A Sloth is a Slow Moving Creature

Last night was a pretty much a transit nightmare…. I missed my first bus (it was early.. for the record) and had to wait 10 minutes to get the next one. Ten minutes is relatively short in transit-land, but it meant that I would lose my connection. So, I took a different route… went by O-train (light-rail transit for those unfamiliar…). I made it to Carleton U and walked in the opposite direction from where I should be going for 20 minutes. Note to self, Carleton apparently does not make use of street signs. Okay, so I finally realized I had walked in the wrong direction and turned myself around. I made it to practice 15 minutes late… so I basically missed all of the off-skate stuff. After a 45 minute walk (that should have been 15), I was warmed up enough to start anyways.
Okay so this pretty much summarizes my night:

Yep that’s me.. the smiling sloth. I think it’s the slowest creature on earth…. but I’m pretty close behind. Seriously, we did some sticky skate drills and even after I got the motion down.. it was soooooo slow. Then we did pyramid drills (“it’s not a race.. it’s not a race”), and I fell behind by an entire lap pretty much every time. I felt really slow and shaky the entire practice. I also seemed to forget how to stop…. even thought I was doing well at this last week. Jon thinks that maybe I’m just scared to fall since I’m still not completely healed up yet…. maybe he is a bit right. I just felt really out of sorts, and was pretty discouraged with my “progress”.

Anyways… missed my bus to go home so I had to wait 26 minutes. Missed the connection so I had to wait another 13. Then it started to snow/hail. Then the 15 minute walk home. Total time spent; 2 hours.

Got home and reported that “I’m pretty sure I’m the worst one”; this was kindly responded to with chicken wings and beer.

Also, because of some scheduling conflicts we don’t have practice again until the 22nd… I’m hoping my outdoor wheels come in soon so I can try to keep my muscles from forgetting too much over the next couple of weeks.

Skate party!

Last night I was feeling a bit bummed about my stupid elbow. Here’s why:

What my elbow should look like

What my elbow actually looked like

So, I decided to make myself feel better I should throw myself a little skate party in my carpeted basement.

Skates on carpet. Cause I can roll like that.

So on went the skates, out came the beer (I wasn’t entirely alone… hubbywas playing video games within arms reach), and away I went. Really, I was mostly trying to get the hang of walking on my toestops because I’m told eventually this will be the way to take off quickly… so I did that quite a bit. I also practiced doing the walking-crossovers in skates…. with the stability provided  by the carpet this was a really easy exercise…. I’m hoping to encourage some form of muscle memory for when I do this on the concrete. Also, much to hubby (Jon, btw)’s displeasure I practiced my t-stops… repeatedly… like a lot… we have a really firm berber carpet in the basement so it actually is possible to do.. again I’m just trying to encourage my muscles to learn the form. And the berber is none the worse for wear. I went to the doctor this afternoon and he thinks that I’ve just strained the tendons in my arm… I had an x-ray, and no news is good news! So if the doctor is right, and I suspect he is since I’m starting to feel better already, then I should be back to normal in 4-10 days 😀

Here’s another shot just for fun… the skates are sure-grip rebel, the wheels are flat-outs, and the bearings are bones reds.

Flat outs and Bones Reds

More skating in the living room

I managed the bracket stop! Several times even.