Very fun session at the tennis courts across from lab! Was sore today, but the kind that goes away after warming up :)
Started with 15 min of crazy 8's on the line that goes across the middle of the tennis court. (Don't know what it's called.)
A few plows, a few t stops, also tried doing those while skating laps around the whole tennis court. Harder.
Did 2-foot weaving between imaginary cones.
Practiced skating on one leg, even tried weaving on one leg, but hard to use my outside edge (which I think isn't something that people usually say to do anyway, but would be fun to be able to turn both ways on one leg!).
Did transitions some more, again can consistently do them with 3-4 strides of acceleration and then a transition, but hard when going around in a circle. Was experimenting getting more and more aggressive with the speed before the transition, but fell hard on my butt (and accidentally put a straight arm down, which is a huge no-no!!!). Shoulder wasn't actually hurt, but need to practice falling better still. But at least didn't fall on my hip :D
Also practiced a thing with similar footwork to a transition, called a heel kick
. It's basically for being able to skate laterally across the track while still facing forward/backward (to get in people's way better). Can now do it while holding onto the fence!!! Also can sometimes do it while letting go of the fence. It's hard for me to get my toes be 180 degrees from each other, but found another video of a guy who's doing them but definitely not
doing that, so that's helpful.