I was worn out from aikido by the time I went to skate today. Legs were toast. But managed to practice basic movement and footwork.
Well, I got out and practiced today (MLK Day) and yesterday.
Yesterday I didn’t do too badly, but it was pretty clear I am out of practice. Today it went a lot better. I feel like I still have everything. Just need to work on everything to make it smoother, most consistent, and learn some new stuff.
The new 95a Mode wheels are smooth as silk, and I think they are going to really work with my particular style.
But – the Paderborn, Germany contest is only 5 or 6 months away, so I need to get on the practice. Again, I’m not focussed on winning anything. That isn’t going to happen. I want to skate as well as I can, and I’d like to have 2 or 3 or 4 really good new tricks to do in my runs.
I feel like this has become a yearly pilgrimage for me. A trip across to ocean to the holy ground of freestyle. After that first time last year, the place just seems like magic. I realize I could get there and get rained out, but fuck it, it is worth the risk.
I got some of the new Mode 95a freestyle wheels. I like them. They are smoother rolling and easier on the ankles and knees when landing tricks, but not mushy. Stoked. Harder wheels might be better for 540 shoveits, but I don’t seem to be in danger of making any of those, so I’ll opt for a better ride, smoother wheelies, and better style.
So it’s officially time to renew my nutritional program so I don’t get fat this winter, keep going to aikido to keep the body limber and agile, and skate as much as possible. I think my goal will be double kickflips, really good backwards hang-ten wheelies, and 540 big spin.