During lesson last week, an older teenager--a tall male skater, bent over at the waist, skated hard as he could and head butted me in my back while I was skating backwards IN THE CENTER! I heard my coach cry out, and glanced over my shoulder so I just had a glimpse of him heading towards me when he hit. Fortunately, I reflexively dug a toepick in and my coach put her hand to my shoulder in the split second warning we had.
I, my coach, and another adult skater got right in his face and started all chewing him out
simultaneously. In that instant, I saw a faint realization on his face that he was
in trouble and he was off the ice in about 2 minutes with his friends.
Then during practice ice later that week, I was knocked over twice in 10 minutes by two different little kids who just skated right into me at max speed.
There are two things I want to comment on.
1. When I fell, coaches skated over to me instantly asking me forcefully, "Did you hit your head!" then they'd glance at the kid and ask casually, "you okay?" Do I get the extra attention because:
a. I'm the beloved adult recreational skater, or
b. They're afraid I'll snap like a twig.
2. Then when I tell the coaches I'm afraid I'll fall on the kids and squash them, the reaction is usually....
Yeah, that's an interesting attitude to have. What's with that?
Anyway, why me, oh Lord? Why am I the target of interest? Cause if you're testing me, Oh Lord, I want a panel of 6 USFS judges and a full sheet of ice all to my self.