Just like trying this line at the skate park, which I procrastinated over for way too long, I also procrastinated about putting this video out there. And writing this post.
Skate parks intimidate me. Always have and probably always will. But what I do with that feeling? That’s entirely up to me.
This visit to the skate park was my first this year. Pretty sad, since summer is almost over. I was definitely feeling intimidated on arrival. Hell, being there with my teenager is intimidating since she outrides me at every turn. For a while I just stuck to my usual go-to – rolling through the pumpy parts. It gets boring pretty quick. Thinking about what I could do made me realize it was time I stopped looking for excuses (too old, concrete hurts, it’s been ages) and just had a go at something.
Risk = Reward
And then… another 5 days goes by while I procrastinate about writing this.
Looking at this video and jump now it seems kinda tame. But at the time it felt awesome. Smooth. Freeing. And I didn’t miss the opportunity to point out to Sienna that I got it smooth on my third attempt.
Now I just need to make time to go back and do it again!
But getting back into inline skating hurts muscles I forgot that I had. After work we went for a cruise on our skates at River Bends Park in Shelby, MI. I am still loving the Rollerblade Twister Edge X skates and my confidence is growing… probably faster than my skill level.
Advice on re-learning to skate:
If you are doing an “out-and-back” type skate, park at the bottom of the hill, not the top.
One of the reasons behind me skating more is the fitness, and yeah, the extra muscles it utilizes over and above what I use when riding a bike. But the other reason is that I suck, badly, at pumping on a bike, so I am using skating to work on the motion of bending at the knees, instead of the hips. It’s not going well so far but we will see if my technique has improved at all tomorrow at the BMX track.
I have also challenged myself to try making some video edits instead of relying on my teenager to do it for me. At the time of posting, I have one (yes 1) solitary subscriber to my YouTube channel (thanks Evil Genius Girl) so more would be good please and thank you! Below is my first video – it’s kinda rough but I think it’s kinda ok too.