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.
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