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Betty Boot Camp – Day 1

November 10, 2010

I can barely sit on my chair as I write this.  I can also barely stand up.  I’m sore, and I know tomorrow will be a new version of sore.

On Saturday, my husband and I went to the last bout of the season.  It was awesome!  The place was packed, my team was down for the first half, and then brought an amazing comeback!  My husband lost his voice from cheering so loud.  I brought my camera and had fun shooting, but realized later when looking through my photos that shooting moving targets in low light…well as fun as it was, not many of my photos were in focus.

Tonight was my very first practice on skates.  I’ve been skating around my house, a couple of times at a rink, and once on a bike path for 15 minutes before I realized that the longer I skated, the further I would have to skate to return to my car.  And I really was determined not to break anything before my first practice.  I wanted to learn to fall first.

And fall I did.  Quite a few times on purpose, a few times less purposefully.

We started out with butt cheek falls.  Twenty falls on each cheek for a total of 40 falls.  It’s not so bad when you land on the squishy part of the butt, but I took two falls on the less squishy part.  At least it was once on each side, so I’m balanced.

Then we moved to single knee falls.  Think lunges.  On wheels.  This was the part where I went from thinking “I’m a badass in the most awesome shape of my life” to “uh oh.”  I seriously need to work on strengthening my thighs, particularly my quads.  I’ll get right on that, when I can walk again.

Then double knee falls.  It’s more of a slide, like a rock star would do while playing a mean riff on the guitar.  I could do those alright.

Somewhere in the middle of all this, I switched out my wheels.  I had been using “multipurpose” wheels that supposedly can be used both on the track as well as outside.  I learned that they are less than mediocre for both situations, so I borrowed some wheels from a girl who is off her skates for a while due to injury.  Yikes!  Real wheels are much slicker than what I was using, and I “practiced” a few more butt cheek falls.

Then we did some core strengthening exercises.  This is where I thought I’d shine.  I’ve been doing Pilates on a somewhat regular basis.  I was proud of my core strength.  Until I tried doing the same move with skates on my feet.  Skates are heavy!  And suddenly I was less proud of my core strength.  I’ll be working on that too, just not tonight.

Overall, I’m happy with practice.  I survived without breaking anything.  I’d had a little fantasy about going out there and nailing all the moves on the first try, but that would have been too easy.  When that fantasy bubble burst, I created a new fantasy.  Now my fantasy is that I’m the girl who tries SO HARD that no matter how much I screw up, I still impress with my determination. 

The extra bonus of it all is that for two hours, I wasn’t anxious.  I’ve been so anxious lately about work, personal life, pretty much everything, that my entire everything feels tense.  Tonight, I was completely focused on falling and not falling, and while I was on the track, didn’t think once about my stress off the track.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 12, 2010 6:10 am

    I love it and you're absolutely adorable. I can soooooo totally relate to everything you've said! (Except, I knew my fantasy of nailing the moves was truly pure fantasy, lol).I love the way your blog looks too. Pink is my favorite color. Looking fwd to reading more. 🙂

  2. November 13, 2010 4:32 pm

    Simone…you are crazy! How much fun…what a great new adventure to pursue. I bet you are hell on wheels. Saw your blog address on your FB page. You freakin' go girl. You rock!

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