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Diary of a Beginning Marathon Skater
Day 1: First Skating Lesson

Beginning inline skater Doan-Trang Tran wants to skate a full 26 mile marathon less than five months after her first inline skating lesson and she invites us to follow along as she pursues that goal. Here is the first entry in Trang's beginning marathon skater's diary: April 24, 2004 was her very first day on inline skates.

Skating on a Carpet
First Strides
Ouch!
Learning to Stop
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My First Inline Skating Lesson
by Doan-Trang Tran


At my first California Skate School lesson I had a 2 hour session with skating instructor Brian Gallagher. I learned how to:

  • Walk in my skates on a carpet
  • Fall down
  • Get up off the ground
  • Basic position for standing
  • How to start skating
  • How to stop with my heel brake
  • How to do an A-frame turn

  • How did I do at my first day? I was so excited and scared and I fell a couple of times. It wasn't so bad.

    That afternoon, I took my skates to a local school in Redondo Beach to practice what I learned at my first lesson. I spent an hour skating around the empty playground. All I felt was my shins hurting and I got sunburned on my shoulders because I forgot to use sunscreen.


    Go to Day 2: The Day After My First Lesson -->



    More of This Article
    Week 0: Why I Want to Skate
    Week 1: Day One on Skates
    Week 2: Moms on Skates
    Week 3: Skating at the Beach
    Week 4: Five Miles on Sore Feet
    Week 5: Skating at Big Bear Lake
    Week 6: Skating Instead of Yoga
    Week 7: Putting a Bad Experience Behind Me
    Week 8: Two Classes in One Day Are Too Many
    Week 9: Diary Entry for Week 9
    Week 10: Diary Entry for Week 10
    Week 11: Diary Entry for Week 11
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