Friday, February 24, 2012

Ready for spring

I skate regularly but rarely pad up. Normally I take it easy, think old man in teenager clothing. Today was different, I was bent on a full ramp assault. My pads have been sitting for so long there were literally spiders falling out of them. Sorry mom. It was chilly and I felt rusty but nothing was going to stop me. I had not done an invert in almost a year. My goals were simple:
1. Get upside down.
2. Get air
3. Get stoked
4. Do it all again for as long as possible and
5. Be able to walk away when the session was over.
Mission accomplished.
I bashed the top of my foot on the coping pretty good but I'll be ok and it was totally worth it!

first knee slide blew out my laces.

My sweet wife shot this make and cheered me on. Not my best form but I landed it and rolled away. I'm guessing I made 14 out of 19 attempets not bad for a a year off. I am stoked.

My girls had a blast.

I am always finding excuses not to skate, they are usually legit, responsible reasons like: help the kids, fix the house, work for a living, practice music etc, but other times I contrive totally lame reasons driven by fear and guilt. Sometimes I feel like I just don't deserve the time for myself. Other times I am just too scared of crashing. If you let fear and guilt stop you from doing what you love to do then you are not living. When I step onto a skateboard I am overcoming my fear and that is a great feeling.