It's been one of my long time goals to learn how to roller skate on quads. I've never been able to stand on any type of skates but quads are most important because that's essential to roller derby. I've been talking about learning for several years but have put it off out of fear, perhaps for good reason.
Yesterday, after much prompting from friends, I made it to the rink. I tried to lose my skates, run late and lose my cash but my buddy kept close tabs on me and didn't allow for my excuses. I arrived at the rink about five minutes late (which for me is pretty much on time) only to discover that she had paid for my entrance fee! NO EXCUSES! I came in and put my skates on and out on the floor we went! I was leaning on the wall and she was telling me not to. After about a round of that we went to the carpet.
The carpet is my friend! I can skate much better on Mr. Carpet because there's no speed and it doesn't hurt as much when I fall. I was awesome, I only fell once or twice! I was so good so confident, I knew I was going to be a star! I was so proud when Cheryl told me I was doing great! Then she said the dreaded words "Now it's time to skate on the wood floor and no clinging to the walls!" I tried but the wood floor hates me, it mocks me.
The first round or two I was still leaning on the walls, then after two rounds I was pooped! Yes I am a wimp! After watering myself I got up and made two more rounds without the wall and then I fell backward! Instantly pain shot through my arm. It hurt so badly I wanted to cry but I didn't until Cheryl asked me if I was OK. I actually choked that back until her son told me I would get better, then frustration and pained combined. My only option was an escape to the ladies room. Once under control I got out there again I made one round then in the middle of round two I fell backward again! Strangely, it didn't hurt as much BUT I had to leave the floor as soon as I could because there was a growing bump on my arm. It actually didn't really hurt (the fall did but not the swelling) after icing my arm and sitting it out for a while, I got back out there and tried again and made two more rounds. The obligatory games were played. I then tried one last time to get out there and made it to round two and fell forward this time I had enough and I was at a table trying to get the skates off.
I have issues, I have no sense of balance in real life and five times less on skates. I'm still getting laughed at by four year old children as they zoom by. In spite of myself, I have learned how to skate, not well but I can make it around the rink with minimal falls. I cannot get up unassisted and will crawl somewhere if need be. It's not the teacher it's definitely the student! The rink owner was giving me tips poor Cheryl tried too. I'm a mess equal to a giraffe on skates; my stance is all wrong, my legs are locked up and I can't gain any speed. I have a bruise around my elbow and one on my butt. With all that aside, I CAN SKATE (sort of).
I'm going back hopefully next weekend. :)