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Old November 10th, 2017, 05:09 PM   #1161
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Ok got the cartwheel landing.

Last session one of my skates came out from under me while I was entering a spin. Like it was on ice. Cleaned my wheels but it dit it again. I didnít fall or anything but ny spin was anticlimactic. (sometimes itís anticlimatic all on itís own)

DJ siad hte same thing happened to him on the same spot on the floor. He told me his story first so I know he wasnít humoring me. Thereís a slippery spot out there.

Then last nigh,wierdly, my skates just seem to be dragging. I kept speed but found it slightly laborious. Hmm..... Couldnít decide whether it was skate issue, floor issue, or age issue.
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Old November 17th, 2017, 04:17 AM   #1162
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Can now do a decent cartwheel on skates. The landing isnít quite as pretty as off skates. Itís a silly thing to do, but it goes nicely after a scratch spin. But I don't know quite where to go from there. Iíve been working on just landing one foot and glide off arebesque. But I donít have a lot of momentum after the landing.
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Old November 23rd, 2017, 09:21 AM   #1163
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They say it's the skater, not the skate. Well, if you are good enough, this is true. I guess I have made that elite club. (pats myself on the back)

I drove 30 miles to Holiday Skate in Orange, only to notice upon arriving, I did not have my skates. Oh the HORROR. I immediately started the car and said, no way to rentals. But, I had missed a few sessions, and decided to bite the bullet. Lucky I am a 10.5/11 in tennis shoes. Actually 10.5, though I often wear an 11. The size 10, always run large, skates I tried fit well. Well, the left skate felt stretched out, and the front truck was gimpy. But I got on the floor, and I could skate OK. I was shocked at how slow they were. Slow bearings and SOFT art size wheels. I could hardly make noise as I tried some toe tapping to the music. I actually skated just fine. I used my normal lean that I use with my SF DA45, but I used pre-emptive heel and toe lifts to achieve the turning the plates could not supply themselves. Yeah, I remember way back to 2011 when I was skating the Rebels and white Mags, I had started experimenting with toe and heel lifts to turn, and not just depend on the plate. Still do it now. Sometimes I just lean, and let the plates do the work, and other times I earn it. Only tonight that I was forced onto relatively crummy 10 degree skates do I really know where I stand. I CAN make 10 degree maneuver well. Well, bully for me.

I did swap out the left skate. Got lucky. The 2nd left skate fit well like the right. Like the two were a proper pair, not a mismatch pair. And then I just went at it. Boy, it was a slog though. And I did almost catch some edges on transitions. Mainly due to fatigue. The long plate skate reacted much slower than my short plates, and took more effort to lift a toe or heel. I started to get a bit sloppy at the end. But I call it a nice night skating, and certainly a moral victory. Save for the super slow wheels, I pretty much conquered rentals, and was not conquered by them. So this means, I could put a 10 degree metal short forward plate on a boot and still make it hum. Without realizing it, I have developed the skills that are needed to make a 10 degree turn better. The wheels in the 'ol noggin are a turning.
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Old November 24th, 2017, 03:20 PM   #1164
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Took my daughter her freind and youngest so Zeke on a friday at the little rink in my town.

Zeke picked right back up, heís 17. I showed him my progres on spins, he sais, ďnice! but you need more revelutions.Ē I showed him my cartwheel and he said, ďthat sucked, it looked more like a round off.l. You can always count on Zeke fo an honest opinion. The landing did suck. itís hard to get the skates in line with the roll. So I do more like a round off. I do a really good round off off skate. But I have to br careful of my back. Iím confindent I could still do a hand spring but not confident I would walk well afterward. But a regular cartwheel can land softly and still be very nice. But on skates, no toe stops, the soft landing has the wheels trying to go against the grain and the slip out. I found if I land one foot a glide off the best I can. itís better. I can soft land and three turn the skate back to an edge. It still needs a bit of work. Itís really kinda fun. Iíve always loved cartwheels.

Now for those one foot spin revolutions. I never give up. I need to get video again. I thunk Iím getting 3 or 4 revs consistently and my entry is pretty good. I can get two revs standing on one foot and coming around with the balance foot up. I can lift a foot on a two foot spin. My two foot spin is somewhat better.. Iíts tight and I get probably 6 to 8 revs normally. I know many people can get a lot more and I love to spin so Iíll just keep trying to get better and better.

Iím much better at dancing in place than I used to be. Not great just better than I used to be. I can spin on my bwck but not too much more with th break dancing type move, I try a few anyway.

Iím at the point where a couple of in the center moves seem beneficial when itís too crowded. Iím happy they have crowds but I need to adjust. The in the centr moves are actually much more tiring thwn skating the outside.
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Old November 25th, 2017, 09:52 AM   #1165
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So I got a chance to skate again on Friday. I REMEMBERED my skates this time. Was a pretty good night skating, though I still have not got my butt in gear and lost the weight I need to to feel better on the floor, but I digress. The one funny thing I wanted to note, was after having a pretty successful night on rentals, it sure took me a long time to get used to my normal skates.

I mean, seriously. I don't have this much trouble switching from inlines back to my quads. It is a bigger shock to the system, that long wheelbase to my short forward quads. But the transition is literally about 5 laps. Seemed like it took me around 4 or 5 songs to adjust. I wasn't leaning right, I wasn't using the action as much as I was using technique, lifting heels and toes, to turn, like I needed to with the rentals. The wide vs narrow wheels was bugging me. I kept almost catching an edge on my wide speed wheels. I even almost got my weight back on my heels a few times. I had to keep mentally reading myself the riot act on what the differences of the skates were. Lean harder, keep your weight on your toes, lifting toes and heels happen faster, in fact everything is faster.... stay on top of the skates. The biggest shock was back to wheels that roll vs those soft stuck in the mud wheels. I probably adjusted to that the quickest, by and large, but I did have a few bobbles in the fore/aft due to the different roll.

But, all in all, a good nights skate.
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