Monday, March 25, 2019

45 | 45 | 45 Challenge: UPDATE 2

Today is March 26th. I still have not been back to the ramp since the first session on March 3rd. There have been a few set-backs which have prevented me from getting over to the ramp.

First, was a major snow storm that took place on March 4th or 5th. Can’t remember the exact date. I shoveled the ramp out on March 6th.

But then then melt-off caused one corner of the flat bottom to flood-out pretty bad. It wasn’t skateable until ALL the snow and water was 100% gone. That took awhile.   

Second, my car died its final death. I am junking it next week. While I can still take public transportation over to the ramp, it just takes longer and requires more planning/time to make it happen.

Third was a this knee injury sustained on March 9th. That had me out for a week or so.

Fourth was this 9 alarm fire that took place on March 15th next to the subway station near the ramp. The station was closed down, and they were running shuttle buses for a few days, which would make the public transportation trip even more cumbersome. As of now, subway service has been restored, but it was out on a few days when I wanted to head over there (right after knee healed-up).  

Firth, and most recent is a fuckin’ kidney stone which hit on March 19th. I am getting it surgically removed on March 28th, but it’s had me out of commission for over a week now. I wouldn’t wish a kidney stone on my worst enemy.

All this said, I am still confident I can meet this challenge. Assuming no other catastrophe hits after the kidney stone comes out, I can hopefully get in a few sessions before my 45th birthday on April 17.  I did 35 trick on the first sessions, so I only need 10 more to make 45. I feel good about that. 

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

45 | 45 | 45 Challenge: UPDATE 1

I wanted to kick this off on March 1st, but it snowed. I managed to get over to the ramp on March 3rd.  It’s bern several months since I skated there, and my goal was to just get reacquainted with the ramp. I’ll be honest, it still scares me a bit, especially when I’m not skating it on the regular. So, I was hoping to just get comfortable with some real basic tricks during that session. Well, things went much better than expected. I hit 35 different tricks before I had to leave for work. That gives me about six weeks to get 10 more. I’m pretty confident I can do that.

The caveat is my car died on the way home. Like, really died. Getting over to that ramp will take a much longer trip but on public transportation. I’m not sure how often I’ll now be able to get over there. It also snowed 17” yesterday. So, we have a few complications to deal with.