Snow and ice. But a sunny day make me long for an outdoor visit to Higvalley skatepark.
I practice things I usually don’t like to do at all. Like ollies. Boring but maybe a good thing to learn. Maybe.
A little bit fun. As always I got obsessed with success.
Been a long and fairly hot summer. Most days been perfect for skateboarding. I feel pretty pleased wiyh myself.
I have been skating quite well. Learned new lines.
We have been going to different new skateparks and that has been fun this summer. I dare trying out new spots.
It´s quite an achievement.
Nowadays I do feel that I can say that it is possible to make skateboarding a sport of your choice even at my age. I love it and I do make some progress. At least enough to get exercise from an hour of a fun and challenging activity.
And last but not least you can skate together even if you’re at different skill levels. You do what you can and want and your friends do what they want.
Last session i Highvalley it was me, the skater, my nephew and his little daughter all having fun together. So great! Love it!
What you need as an excercise is something that you do because you can´t be without it, something that makes you tick. For me it used to be running and fitness classes. Not anymore!
Well it is only the beginning of July and I have already done what I intended to accomplish this summer. So now I can focus on higher speed, trying out carving in other skateparks, kickturns in our countryside mini…
Yesterday´s progress was not quite stable yet. Had to jump off at too high speed. And that hurts. My ankle is not back to normal and the knee is not ready for stomping hard on the concrete. Injuries still making me realize I need to be extra cautious.
But I got it again and this time I successfully got upp and over the bump….
Here we go. I managed to stay in the larger bowl and do a backside carve. Actually after a couple of rounds I could do two backside and one frontside carve 🙂 This was never ever going to happen but it did.
I am over the moon.
I started the morning skate session feeling uninspired, tired and heavy and ended the session feeling great with a smile on my face.
Pretty empty as usual on a work day morning.
I could practice rolling in from the upper waterfall. Makes it possible to use the two connected bowls through the pipe. I can roll down through the first bowl into the pipe and swirl around in the second bowl and then back. So the speed I get from the two waterfalls is still to high for me. I can´t stop and carve in the deep first pool. Thers is no nice curve to easily carve backside and get the carving going. Have to take the round in the other bowl to lower my speed.
Then I got company and had to keep to the one bowl. Back to what I can handle😂.
But now I tried getting up on the bump in the middle and it worked. Now I just have to roll down again and not jump off.
So maybe this summer will prove to be pushing me forward.
Happy days. The rain that was expected did not happen. I had the whole park to myself. So I could do exactly whatever I wanted.
A little ditch, bumps, trying to get up on the bump in the big bowl, mini, the upper bowl and then I tried to start from the second waterfall. Two waterfalls in a row. The speed became really high by my standards. Luckily there is a long way to help speed out through the pipe. Now one around so I could do over and over again. So fun.
Frontside is yet another obsticle in my way. But now I can at least do it in slow motion in a very simple curve that is not so tight.
Fun, fun, fun..
Spring and as every other spring as far I am injured. March is not a good month. This year I injured myself whilst gardening. I twisted my knee. Been 4 weeks now and I still have a limp. It hurts when I walk and I don’t quite confident when I skate.
Still I can’t keep away. Now the outdoor season has begun.
I am trying new lines in the larger bowl in Highvalley. And I practice going up on the bump inch by inch. It’s a bit scary since I am not sure if I can handle what will happen on the other side :).
Seems I haven’t been updating this for quite some time. I love carving in the HV large bowl. So fun fun fun. Now I have started to carve frontside too.
Today I even skated in the upper bowl rolling in down the waterfall. Almost everyone seems to carve around in that part. So now I have to get going.