You are going to be so surprised. I watched Whip It this weekend. You may remember, I had….shall we say… an experience with Roller Derby a few months back. I can still feel the twinge in my hamstring. I think the combination of the movie and the 10 out of 10 weather this weekend got to me. I decided I really do want to learn how to skate. I looked up local roller skate stores in Bloomington, Indiana where we spent Easter weekend and was pleased to find Rolling Thunder Fun Factory on 17th. Veronica was a wealth of information and helped me make the decision to forgo the iphone I have been dying for for a few years and give into the idea of learning how to skate. My daughter also caught the bug and we sprung for some skates for her as well. I bought outdoor wheels so that I can practice in the tennis courts near the house. So, in addition to my attempts to continue “running” I’ll be putting on the skates so that come next winter, I’ll be ready for some derby. I still think it would be a blast. I put the skates in and since I didn’t have any of the pads this weekend, my husband let me lean on him as I tried to skate up and down the driveway a couple of times yesterday. I tried again today. I figure if I can get on the skates a bit at a time, by the end of the summer maybe I’ll be able to go up and down the street without falling!! If you have any tips or learning hints, let me know.
My best advice is learn to fall. No really, there is a proper way to fall. Learning to fall will accomplish two things 1) you will get comfortable will falling, once you lose that tension you can relax and enjoy skating more 2) avoid a bad injury from an awkward fall. When you fall, try to SLIDE on your knee pads and wrist guards. Throw your weight forward, with arms outstretched in front of you. Do not stiffen your arms when you do it. The motion is something like: drop to your knees, fall to the palms of your wrist guards, slide your arms out in front of you (you will end up on your belly).
Then just skate, skate, skate. You get more comfortable with each adventure. Have fun!