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I am not a pro boarder. In fact I am a very late fan of the sport. This is more a diary than anything else, although comments and suggestions are appreciated. I'm going to try to keep track of how I do (and what I do) from season to season; what works and what fails; and how I improve over time.
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2011-09-02 My death?

Posted 09-03-2011 at 11:24 PM by Donutz (This Side Up)
Updated 09-04-2011 at 02:52 PM by Donutz

Bought a skateboard. Damn, I'm a pathetic addicted SOB. Hopefully this will give me my fix until the season starts. The balance beam is helping my balance and all, and well worth doing, but it's not inspiring.
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2011-08-02 Balance Beam Progress?

Posted 08-02-2011 at 12:12 PM by Donutz (This Side Up)

Did the balance beam twice this weekend. I'm getting better endurance (just a bit). I no longer feel like I'm about to cough up a lung after 5 minutes.

I haven't reached the point yet of being comfortable with any of the moves, though. I still have the newbie hesitation with anything more complicated than a straight hop on or off. And I absolutely can't 180 from a boardslide to lipslide or vise-versa yet. I think that just needs more work to get my balance better.
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2011-07-10 Balance Beam work

Posted 07-10-2011 at 11:10 PM by Donutz (This Side Up)

Well, I finally got onto the balance beam this weekend. Twice. That's definitely hard work. I'm falling a lot, but fortunately it's not hurting. The great thing is that this is showing me that falling down doesn't mean immediate hospitalization. Hopefully I'll be desensitized to the fear by the time the season hits.

I'm doing 180's on and off, frontside and backside, but only succeeding about 50%. Also, my boardslide and lipslide positions tend to not be very balanced. I even slid...
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2011-06-27 Grrrrrrrrr!

Posted 06-27-2011 at 02:16 PM by Donutz (This Side Up)

so yeah, I got over the pulled muscle (ice is our friend) only to come down with possibly the worst cold I've ever had. Unbe-fucking-lievable. These are the times when I feel like Daffy Hood.

Hopefully next weekend I'll feel well enough to get back on the horse.
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First day on balance beam

Posted 06-20-2011 at 04:15 PM by Donutz (This Side Up)

I finally tried out the balance beam yesterday. I put the old Fives back on the Ride, set everything up, and gave it a try. I was pretty tentative the first few times -- I think I have this image of trying it and breaking both shins or something. Anyway, it went pretty well. I mastered jumping on and off the beam in a few minutes, was doing 180s on the beam within 10, and hopping back and forth between nose and tail presses in a few more. Took a little more time to start 180'ing on and off. Not...
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