Wednesday, December 20, 2006

1st Boosts!

Well, I gave in today. Just couldn't take anymore studying without some sort of fun sports. Since the rivers are still dry, that meant kiting. I headed out to Lake Como (by myself, unfortunately, so there's no pictures) and was treated to some great winds. I learned alot, including that falling on the ice doesn't feel very good. See, everything went fine and I was practicing little boosts in 8-10mph winds. No problem. Then, the wind picked up, the kite started pulling like crazy, and I decided it would be fun to try for some actual air. The good news is that its a totally awesome feeling carving upwind and feeling the kite loft you into the air. It's an even better feeling when you're up there. The bad news is that it's a way less cool feeling when you can't stick the landing and wind up directly on an elbow. Twice. So, while I have one very tender elbow, I am also the proud new owner of some very nice (but used) elbow pads I picked up on the way home from the lake. Live and learn.

Only one more final to go! Wish me luck.


Jill Oertel said...

Wow, I'm sure Kim is so proud. Why were you ice kiting without elbow pads in the first place? Some knee pads might not be a bad investment either. This has to be the most dangerous sport ever - please don't get Ben interested in this!

Nora said...

I went to Goodwill today and found a super deluxe set of Bauer elbow pads for a buck fifty...I think it's a sign.