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10-29-2012, 09:08 AM
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Jarick
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Now that I've had some coffee...

I started out able to skate forwards and backwards after a 10-year layoff (wasn't ever any good as a kid). I could kind of stop on one side, not very well.

It took maybe 5-6 skates before I could stop on both sides and get more comfortable.

Probably 10-15 skates before I was comfortable doing forward crossovers.

After maybe 30-40 skates I took some skating classes and that helped out with backwards crossovers, turns, transitions, etc.

After six years, I pretty much feel like I'm an okay skater, but not that great. I lack speed and am not always confident with my edges. I can't take tight power turns and usually avoid backwards crossovers in game situations. I really don't get much opportunity to practice anymore...

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