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10 July 2005 @ 10:02 am
Obviously I am not so bright (fear of falling)  
Yesterday, I went with jigglius to The Sports Authority after I got back from a movie...

I wanted to get rollerblades. I have been thinking about this off and on for a number of years. I miss the gym, but I don't have the time to go to the one near work with my schedule. I like to walk, but I don't know anyone who is close by who would enjoy an evening walk. I don't mind DDR, but I don't have a tremendous desire to use it as my primary form of exercise. I want something that I can do with people or by myself.

Most of my forms of exercise are primarily a way of getting from point a to point b.

So, rollerblades.

I am uncoordinated and mostly able to fall on a flat uncluttered surface. After getting them last night, I went out to the parking lot with jigglius and tried to keep myself upright and move on occasion. I fell. Not a lot, but I ache.

We went out again this morning to the parking lot in front of the Best Buy. I fell a few times and cannot seem to make myself stop in a useful manner. I have no idea why I wanted to do this, but having made the purchase do it I will. Even if my butt turns completely black and blue.
Feeling like: soresore
Listening to: Meteo - Wiral sounds
Keshwynkeshwyn on July 10th, 2005 03:59 pm (UTC)

You got pads, right? Knee and wrist guards? If you've got the pads, then you should fall on them - not on your butt. This is hard to learn, I know - I fell on my ass a lot until I learned to shift my weight forward and grasp the concept that falling and skidding on the pads hurts a lot less than falling on unprotected muscle.

Seriously, though - you can crack your tailbone if you fall backwards.

Let me know if you want to practice skating sometime - I'll be happy to help - though mindways is a better teacher than I am. :}
Jigglius Caesar: shirou the ninja ddsjiggliusceasar on July 10th, 2005 07:13 pm (UTC)
And you're both probably better teachers than me. "I'm here, come over so you have something to hold onto" doesn't qualify me for teacher of the year.

We did get a package taht theoretically had all the pads, but what was actually in it was two elbow pads, three kneepads, and two left wrist guards. SO back to the store we go...
Keshwynkeshwyn on July 10th, 2005 07:46 pm (UTC)
...yes. Skating without proper pads is a really, REALLY bad idea (which I'm sure you knew already, but just in case...)

Wrists and knees are absolutely necessary. mindways and I skate without elbow pads - leanne_opaskar skates with those, but she does hockey and when I was out west skating with her, she observed that hockey dumps you on your elbows in ways standard street skating doesn't. Mileage obviously varies.
JR_Psykirajr_psykira on July 10th, 2005 09:21 pm (UTC)
Do be careful. When I went out rollerblading with my friend Melissa last year she slid down hill in short-shorts and got a nasty scrape on her rump. I've since become a big fan of jeans and padding while on wheels - She, on the other hand, refused to go again.
Qarylla Windragarqarylla on July 11th, 2005 01:46 pm (UTC)
I did think about shorts, but I am pretty sure that I not likely to ever wear shorts while skating. I know my limits (which is mostly that I am not graceful), and will probably always wear some form of longish pants. Other than that, a few cuts and scrapes as long as they don't result in surgery are OK.
The Darkermindways on July 11th, 2005 03:49 pm (UTC)
Learning to stop well often takes a fair bit of practice - partly because the calf / foot muscles aren't used to pushing in that particular way, partly because beginning skaters tend towards standing upright rather than with knees-bent (and effective braking requires bending the supporting leg), and partly because - due to the physics of the matter - rollerblade brakes are at their most difficult-to-use at the beginning of their lifespan when the rubber is 0% worn away.

If one of us is around the other's place sometime, and you're interested, I'd be happy to go over braking technique with you.