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So Friday... oy. It started out so well -- I skated the Friday morning artistic session. My refurbished skates are fabulous. The guy at the rink who fixed them up for me was able to save my comptition-class, never-made-better, not-made-anymore bearings, and the wheels seem to be good (though I might be more comfortable with a softer, stickier wheel at the moment). He left the action on the trucks really soft, too, so I can catch a super deep edge, which is great for dance and freestyle, and impossible for school figures. I find I really want to do figures, though -- maybe I'll get another pair of skates later. There's something about controlling the energy that can be generated in one push, having the control to maintain an even edge while moving your free leg or your arms or switching edges or turning. I think there's an extra set of plates in my parents' attic; that'd save me a lot of money if I decide I want a second pair.

Then I went to pick Max up at the vet. He's all wrapped up in bandages and stuff so his boo-boos won't get dirty or scratched or whatever, and he's still wearing the e-collar to keep him from licking himself. The bandage is ripped over the elbow of his leg (cats do too have elbows; shut up), but I think he did that himself with his hind leg. I have to take him back to the vet Monday so they can remove the bandages and check the wounds. I know he'll be glad to get it off, and I hope he'll be able to have the e-collar off soon, too, poor baby. He must be dying to give himself a bath.

Coronation was Saturday, and I boggle at trying to condense it into a concise post. Suffice to say that Bergental puts on a spiffy party, the ceremony was lovely and truly emotional, and I love my friends. The next six months are going to be a blast. Busy, too -- the Kingdom Chatelaine asked me to be her web deputy, and Brigantia asked me if I wanted to learn to do courts. I don't think I'll ever be as good as Adhemar or Ernst, but I can be competent. I was exhausted on the way home, and fell into bed. Between the event and the time change I was so tired I couldn't drive into Boston to get darkwolfie this morning (sorry, baby!).

I skated again today, in Senior Club. Most of the skaters were adults, and while I was better at just regular skating, more advanced stuff like crosses front and back were a little scary, both in the doing and in the way they looked. It's very frustrating -- I used to be able to do this like breathing! I did quit a little early; my legs were wobbly and the blister I got on Friday on the arch of my right foot was hurting. No wonder -- the bandage had peeled off and the blister ripped open. (It sounds worse than it is; I'm used to this. It's all part of the Total Skating Experience!TM) The tops of my ankles were sore, too, and when I took a look at my right ankle this evening, there's a narrow strip rubbed away on the outside of my ankle. Again, it sounds worse than it is. It's not that I don't care, but I can't do anything about it, except bandage it when I skate again. That's why they make those big mucking bandaids.

Even with the pain, with the little wounds, with the shaky legs and frustratingly atrophied skills, I'm having a blast. I can't wait till this is completely natural again.

i feel: tired tired

14 trips or shoot the rapids
baronessmartha From: baronessmartha Date: April 3rd, 2006 11:45 am (UTC) (base camp)
You sounded great reading that AOA.
Adhemar and Ernst are correct, we do need more people who can do court.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: April 3rd, 2006 05:49 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Thank you!
points From: points Date: April 3rd, 2006 05:15 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Are you and Wolfie maybe interested in rollerblading, as well? I seem to recall one of you might have had the same shoe size as I, and I still have one extra pair of blades...
tashabear From: tashabear Date: April 3rd, 2006 06:01 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I'm not -- one type of skates is all I can handle ATM. Wolfie has a pair. Thank you though! MWAH!
skittl1321 From: skittl1321 Date: April 3rd, 2006 09:26 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Skating sounds great. Hope you get back into the swing of things too.

tashabear From: tashabear Date: April 3rd, 2006 09:55 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I found cuts on my left ankle, too. Gonna have to figure this out... Maybe I'll cut the foot off a pair of socks and pad myself that way.
wengeue From: wengeue Date: April 7th, 2006 01:52 am (UTC) (base camp)
Bunga Pads are great for this. See here. They are these gel things that stick to your skin. They also have gel sleeves you can put around your whole ankle if necessary.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: April 7th, 2006 02:54 am (UTC) (base camp)
Ooh. Thanks for the tip! I may have to spring for that kit!
wengeue From: wengeue Date: April 7th, 2006 03:38 am (UTC) (base camp)
Bunga Pads are well worth it. I always kept a few of them in my skate case. I have some monster calluses, too, but the Bunga Pads kept me from any serious pain.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: April 7th, 2006 05:08 am (UTC) (base camp)
Well, the blister on my arch seems to be mostly healed; it's just a tiny bit tender, and that should be gone away tomorrow or the next day. My skates are getting to the point where they only hurt the first few minutes, then they get warm and soften up some. Now I just have to get the back of the ankle softened so I can point my toe, and I'll be all set.
wengeue From: wengeue Date: April 7th, 2006 01:53 am (UTC) (base camp)
And I was going to ask... which kind of wheels do you have?
tashabear From: tashabear Date: April 7th, 2006 03:01 am (UTC) (base camp)
I want to say Bones Artistic, 62mm. They were able to save my beloved Fafnir bearings, too!
wengeue From: wengeue Date: April 7th, 2006 03:31 am (UTC) (base camp)
Whoa, I have Bones Artistic too, and I just checked, they are also 62mm. I liked those wheels well enough, though I didn't compete in singles on quads. (I competed on inlines. I was a freak.)

I have Hyper Tracers for figures. I haven't been able to skate on them for a few years now. My current goal is to finish the thesis this fall and then maybe skate again.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: April 7th, 2006 03:37 am (UTC) (base camp)
Well, until this turned into a Very Expensive Week, I was going to go hunt up another pair of plates at my mom's (there MUST be a pair there somewhere) and put together a pair of figure skates. I may yet; we'll see.
14 trips or shoot the rapids