Do you suppose I could get that Aussie mom to serve me up some Ovaltine to help me with skating backwards? I sincerely believe that the harder I try to go in reverse, the tougher it gets -- just like the ad says.
Going forward on skates has been tough enough. Had I not been getting my skates tweaked at Monday's practice when Raven made us show off a skating talent, I would have just skated in the forward motion without falling -- that is about as talented as I get these days! I'm even making (very slight) progress going forward in the clockwise direction, but this whole backwards thing is just gibberish to my feet and hips.
I don't remember if we did any backwards skating at tryouts, but at our very first practice we did a little bit of it and I remember just being immobilized, stuck at the far end of the Palladium, while everyone else had made it back to the line. Liv N. LetDie took pity on my cement-footed self and basically pushed me all the way back to the line. Since then we have done some backwards skating at practices. I usually can only go about two feet, while everyone else does about ten laps.
A lot of people have tried to help me with this skating hurdle. FM Kellie gave me some personal instruction at one of those Friday night Open Skates back in early August. She told me to focus on how I was using my toes in the propulsion motion. That seemed like a good plan back then, when I did not have chronic foot pain on the top of my right foot. Cinzilla and Mildred Fierce tried to help at a Saturday Open Skate and instructed me to do some sort of back wheel foot lift, but I can never seem to remember the exact mechanics of that motion during practices.
So tonight Charlie made us do a lot of backwards skating. Maybe I made it more than two feet tonight, but not by much. Charlie showed me how to use my hips and how to carve my foot and it made perfect sense when watching her fluid movements, but when trying to apply these to my FrankenSkate body, I just floundered.
But at least now I have a bunch of things to work with at the next Open Skate. Maybe I'll just try and skate backwards the entire time. That will be super boring and very frustrating, but I need to just focus and figure this thing out. There has to come a time when the harder I try, the easier it will be, right?
Now where's that Ovaltine?