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Week 7 of Trang's Skating Diary

Week 7: Putting a Bad Experience Behind Me
June 7 - June 13, 2004

I started week 7 with a 1-hour practice at a local elementary school on Monday. I was a little bit tired, because I had to rush home from work and prepare dinner so I could sneak out to skate before it's got dark. It was cold outside. It was one of the typical June gloom days we have in California. I practiced cross doing over turns for my whole practice session. I finally started to get a feel for it. I love to look at people skating low by bending their knees, and leaning forward do cross over for their turn. It's just beautiful.

I haven't skate a long distance for a while. I took my skates to The Vista Del Mar Beach Trail on Tuesday. This is the same trail that I have had a bad record of FALLING DOWN during my first week on skates. I wanted to say goodbye to a "painful skating experience", so I decided to go back there, park in the same spot, and skate to the trail from the parking lot the same way I did before when I had so many problems.

I planned to do everything the same way I did it the first time. The only thing different this time, is that I did not carry my back pack. I skated slowly from the parking lot to the trail. For the first couple of strides, I still got nervous and was striding on my inside edges. I realize now that the surface conditions on that road is very bad. There are a lot of cracks that prevent a smooth ride. I started out striding slow, then started pick up speed and then slow again. It's 70 degree. There were many skaters cruising around. I saw two speed skaters ( look very cool in the skatesuits) who were flying on the trail. I skated about 7 miles in an hour 15 minutes. My feet was very tired. I stopped a couple times to sit down on the bench and enjoyed the beach. I felt like I put too much pressure on my skates; it seem like I skated on my inside edges and the skate went faster since I had more pressure on the heels. I kept reminding myself to relax and use the center edging. I skated back to the car and did some stretching afterward. I was burned out but I felt good because I did not fall this time. I definitely make some progress there.

My foot-sore problem has been solve. Nat stretched the boots for me. He is an expert on stretching boots. I have learned a lot from him. He has all kinds of tips from the selecting, adjusting and controlling skates. I used my new skate on Thursday for more than an hour lesson with Nat. It was fast and fit me perfectly. I skated around for 10 minutes to be able to control the skate. I practiced cross over, non-stop strides and coast in high speed. I still need a lot of practice on handling speed and down hill brake. At the end of the session, I was exhausted but my feet did not hurt at all.

My marathon clinic will start on Saturday, June 12. It's time to put together my training schedule. I adopt a training schedule of Inline Marathon Federation published on their web site and customized it to fit mine. I am so ready for the training.

<-- Week 6 | Week 8

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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