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Week 8 of Trang's Skating Diary

Week 8: Two Classes in One Day

June 13 - June 19, 2004

My 8th week started with 3 hours of training on Saturday. I took a regular class (2 hours session) and a one-hour marathon clinic. I was so exhausted. My back muscles hurt so bad.

Saturday AM Beginner Class
For my regular class, I learned how to skate backwards, spin stop, and do parallel turns with cones. I have to confess, I couldn't do these at all. I tried hard, but I was not satisfied with my performance. I went home for lunch and went back to the beach parking lot on Vista Del Mar for a Marathon Clinic with Nat Holt

Saturday PM Marathon Clinic
There were 5 people signed up for the marathon clinic, but a few of them had conflicting schedules with the first class. I was out there with Nat and Ron. Ron is an experienced skater. Nat had to instruct the two of us differently becaused of our different skill levels. Nat showed us the strides and lateral. Nat knew that I was very tired from my earlier class so he was not too hard on me. I did stride better but my back was really hurting. At the end of the class, Nat and Ron went skating on the beach trail. I streched my back, packed my stuff, and went home.

Monday: Long Distance Skating
Monday is my long distance skate day. I went to Playa del Rey to skate on the beach trail. It was sunny day. I skated approximate 8 miles for an hour and fifteen minutes. I did not stop for any breaks but I did slow down after skating up hills. I felt very good. I am more comfortable with my speed, outside edge strides, and striding in a lower body position.

Tuesday: Tough Yoga Class
As promised to my yoga teacher, I went back to my regular yoga class on Tuesday. I do power yoga. It's a tough workout for an hour and thirty minutes class. I felt like my indurance has been increased. I did not feel tired at all.

Wednesday and Saturday
I had a long practice session on Wednesday and Saturday. I spent my time focus in paralel turns, long strides, short strides and crossovers. I still need a lot of practice.

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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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