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Quarantine Skills

It’s not quarantine unless you decide to learn something new, right?

Some of you may know that I have a long obsession with wheeled sports. I used to bike 4-8 hours a day, before things like work and college got in the way, and I developed a bad shoulder that made cycling posture untenable. I loved rollerblading in high school, though I never had a place smooth enough to make it fun–all of our streets were covered in gravel and potholes, and there weren’t any sidewalks where I grew up. I wanted to learn how to skateboard, but didn’t get my hands on a board until 2 years ago. Despite my best efforts, I could not find my balance on the board. I finally gave up and handed the board off to charity when we moved to Seattle.

But the desire never really left. I love watching skating videos on youtube, and have been following the Xgames competitions off and on since high school. Recently, I’ve been watching a lot of quad skating.

See, it occurred to me that maybe before skateboarding, I should try resurrecting a skill I already have, like rollerblading, to get my balance and strength back.

So I earmarked a pair of skates, but when I finally had the money, they were sold out. So I went with my second choice: quad skates.

Now, I have quad skated in the past. There is a roller rink near my grandparent’s house. My parents used to take me there when I was little.

Like elementary school.

That’s right, the last time this girl wore a pair of quads, it was with pink corduroy and pigtails, back when I couldn’t see over the counter.

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I fully admit that I may have made a somewhat rash decision based solely on how cute I found these skates. They are the Candi Girl Carlin skates.

Right now my goal is learning to go forward without falling on my ass or my face; breaking in the skates, and generally getting my balance back. I’m not willing to go outside with them yet because my safety gear hasn’t even shipped yet, and we’re surrounded by hills. Mostly, I’ve been going back and forth over our living room carpet, occasionally testing myself on linoleum, and working on my core strength because damn, I knew it was bad but I didn’t realize it was that bad.

If anyone is actually interested in this, I can do a post about how I decided on these skates and what to look for, but I know that’s really not why you guys are here.

It’s going to be a while before I do any knitting or reading while skating.


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