As of last night, we hadn’t been on the ice in a week and a half. We wanted to, but life (well, okay, his work) kept getting in the way. Every week can’t be like that one golden seven day period in which we skated three different rinks. The obsessed mind doesn’t care, it wants to go skating and it wants to go skating NOW.
Normally we spend Wednesday evenings playing (old school pen and paper) Dungeons and Dragons with some geeky friends but last night’s gaming was canceled. Last time game night was canceled we discovered that Skatetown has a public session on Wednesday evenings, and it was far less crowded than the teenager packed Friday evening or birthday party packed weekend sessions. So the question was automatic – “Game night is off, wanna go skating?” The answer was equally automatic – “Oh hells yeah!”
Neither of us felt like trying anything new even before we got on the ice. The goal for the evening was smoothing out what we already (think we) can do. Which was a great idea, for I was sucking badly from the moment I stepped onto the ice. It appears to me that, like in skydiving, currency is important in ice skating; I skated much better and had much more confidence when we had been on skates less than a week before.
I worked on feeling the edges, transitioning front to back/back to front in either direction, backwards skating, skating with my hands in my pockets and trying not to turn completely green while watching good skaters do things I’ll likely never be able to do.
The good news is I didn’t fall down. No new bruises is a novel morning-after skating experience, but I’d take a few with a smile if it meant that I had skated better. The bad news is that my moments of brilliance were few. There were a few transitions that were smooth, and a little bit of backwards skating that was smooth, but other than that I was pretty much skating like I was three weeks ago.
Sigh. Into every life some suckage must fall. Three strides forward and two dumps on the ass back. It’s a good thing I’ve accepted that I’ll never be good at this. If I thought I was going to be good at it, last night’s suckage might have enticed me to find something else to do.
On a happier note, besides stick time and the regular hockey classes the rink now offers a hockey power skating class on Saturdays. Only $13 and dropins are welcome. I think we’ll try to hit a few of those once our class has started.
If the weather continues to cooperate (ie not be sunny and warm), the plan is to go skate the rink in Vacaville on Saturday and then a road trip to drool at Hockey Xsport and skate a public session at Oakland Ice on Tuesday. We prefer the vibe and customer service and overall facilities at Skatetown, but we like the ice at Vacaville much better and it seems to be less crowded on the weekends too. Oakland has really nice ice and less people on it, but it’s a 1 1/2 hour drive without traffic issues one way so it has to be a treat instead of a regular thing.
The Sharks play Washington tonight. Sure hope last night’s goal scoring frenzy in Anaheim wore the Caps out. The Pacific Division is crazy tight right now; losing is not an option for the Sharks at the moment, not if they want to make the first round this year. Judging by how hard they played in Nashville, it looks like they want it pretty bad. Go Sharks! 😀