I was going to say that it was about time I had a post in this blog titled “Parkour”, but it looks like I already do.
Wow, that post was 10 years ago. Now that I’ve learned* how to mountain bike, I can finally take up parkour.
It all started with a tweet:
I am so sore from doing cartwheels, handstands, and somersaults yesterday :D
— Aileen Chen (@aileenchen) March 14, 2016
The ensuing conversation led me to Athletic Playground this morning for a Parkour class. I loved the space, the people, the always-a-forgiving-landing-unless-you-really-screw-up equipment.
We warmed up, then learned how to do rolls and reverse vaults, followed by a mini circuit of obstacles.
I’d never done a roll before. Learning to do one was kind of an epiphany.
I had a ton of fun, learned a bunch, and got a great workout. Pretty sure I’ll be sore tomorrow (Monday). The mark of a successful weekend.
* Learning and mastering are two different things. Just like hockey, mountain biking continues to be a work in progress. It’s the room for improvement that makes it interesting.