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Old August 24th, 2006, 02:30 PM   #1
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If you are just learning to skate, or even if you are only *thinking* about learning to skate, we would love to hear about your experiences and thoughts. You will get a lot of encouragement and moral support from our forum visitors.

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Old August 25th, 2006, 10:08 PM   #2
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well, as someone wanting tog et agressive skates - jumping over fallen poles and stuff, that are like... maybe 1 1/2 feet to 2 feet high feels really good - as does your first 180, or your first stiall, no matter how small the actual stall is - you just gotta keep at it.
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Old August 26th, 2006, 02:00 AM   #3
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I agree, everything I have learned has been a big feeling of accomplishment. So far I've really enjoyed skating. Even despite the few strains, pulls, and sprains.

When I was around 10 or so (however old 5th grade puts me at) I went on my first and last skate for quite some time. I was on quads, and at a party for my "girlcrush" . She was sweet and held my hand as I tried not to fall down, but fall down I did. And again. And again.

And again. And.....

It ended up that night that I fractured my tailbone and also got my hand ran over and other parts of my body tripped on. I really thought that would be it for me. I refused to try it ever again, and swore by that.

I'm very glad now, though, that I didn't stick to my anti-skating resolution. Hopefully some day soon I'll get around to why I started up after all this time, but in the mean time; Let me say, thanks so much for this forum (and a few others) and all the helpful folks that hang around. Being able to roll has touched my life. In a good way.
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Old September 5th, 2006, 03:03 PM   #4
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Well, today I have found a goldmine in a training area. It's an old abandoned shopping center with a huge parking lot. A bit run-down, but overall very smooth, and I get the entire place to myself. Unfortunately, it's about 20-30 minutes from where I live, so I don't have the time or gas to go except once or twice a week.

I went skating there this morning, and I no longer seem to have the pain in my leg that I was having. (See my other thread.) I feel a bit overwhelmed, though, just because I have so many things to learn. I keep trying to keep in mind to bend at my knees, but once I get going, I feel like I start bending at the waist. I've also been practicing with the heel brake, and I was doing better by the time I left, but I've still got a way to go. I'm left-handed, so I might try moving the brake to the other skate and see if that makes a difference. I've heard that sometimes it does.
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Old September 5th, 2006, 09:26 PM   #5
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Oh, that goldmine does sound nice! I've so far been asked to leave every skateable parking lot around the area. It'd be nice to find one abandoned (or not patrolled by Eagle Security all night).

I know it can be overwhelming, especially at first. But stick with it. The first two weeks I practiced nearly an hour a day in a chained off parking garage and felt like I was getting no where... but finnally it just clicked. By the end of the month, I was able to jump off curbs and down a few steps.

I'm sure everyone's rate of progress is different based on past experience and such, but I promise, one day you will be looking back amazed at your former lack of mobility!
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Old September 9th, 2006, 03:00 PM   #6
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I took my first spill yesterday, and it made me glad I was wearing my wrist pads. I would probably have some nice road burn now if I didn't have them.

I also went back to the empty parking lot this morning and spent most of my time practicing my posture and heel brake. By the end of my practice session, my posture was looking pretty good, judging from the doors of the empty shops which act as mirrors. But am I right that you're supposed to try to keep your weight centered on the heel of your foot? I tried doing this, and couldn't quite get it. I'm also having a time keeping my posture good the entire time I skate without stopping. It tends to start falling apart, but I guess I will get it with practice. Another question: which direction should your toes be pointed? Mine seem to point outward. Is this correct?

As for the heel brake, I'm still having difficulty learning it, but I did see some minor improvements today. I'd moved the brake to the left skate instead of the right, but the only real difference I noticed is that it seems to engage more quickly now than it did. Also, which foot is your weight supposed to be centered on while braking? I tended to push forward on the toe area a lot on my rear foot, but that made my foot sore. (I seem to be having a new pain every skating session. )

I also thought I might be asked to leave the parking lot this morning. My car was there and a cop must have seen it because I saw one pull in. (I was in a part of the lot where you couldn't immediately see me. I was afraid when he saw me that he might make me leave, but instead, he simply waved at me and drove off.
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Old February 26th, 2008, 03:53 PM   #7
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Well, today I have found a goldmine in a training area. It's an old abandoned shopping center with a huge parking lot. A bit run-down, but overall very smooth, and I get the entire place to myself. Unfortunately, it's about 20-30 minutes from where I live, so I don't have the time or gas to go except once or twice a week.

