Didn’t realize how burned out I was. I’ve barely skated the last few weeks. Just layed around the house, mostly reading. Not a bad thing to do. August in Texas is the hottest part of the year, with the orange hate ball in the sky beaming its wrath down all day, which of course radiates back out of the concrete at night. Work has been busy. Between that and the heat, I have felt quite depleted.
However, I’m going to skate tonight. An old-guy-skateboarding group on Facebook wants me to submit footage for a group video. I’m really kind of excited about this. Going to do some freestyle-esque street skating for the video, as well as some ditch skating and curb tricks. Should be a fun, and the project will be fun to be part of.
Also, at work a colleague and I are working on a conference presentation about the potential of the Punk/DIY ethos to positively influence library program design and the way we do things. I’m not really a punk guy. I’m a skater. Skating has always been primary for me. But the ethos is much the same. Reinterpretation of one’s surroundings. The urge to do something. To make something happen. To make your own scene.
Since I’ve cancelled my trick to the Stockholm freestyle, my freestyle contest season is over. Which means I can just relax and skate. I’ve decided that I must learn to spin frontside. My backside spins are not consistent. I must learn frontside. I started tonight and got 3. The secret – practice and persistence. Just work at it. Also started working on a new footwork element tonight. Again – practice it. Every time I skate.
Had a good time in Paderborn. Got 3rd place in the old guy’s division.
I’ve had a few good practice sessions. Been working on some good new footwork lines. Fiddling around with some tricks as well. Really haven’t landed anything new and awesome. Need to pull a rabbit or two out of my hat for the summer contests.
I’m going to add a 1/4″ riser to my setup, to provide better clearance for 360s. Will help for fingerflips as well, I think. So few old guys can even do a rolling fingerflip. I need to get mine nice and solid over the next month.
Went out to practice for almost 3 hours today. It was 84 degrees F, which is warm, and about the temp it will be in Germany when I’m skating there. Sunny. It was good practice.
Went out skating for just over an hour. Skated pretty well. Worked on footwork, mostly. Drilled my regular tricks. Just enough time to get into a good rhythm. Fun.
Tonight is a skate night. It has been a few days since I’ve practiced. When a few days go by between sessions, sometimes I almost dread going to skate — afraid I will suck — stressed about learning this or that. So I go out and just try to enjoy myself. Hard to ignore the expectations. Very hard.
Edited on 5/22/17…
Learning tricks is not super easy for me, but given time and patience I can learn. Not sure why the difficulty, but I think that after 41 years of skating I’m just less willing be injured, even the little injuries to the shins that are so common in freestyle. That being said, I have some goals for the year, some of which I’m already on.
- Fast moving kickflips and fakie kickflips
- Proper fakie backside M-80
- Consistent ten 360s
- Consistent 5 Hang Ten 360s
- Backward Spacewalk
- 540 Big Spin
- New footwork
Started working on the backward spacewalk yesterday. I’ve been good at the normal one for a long time, as well as the Stacy Peralta Torque Spacewalk. I made a few adjustments to the way I put my feet on the board, in particular my front foot. You have to use the front foot kind of lightly, allowing the board to really rotate under the ball of your foot. Fun. I think I’ve got it.
Skated tonight. I was out in the allergens all day today, but skated anyway, and I skated OK. Enjoyable session.
Last weekend was my work weekend. All day Saturday, half day Sunday. By Sunday evening when I got home I was pretty wiped out. I took a short nap on the couch, and was tempted to just remain there. With a supreme act of Will, I got up and went to skate. Given that I started out from an exhausted couch, I wasn’t expecting much. But I figured I’d just do some footwork and at least get some rolling in. It turned out to be a pretty good session. Having switched back to a double-kick freestyle board my footwork is getting better. Kept working on the new trick. Almost there, for sure. A good session. It is always better to skate than to not skate.
First things first. I switched back to a double kick freestyle board. I’ve been on the single kick for almost 2 years. It’s been good, but I feel like the love affair is over. There are trade-offs. I like the flatness of the single kick. It feel better for some things, but I’ve concluded that my flow is just better on the slightly longer wheelbase of the double kick, and of course the kick nose just make my footwork a lot more sure. It feels better.
So today I started learning a new trick to add into my footwork lines. I’m about 60% there with it. It’s kind of simple, but it is new to me. I’ll post a video when I feel like I have it wired.
My last session was last Thursday. I skated for a couple of hours. Not my greatest session, but then not all of them are going to be fantastic. I have learned that even if I’m not skating that well on a particular day, it is best to keep skating. Any time on the board is better than no time on the board. The the weekend hit and I unexpectedly had to go out of town, so no skating then. Planning to hit it hard this weekend, weather permitting. Thursday night too.
I wish was really a morning person, so I could get up early to go practice.
Thinking for for my summer contest activities, I’m going to concentrate on getting better at what I already know, doing it all at a higher speed, and learning/relearning a couple of things from the past. I have some ideas. Will see what works out. I have not been practicing rolling fingerflips at all. I feel like they are an awful lot of effort, but hell, they are trick I can do if I practice, so why ignore them?
Worked yesterday (Saturday). Working this afternoon 1-5. Planning to skate a ditch with my friend Chris after work, then grill some food. Will be a few days ’til I am back on the freestyle board – Wednesday evening, hopefully. Wish I could practice every day. I’ve been saying that for many years now.
I had a couple of afternoons off, so I spent my time in the late afternoon skating the last two days. Had a couple of good session. I have to work today, which is probably OK since I’m sore.
The Van’s Half Cab Pros came in. I started wearing them. I like them. Higher tops and more padding make my feet feel more secure and makes me feel more confident. I’ll order another pair before the Europe trip.
Good session. Worked on Hang Ten Nose 360s a lot. Managed to hit 3, which isn’t that much, but it was a good spin that felt good and had a good axis. Progress. Made some good refinements to my starting foot position on the Mroz Twist and 360 Shove-It, which made a huge difference in consistency. Practiced my normal old kickflip a lot, as I’d really gotten out of practice.
Had a pretty good session last Sunday night. I was surprised, as I’d done several hours of Aikido over the weekend and my legs felt pretty tired. But of course once I got moving everything worked out. I remembered an old trick that I’m going to seriously relearn. It would be a good one for Masters Division contest. Then there’s these other 2. I think I can get them.
Today is Tuesday. I’m off on Thursday afternoon and all day on Friday. If weather permits, I’m going to skate as much as my body can take.
Oh, I ordered some Van’s Half-Cab Pros. Tired of low top shoes that feel like they are going to come off my feet.
It’s been hard to skate lately, again. Got a nasty sinus infection, which sucked. Finally got out to skate yesterday. It didn’t suck. Right now, in addition to be just getting over that infection, my allergies are on overdrive, making me feel tired. BUT — it was good to be on the board.
I need to dedicate the next few month entirely to physical training. Black belt test in Aikido coming up in June (unless I delay), and 2 freestyle contests (Germany and Sweden) in July and August. Hopefully the cross training will be good.