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Week 6 of Trang's Skating Diary

Week 6: Skating Instead of Yoga
June 1 - June 7, 2004

I had foot-sore-problem with my new Salomon Ellite Magneseum skate. I told Nat about it, and he said that the boot can be stretched. Beside, I visited doctor and found out that my left heel are way bigger than my right one.

On Jun 2, I had a very good lesson with Nat. He showed me a ton of new techniques:
  • skate with sissor position to overcome obstacles
  • stride with feet close together and transfer the weight from one feet to the other.
  • parallel turns with more control in the inside foot. More weight on the inside foot.
  • Lean forward more and get low on my upper body
  • relax and pay attention to the environment.
  • cross over

    I took my skate to Lincoln school to practice the new techniques. I spent more than an hour to practice paralel turns and cross over. I skate faster and turns quicker. I returned to California Skate School on Saturday, Jun 5. It was a cool day. We have a bunch of beginner skaters. I joined Nat class with two other girls. I practiced cross over and stride techniques. It was fun. These days, I don't want to skate on the trails at all. I want to be able to learned all the skills and be mastered on them before hitting a long distance ride.

    Since I start skating, I have been cutting down other types of excercise. I used to do yoga twice a week and bike almost everyday at my lunch break. For the last month, I could not keep up with my biking. One thing is that I need to rest to be able to skate again. Other thing is 'I can't wait to put on my skate again as soon as I took them off'. One day, I was skating on the beach trail at Manhattan Beach. I saw Bonnie Johansson, my yoga teacher running toward me. She excused me for "cheating on her by going skating instead of going to yoga class". I have been practiced with Bonnie for more than 2 years. I laught so hard and promiss her to go back to yoga as soon as I meet an OK point on my skate.


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    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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