I went skating there this morning, and I no longer seem to have the pain in my leg that I was having. (See my other thread.) I feel a bit overwhelmed, though, just because I have so many things to learn. I keep trying to keep in mind to bend at my knees, but once I get going, I feel like I start bending at the waist. I've also been practicing with the heel brake, and I was doing better by the time I left, but I've still got a way to go. I'm left-handed, so I might try moving the brake to the other skate and see if that makes a difference. I've heard that sometimes it does.
You are working hard to actually learn to use the heel brake! For me, it's speed, speed, speed...and fitness. Brake, you say? How does one do that?
Is bending forward at the waist a cardinal sin in skating? I do it often, especially when taking a turn at speed. My upper body weight still seems to be centered over my skates, however.
Maybe this gives me the appearance of "Gumby" on skates.
Maybe not too cool.
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Old September 14th, 2006, 01:38 AM   #8
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How long does it take a 30 yr old to learn to skate? I can't stop, or turn yet. I been at this for about 6 hours. The slightest decline scares me to death.
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Old September 14th, 2006, 05:15 PM   #9
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It recently took a 28 year old about a month to get turning and stopping down (me). Everyones a little different, but hang in there, it will come together sooner than you think! Each session will build a little more memory for your balance and muscle use. And once you can stop well, those declines will seem like nothing at all! Are you using a heel brake? There are some great tutorials on Kathy's site...
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Old September 15th, 2006, 01:02 AM   #10
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The only thing I've been practicing (not much due to rain) is breaking with the heel brake. Thanks for the encouragement
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Old September 15th, 2006, 01:02 PM   #11
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Oh yeah, skating is very much a cumulative skill, the more you go, the more you know. If you try to skate as often as you can, I would prefer daily but can't because of work. Back straight, knees slightly bent, practice good posture right from the start, and learning will be quicker.

For those transitioning from quad skates to inlines, On quad skates you don't have a wheel sticking out beyond the front of your boot or the heel of your boot. So on my inlines, I removed the front wheel, since I am so use to the toe flick from quads, the front wheel sticking beyond the boot was tripping me up. Much better now, I still prefer quads.
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Old September 16th, 2006, 06:26 PM   #12
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The only thing I've been practicing (not much due to rain) is breaking with the heel brake. Thanks for the encouragement
you're gonna have tons of fun, but before you start, make sure you have all the proper protective gear...check other posts in the beginner section, chances are the same questions/concerns you have, has already been discussed...for example:

http://www.skatelogforum.com/forums/...read.php?t=109

there are some helpful tips and hints, read up on it, then go out and have fun!

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Old September 17th, 2006, 02:48 PM   #13
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Well, today was a completely horrible off-day for me. I haven't been able to skate all week, so I'm out of tune. I went out to the same city with the parking lot, but instead of going there, I decided to try a bike trail that's close to it. To get to the trail, I had to park in a parking lot, but I didn't realize that the trail didn't start immediately after that. Instead, I first had to travel down the slight ramp into the parking lot, and I fell. (It leads into a busy road, so I was trying to be extra-cautious and failing.) Then there's a short sidewalk, and after the sidewalk, you have to go up a very bumpy private driveway before you get to the actual trail. I fell here too. Somewhere along the line I cut my arm, but I don't know where.

Anyway, once I got to the trail, my right leg was being really painful. I've had this pain before, and I tried adjusting the skate fit, but it didn't really help. Part of it might be because I hadn't skated all week. If that's the case, is there anything I can do on the days I can't skate to help keep my legs in shape so that they don't fall out on me on the days I can skate? Because of this pain, I wasn't able to go out too far onto the trail. It also felt like I had forgotten everything I'd learned since I started skating. Very disappointing. It was slightly easier coming back because it was on a very slight downhill, but I wish I could have stayed longer.

