Paul what I had learned, and sure enough, he said I was doing well! I showed him my “one leg backwards” moves as well and he was pleased. Wonderboy thinks I might be able to do backwards crossovers in the next few weeks if I keep working at it. That would be too cool so I am trying not to get ahead of myself, just keep working and hope it happens.
This Sunday I will be skating in the Mother Goose Parade in El Cajon. It’s going to be great fun! I was told to save up my energy so that I can skate for three miles (gulp). Sounds hardcore but I am ready. So if you’re in the Cajon Zone, do come out and check my skating moves!! Happy Winter Skating ya’ll.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Monday, August 2, 2010
That's the haps! Lots of skating in my future, what fun!
Friday, July 23, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
Monday, May 31, 2010
Friday, May 14, 2010
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Friday night I was at Skate World and it was nuts, so many kids, ugh too much for me. It made me long to be back in Cerritos with all the mature skaters that don't fall. Another cool thing that happened in Cerritos was that I bought a Skate This shirt. Skate This is the skating club in San Diego and I feel like I am a decent enough skater now to rock the shirt. I love it, but it's a very plain and ordinary shirt. My wizard crafting friend, Emily, is going to make it even better! Yay I can't wait to see what she does with it. :)
Sunday I went to the Bay to skate, and it was an awesome time. I am still trying to perfect my duck walk. Even though I can do it somewhat, it needs lots of work and I can't do it very naturally. Nonetheless, I can pretty much do the continuation now. Paul worked me with another routine, the #3 and I made some headway. Only problem is that the routine has about four different turns in it, and my turns are pretty weak. Yet another hurdle for me to get over. I know I can do it.
Last night I was at Skate World for Adult Night. It was like skating in an oven with a wood floor. Made me miss the air conditioning in Cerritos. Oh boy, it's going to be one hot summer.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Anyway. On to skating. Had a fabulous time at Skate World on Tuesday night. All the regulars were out in full force. I was able to monopolize Paul for a full 30 minutes, and he is teaching me how to do the duck walk. He said it will help tremendously with my downtown, so that is my homework. It is hard! He makes it look like a walk in the park. He was very patient showing me how to do it, but I really need to put in the time practicing to be able to do it correctly. So much of skating is a leap of faith, and I have a major fear of falling so I don't always take the leaps. I guess that's why some people wear all the protection, so it doesn't matter if they fall.
I skated the backwards beginning skate, and it was so cool to feel myself improving bit by bit. I still suck, but not as bad ha ha ha.
Skating at the rink this Saturday, and then to Bay Sunday. Then next Thursday there is a road trip to Cerritos for Adult Night! Yay I can't wait to go again, it's going to be awesome!