Today nobody was there in the rink. Used the main area. Made quite a few mistakes while trying to increase speed. Fortunately did not fall down – came fairly close once though. Also tried mount-dismount motion (three times) in one roll. Not coming as naturally yet…
Need more practice!
That is how she described me as she sent this video to a common friend. Tried out Union Hill Park skating rink for the first time. Took her there in case I came back with some extra pieces of bone.
There were two young guys practicing their tricks. To save myself from too much embarrassment, I went and introduced myself to them first.
“How long have you guys been doing this?”
“Oh! about 4 years.”
“Cool. I am just getting started. I am too old for this. But I want to try.”
Instead of laughing it away, the younger kid did a whole old man thingy on me – “It does not matter how old you are. You gotta do it as long as you are having fun”.
I was not expecting that from a young kid.
“Thanks for the encouragement, man!”, I said and went off to my corner.
After I was done practicing, the kids gave me a couple of tips on how to pick up the board without bending. They were doing it in a fluid motion. I was dropping the board all over the place!!
But it was fun! And a young guy once told me to keep doing it as long as I was having fun!!
I think I am going to visit the skating rink tomorrow when the kids are not around to laugh at me to try longer distance than my driveway…
Tried to bend the knees and lower the body while going (gentle) downhill. Still very afraid of picking up speed.
…representing another skill I am trying to learn. After running, motor biking, mixology comes skateboarding…
In case of a skateboard accident, it gives you reassembly instructions … you know, so you know where my left arm goes, my head goes etc etc… 🙂
Progress so far – can do 3 mount/dismounts and cover the drive way diagonally
… in reality, about to take a tumble.
Gotten the getting up part done. Lot more to go to get back to where I was before winter set in…