Then, to add insult to injury, I met up with a mother and daughter skating pair when I returned to the beginning of the trail and started taking my skates off. (I wasn't going to try skating those rough areas again. I was just going to walk them this time.) They weren't wearing a helmet or any pads, but then they took off like speed demons as though they've done this a thousand times before.
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Old October 28th, 2006, 04:56 PM   #14
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Go on till you think; walking is strange and clumsy
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Old February 26th, 2008, 04:41 PM   #15
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How long does it take a 30 yr old to learn to skate? I can't stop, or turn yet. I been at this for about 6 hours. The slightest decline scares me to death.
I can't brake, either...cause I've rarely tried! That's what soft patches of green grass are for! I'm not very fond of barbed-wire fencing for stopping/braking, however.
Let me tell you, though, the fear of falling can easily make you fall! The more you skate, the more dare-devilly (I know this ain't a word...) you will become. The steep hill which once terrified this humble author is now my most favorite part of the track! Before you find yourself hurtling down said decline, map it out first.
1) Make sure it is clear of pedestrians...and prey-driven pitbulls off-leash...
2) Pick out your own lovely patch of pastoral real estate upon which to bail out of your courageous attempt.
3) Try to spot the innocent presence of pine cones, rubble-strewn areas, oil slicks...
4) When you actually execute your maiden voyage down the hill (Who knows? You might actually crash into a maiden, who will become your significant other in future, at least in court...), simply bend your knees, and coast down it a few times, after the observance of 1-3. If there is a bend at the bottom (and this seems strange, at first...)narrow the distance between your feet, adopt an open stance to the bend (left foot back for a left bend, right foot back for a right bend), and lean as required into the bend as you scream down the hill.
A sense of loosing your balance as you lean will subconsciously help in keeping yourself from falling. You would expect that leaning into the bend in an open stance would cause you to fall. It does not. You are training your brain, more specifically your subconscious, as well as your body to skate without wiping out...and this takes, well, practice. I've wiped out very few times, and when I did, there was little, if any, pain and road-rash. The one time I incurred some real pain was when I came down on my side, and ironically, I fell with the elbow pad neatly tucked under my rib cage. Ouch! For over a week, it had felt as if Iron-Mike Tyson had wailed on those ribs. Freak accident, really. But now I have a war-story to relate to other fellow inliners.
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Old October 9th, 2006, 08:02 PM   #16
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I can't even do a shuv-it! But I keep up skating because I know one day I'll finally land a kickflip.
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Old October 10th, 2006, 06:25 AM   #17
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when i was just learning to skate, i skate every single day for about a week, about 2 hrs a day.

for people that are learning to skate, i feel that its important that u skate everyday( as far as possible) until u are quite comfortable on ur skates.

The reason i think that way its because your body is learning how to balance itself on the skates rather then ur feet. The more often you skate as you are learning, the faster your body will adapt to it, rather then your body "forgetting" how to balance as more days pass since your last skating session.

Hope this will help out those that are just starting out
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Old October 10th, 2006, 11:20 AM   #18
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Ophidias,

"The reason i think that way its because your body is learning how to balance itself on the skates rather then ur feet."

The only time I've ever tried to do inlines it seemed that I had two extreme edges which is flopping to the inside or out. Very unsettling.

Wrong skates for me or wrong size? I never understood how to keep them upright.

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Old October 10th, 2006, 03:57 PM   #19
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and your laughing bout my brake problem? Meh.

there's a trick on the forum to learn to balance your wheels straight.... if i find it, i'll edit my post.

You skate on rollerblades then? It's just a matter of getting used to inlines. Main thing is that your ankles are straped in good.
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Old October 11th, 2006, 12:13 AM   #20
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Kelly,

I tried rollerblades once but the weight distribution over the top of the row of inline wheels was very unsettling and hard to get use to having. Whatever was going on with the skates it was different than ice skating.

This does make me wonder if an inline skater can become a quad skater so easily. Could we be a different species?

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