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Old August 14th, 2017, 04:45 PM   #1
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Default Fast recovery saved my ass...

Really!
Early on the road just concentrating on form and this rock decides to stop my rolling skate at the most inopportune moment-just as you are almost transferring to your just recovered skate.
Thought I was going down- but I was able to drop very low and let the stopped skate extend way behind me.
Whew! That was really close. But it worked.
Thoroughly sanded the sides of all four wheels. Better them than me!

So, the lesson here is- don't linger on getting your recovery skate back under your center of mass. It will save you.
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Old August 15th, 2017, 07:09 AM   #2
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Good save! Yep, so fast, it almost seems automatic. In a fraction of a second you go from calm to panicked, and snap the other skate into place. Remarkable. Did you feel your heart pounding in your throat? I donít usually think that fast, so Iím guessing a primitive part of the brain has taken control of the situation, like maybe a preservation instinct. Ha! Many times itís gone the other way, and I end up doing a bounce-n-roll on the concrete.

TOP TEN LIST OF WHEEL-STOPPERS No.1: Rocks!!! Especially the angular aggregate rock that is used in concrete.

Also-ran: wood chips, thick sand/dirt, broken glass, acorns, fruit pits, expansion joints, cracks, thick plastic/metal bits of unknown origin, bottle caps.
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Old August 15th, 2017, 02:29 PM   #3
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Good save! Yep, so fast, it almost seems automatic. In a fraction of a second you go from calm to panicked, and snap the other skate into place. Remarkable. Did you feel your heart pounding in your throat? I donít usually think that fast, so Iím guessing a primitive part of the brain has taken control of the situation, like maybe a preservation instinct. Ha! Many times itís gone the other way, and I end up doing a bounce-n-roll on the concrete.

TOP TEN LIST OF WHEEL-STOPPERS No.1: Rocks!!! Especially the angular aggregate rock that is used in concrete.

Also-ran: wood chips, thick sand/dirt, broken glass, acorns, fruit pits, expansion joints, cracks, thick plastic/metal bits of unknown origin, bottle caps.
Don't forget tar cracks!
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Old August 15th, 2017, 03:30 PM   #4
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Ran over, no into, a jacaranda pod at almost zero mph. Stopped dead and straight armed the ground. Not good for shoulders.
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Old August 22nd, 2017, 06:35 PM   #5
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My collar bone still remembers and shrugs whenever i pass by that tar filled gap between concrete slabs on my usual course... 17 years ago
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