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i had the best lesson today.
I had my first freestyle lesson in twenty years today.  But first, the face plant.  I don't know how it happened.  I was doing back cross-pulls, trying to warm up, and all of a sudden, I was every so slowly sliding towards the floor, and ended up spread-eagled, face down on the floor.  It was the slowest, softest fall I've ever taken.  It was just too funny.

The lesson, though, that was a hoot.  We worked on my landing position for my jumps, as well as my position in the air (where my hands should be to get a good rotation).  My homework is to work on jumping straight, with my hands in the right position, on the ground.  Not sure when I'll get to do it, because my lesson is moving to Monday, but that's my homework.  We worked a little bit on my spins, but I have a good handle on them, so really, I just need to practice.  But here's the cool part...

I did a mapes

On ice its called a toe loop; roller skaters call it a mapes, after the originator.  It was ugly, and I two-footed the landing, but I did it, with the toe plant and the hands the way Mary wanted them.  It was actually really easy; I didn't have to try too hard to make the rotation. It's really making me think... if a single is that easy to rotate, will doubles be that hard with the right coaching?  Yes, I need to drop weight, and yes, I need to get stronger, but I think I could do it.

I was really tired after my lesson.  I worked up a good sweat, and I was a little sore, but I felt really good.  One of the other women came up to me as I was taking my skates off and said she was surprised I was doing freestyle, but this was my joy when I skated back when.  Gotta follow the bliss.  I do need to be careful of my ankle; it's a little achy, but I think I'll be okay.  Nothing a little Vitamin I and a nice bath won't solve -- after I finish Wolfie's tunic for the event this weekend.  ;-)

Life is good...

i feel: happy happy
i hear: Foo Fighters - Generator

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skittl1321 From: skittl1321 Date: May 5th, 2006 02:18 am (UTC) (base camp)
Very cool! Congratulations (about the jump, not the face plant :) )
tashabear From: tashabear Date: May 5th, 2006 03:21 am (UTC) (base camp)
Thank you! Seriously, you woulda laughed. It was practically slo-mo.
2 trips or shoot the rapids