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Diary of a Beginning Marathon Skater
Day 4: Skating at the Beach
Today I decided to park my car near the beach
and skate from my car to one of our beach bicycle trails.
Skating to the Trail Was NOT a Good Idea
by Doan-Trang Tran
Again today I woke up so ready to do my practice.
I was excited and I imagined myself
skating much better today. I had everything planned inside my head.
I will park in a parking lot, then skate slowly to the beach trail and
I will have a cool practice.
I packed up my skates and drove to Marina del Rey Beach to practice at 5:30 PM.
I put on my skates and gear, my back pack, and I locked my car. Here I go...
Well, my imagination was way more than what I could handle.
It was NOT easy to skate from the parking lot to the trail. The road was hill up and
hill down only a little bit, but it was enough to knock me out of balance.
There are people and cars crossing all around me. I tried to manage myself
making it safely to the trail.
It was one of those days when all you can say is "going down". I fell at least seven
times during my one hour practice. This is BAD!!! My left knee and ankle
hurt. I am exhausted. At the end of the day I tried to see why I did so
Here is my advice for other beginning skaters:
Oh, I forgot to tell you that I bought used skates and the wheels are
worn out. I blame those skates for my falls.... you know I need to
Do not skate from the parking lot to the trail. It may look easy but it
is not for you.
My beach trail was not a good place for a total beginner
to practice because it was narrow and
it had a lot of turns.
Do not skate with your back pack, it may throw you off your balance.
Wait until you can control your skates to do so.
If you buy a used skates, check the wheels. You may need to rotate or
I was so tired after skating, but I wanted to replace my wheels
immediately. I bought an 8 pack of TRUE 76mm - 80A wheels and replaced
them all by myself. I did not have any problems replacing them at all
(but more about that later...).
I felt much better after I finish replacing the wheels. But I need to
rest for at least two days so (hopefully) I will be able to attend my
next class on Saturday.
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