Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Merry Christmas Skate Friends
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.