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.
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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