Got on a skateboard for effectively the first time today. (a few minutes here and there as a kid don’t count). My goal is to get comfy enough longboarding to transform my boring/aggravating car commute in a fun healthy board/bus commute. Work on my core, sweat more often, improve balance, inhale a bit more of the world. That’s my goal. So today I took my new board over to an empty lot across the street for my lunchbreak for some mutual abuse. Here are my observations:
-Right is easy, left is scary, but I’ll get over it
-I only fell once
-I was wearing cross-trainers. I understand skater shoes now: it’s not about good traction. Grip tape takes care of that. It’s about easily repositioning your feet. Hence the flat-footed slipper design.
-Everything from knees to nipple has a lot of loosening up to do.
More training to come before I start commuting.
BONUS! First time on a board, and I got stopped by a cop. Turns out the vacant lot isn’t open for play. No issues: I’m a little old for knee-jerk disregard of authority. Lunch break was over, so I picked up my board and left. But still, do I get extra points for attracting the fuzz?
First practice, and I’m not dead. Hopefully I’ll be cruising easy by summer!