This old dog learned a new trick...
Friday, April 09, 2010
So since it's SNOWING today I can not be outside gardening and tell you all about my first experience roller blading!
My 9-YO gets out of school and I have clothes all ready for her. She asks where we are going and I just tell her that we are going on an adventure. Sure was an adventure! There is this cute little park in town with a paved track and grass on both sides (good for falling I think). Neither one of us have ever been on roller blades. First lap around I have my daughter put her skates on and I walk around with her. She does pretty well. Then she wants to be by herself. Of course there is a boy about 12 zooming around the track on blades, a mother with a stroller, an older couple walking and a lady about my age power walking. As soon as we start the boy is gone. Too bad, I wanted to watch him to see how he does it! All of the people are so nice, they all chit-chat with us when passing. That's why I love my little town. The people are really friendly for the most part.
Then after my daughter wants to be on her own, it's time for my big debut. OK, I can stand on these pretty well. OK, I can move pretty well. Reminds me of roller skating in the 80's in a way. Then an older gentleman walks by with this huge fish he just caught. I remark on what a nice fish it is. He stops to chat. OOPS... lost my balance and down I go. "I'm so sorry, Honey. I didn't mean to make you fall!" It's fine. Only my pride is hurt. Of course all of the people strolling by have to comment on how brave I am to try skating. "Never would get ME on those things!"
Almost make it around the full lap when I realize that I'm going down hill. Then I realize that I don't know how to stop. I do know where the brake is, but it is a matter of being able to use it. I choose wiping out again instead of going out of control. Just as I'm getting up, a mom and her toddler enter the track with a big Power Wheels car. Mom keeps yelling "Watch out for the people!" and I decide it's time for my exit.
All in all it was a fun experience. The next day my bum was sore not from falling but from muscle ache, so realize what a good exercise it will be. Next time maybe will try in the rink so it is level. Always did dream of being in the roller derby when I was young, maybe there's hope for me yet...