It was just a typical evening of me scrolling through social media to find that Santa Clarita had a Roller Skating club so to speak. Skating Mammas of SCV My initial thoughts were that of oh my god I have got to do this and be part of this group. How did I not know through all the months of covid that this existed. As my husband sat beside me I said babe there is a roller skating club. These ladies just get together and roller skate together. He immediately replied you should do it! What......he was on board.....heck yes!!! Now, I had owned skates in the past, in fact they were sketchers. I loved that I had tennis shoe roller skates. Well with the husband on board I took a deep dive. I asked to join the group and I got in.....next, I asked what kind of skates I should purchase. The ladies all chimed in. In a matter of a few comments I knew exactly what brand skates I needed, along with gummy wheels or outdoor wheels, and the why or why not to certain skates. When I started to research, most of the skates suggessted were in the price range of $300-$400.....Wowza!!!! I mean I like to spend money, but really had to question, do I want to make that kind of investment? Is this something I would enjoy or do long term? And last but not least, how long before I hurt myself? I mean I am very active, however, as we get older the recovery seems to take a bit longer if you know what I mean. My husband Brandon, just kept asking day after day, have you bought your skates? Have you bought your skates and each day the same answer.....not yet!!!! With fear in my face. I had so many questions still, what about the fit, was there a brand just as good but cheaper....ugh the torture......I mean I never take that much time to research any kind of a purchase, I guess you could say I like to spend money. After a simple google search we found a local skate place in Northridge and the hubs loaded me up and took me there. I was able to ask all my questions and get fitted for skates, I found the cutest pair, in my favorite color and what I felt was a more reasonable price. I was also not the only middle aged woman there....whew.....thank goodness. We immediately came home and he decided lets take them for a spin, we will go on the paseos and I will jog beside you. Oh doesn't that sound like a dream? I could already see my life flashing before me as I skate down the bridge in Circle J Ranch, so I walked the first part of the way and then sat down and put the bad boys on. With a mom and her young daughter casually watching me, I come to the bottom of a little hill to enter the paseos and yes.....you guessed it......took a big ole spill with Brandon catching me. Laughing together he picked me up, I brushed myself off and she joked with me that she would be falling like that many times.......For me, it was only the one time. I started to skate along and like the ole saying goes, it was like riding a bike. The wind and sun in my face just skating down, a bit cautious at every break in the paseos wondering if the wheels would roll right on over, a little wobbly at times not trusting that they would roll right over divots, bumps or rocks, but they worked like a charm. So there we were my husband jogging and I just skating on down the paseos towards Magic Mountain parkway. Along the way I got some thumbs up, some kudos and a few smirks. I even passed a few younger kids with their skates on complimenting me on my gems. I acknowledged I would never skate like they were doing, but wow it was fun. I could feel my smart watch acknowledging I was doing an activity. It really did bring me back to my youth. I was carefree and fancy free, getting in some cardio, it was exercise with an element of fun. My feet would start to hurt, but then I quickly realized how tense I was, as soon as I eased up a bit on my pushing off for speed, it quickly went away just as fast as it started.
Wednesday could not come soon enought I was ready! I loaded up my gear and off I went to Central Park. A bit nervous as I pulled around to the basketball courts. I sat on a bench close by and strapped on my skates. There were lots of ladies just rolling through around the basketball courts. I jumped on and it really didn't take long for other to offer a hello, or the raise of the cheeks under our masks that I would assume was a smile. I began to notice things on other skates that I didn't have on mine. The ladies loved to give me a lesson, whenever someone was struggling there was someone right there to lend a bit of advice. The day was actually magical, most people that know me, I come from a team roping family. So, Wednesdays in the mornings are usually spent on my horse roping, but when days don't allow, I now have my pretty blue skates and off to the park I can go. I designated Wednesdays as Erika's day. Real Estate is a 24/7 job for me, so if I don't have anything booked with clients, then the day is all to myslef, to do what I please. I run my errands, maybe work on a few crafts, rope and now I can add roller skating. On Saturdays is the usual time that the ladies get together in the afternoon. They coordinate someone to save the courts, someone to bring the tunes and speakers and even someone to sweep the courts before hand. There is even someone that teachers a beginner class before the actual skate event works. Want to learn more about the Skating Mammas of SCV and be a part of the group, check out the upcoming events, here is the link to the Facebook group: Skatings Mammas of SCV Facebook link
I hope to see some of you on the courts and if we may not know each other, please just come up and say hello. I love making new friends. Also, this group is so much more than a few mammas, so here is what they have to say in the group: Although the group is skating mamas, they are all including, any age, any gender at birth, gender identity, gender expression, sexuality, everyone is welcome! You do not have to be a mom, know a mom or have a mom they welcome EVERYONE! It is required to wear a mask, even if you have had the vaccine. Most of the skaters are relearning, so you don’t have to feel scared, they are very supportive. They do suggest everyone wear protective gear, helmets, wrist guards, knee guards, elbow guards, butt pads and also a skate adjusting tool. Most of the gear can be bought on Amazon or at local Big 5, Dicks or Val Surf. It is good to warm up and do some strengthening exercises. Skating is harder than it looks. Before skating there are you tube vides you can watch. Some of the great ones are Dirty Deborah School of Skate and Estro Jenn from Moxi has some good one’s too. Kiddos are welcome but they need to skate with a guardian. You can search the group for recommendations on skates. Pro skaters suggest to adjust the trucks and wheels of your new skates, the factory shipped ones are tightened. Skate dates are posted under the “Events” tab at the top. Anyone can post a skate date, just pick a time and location. They also sell Skating Mamas apparel, lace wings and stickers with the profits being donated to a different charity each month.
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