Long time no see

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Been a month since I was at the coldstore last.
A dark and grey November made us all tired and fatigued. The least amount of hours of sunshine ever in November.
And then Christmas came. Lots of food and lazy days.

Very nice vacation …but this first session was tough after doing nothing for such a long time. Definitely need to loose some weight.
Kickturns still worked! Happy about that. I think I did one higher up then ever.

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A good workout

Come to a stage where skating is becoming a very good workout.  And I don’t have to wait until everyone has left the building. I skate even if there are strangers skating. Well not too many perhaps. So from now on I get an hour of exercise that’s fun!

Since this is a country that’s chilly, rainy and eventually cold eight months a year I do like an indoor workout that’s not monotonous and boring.
I have to go to the gym to rehab my shoulder. A couple of times a week in the gym concentrating on my shoulder.
Skating is my rehabilitation for my body and soul.
Now turning is such a hard thing for me.  But I started to do some kind of easy trick with a name, fakie footplant!
There are other ladies skating, maybe not my age and with better skills. Still mostly a young, male activity.  And not all of the old guys are fenominal so I have my place among the gang that can’t drop in the vert. All the others can turn, however.  So my goal is very obvious at this point. A must!

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My new favorite workout, rehab center the coldstore.

Skate Indoors

Now we have moved indoors for good. At least for this season.
That means the Coldstore. I can ride the  mini ramp quite well  now. Still no kickturn but I am working on that.
But it is even funnier to ride in the vert ramp.  I set up goals every time on how far up I want to reach. Not very high but I can keep it up till I get tired. It is actually  very very hard work. So one gets tired fast.
Everyone  else seems  to have no trouble learning how to turn. For me it is an ordeal. But I am persistent.

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It is a huge ramp. Getting past the first joint has taken a while. That joint is about as far up as the second step!

Stuck in the bottom

This weekend the skatepark was too crowded again. I found myself feeling a little bit uneasy and uncomfortable. They ought to give us “skaters” that can´t drop an hour of our own. There is that part of skateboarding that feels like some kind of benchmarking. And it is not at all that easy to just play around in the bottom. Better when the park is empty. So no miniramp! Just kicking in the bottom of the vert.
The winter has taken a break so I have to start running again. And maybe go to gym.
No photo today. Cause I am disappointed somehow.

Still happy

Well, still happy…Haven´t been to the coldstore since last Saturday. Just practicing manuals in the hallway! Now, it will be interesting to see if I really got it a little last time. Got to have the miniramp to myself.
Skateboard has that extra part of suddenly mastering something “impossible”. Quite nice actually.
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The flapping arms! Looking weird and unrelaxed. Not so cool maybe but I will work on the style too 😀

Progress

Well at last some progress! The coldstore was for once almost empty. I started the evening taking photos and did not intend to skate. But with an empty hall I had to get my gear and have a go. I was lured into the miniramp and it felt very awkward…to steep at once. Scary. Had the vertramp to myself for a while and that made me braver. So back to the mini and wow, all of a sudden I could do it. Push up some speed. Kind of funny that my arms just had to flap! I have seen that many a time while watching others that aren’t that relaxed and confident. But that seems to be totally involuntarily…frysen.
Well this is really what makes this a perfect way to rehab yourself after a serious illness or whatever dull thing you have been through. It gives you this ridiculously satisfying feeling of getting better and acheiving your goal! But it also gives you that cool feeling when something suddenly snaps into place. You can´t say what it was you actually did, that was different, but somehow it worked.
Yupp, I like it and it gives me the feeling of getting back into business again. Took me some time to realise that I needed som kind of physical ( well that I realised) and mental rehab.
Well this reminds me most of my 6 o´clock Friday evenings at Gympalatset, a real workout session. Can´t do that nowadays!
Finally it is just a cool thing to do for whatever reason and at whatever age and regardless of gender!
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Still going nowhere

Winter, indoors, yellow-belly…
The ramp is slippery. I am so scared of falling so I am still wearing out the bottom plywood. But maybe my skatebuddy (ca 8 years) was right when he commented on my wheels. They are slow. Very slow. But then again might be exactly the way they´re supposed to be…for me. I will never be able to pick up any speed and so falling is not so imminent.
But out of my two boards I want to ride the cruiser. Outdoors in the ditch…boards

 

Indoor in coldstore

Still no snow but it is to wet to skate outdoors. So I was brave enough to hangout in the coldstore and use the desolate( well almost, one oldie and som kids doing the same as me) vert ramp on a uneventful Saturday evening. Bit disturbing that the rest of the hall was so crowded :). I am not particularly  fond of crowds. Prefer solitude ha ha. Well I was very cautious this time. The ramp is quite slippery and I am such a chicken. Still I managed to fall once and it is not pleasant. Not able to pick up speed to go back and forth in the bottom that many times, but I am getting there! Stubborn as hell.

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But the concentration needed is just what I am looking for. Some meditative, physically challenging pursuit. The rehabilitation much needed!