I wanted to go practice heelflips this morning. Got out of bed a little earlier to give myself some time to do yoga and loosen up my back, which was in pain again. I wanted to walk and feed Maggie before going to skate, too.
When I took her outside I noticed the dampness of the weather. It looked cloudy but dry out the window, but when I stepped outside I could feel the mist in the air. Must’ve just started.
I decided I’d hurry down to the basketball court before the mist got it too wet. I fed Maggie and laced up my Vans. Said goodbye to Nia and walked out the door.
The mist was now a full-on rain shower. I sat in the driver’s seat of my car for a solid 60 seconds waiting for something, idk what.. the rain to just stop maybe?
I realized it wouldn’t, and I didn’t want to skate in the rain. Change of plans: garage session.
I hit the clicker and grabbed my stuff from the trunk, getting myself in the headspace of a garage session. I popped a couple ollies and it was loud.
Dang, “too loud” I thought. “Try one more”
Yea, loud. I tried to stay at the end of the garage that isn’t directly beneath the bed that Nia was sleeping in.
So it wasn’t much of a session. After popping a few ollies I rolled back and forth trying nose and tail manuals.
Then for some reason, I got the idea in my head to try a nollie. I landed one! All it took was some of the Braille practice steps and a few attempts before I got this one on film.
And here’s an ollie for reference.
I’ve been thinking about a September goal and I think I have it. I remember that day at the Windsor park, noticing how all the really talented skaters had their ollies on lock. I think I made some solid heelflip progress throughout August, and that was a testament to the work I did building up my ollie the month before.
So, I’m thinking this month will be another 1,000 ollies. Kinda boring, but I never said I couldn’t repeat a goal! This time I think the difference will be that I only count rolling attempts.
The purpose of this is to improve my overall skating ability. As I get more comfortable riding transition, I want to be able to pop ollies over features.
September Rolling Ollies: 0