RonO (rono_60103) wrote,

Learn to Curl

Over two years ago, specifically during or right after the 2010 Winter Olympics, I found Curl San Diego online and discovered that they regularly sponsor “Learn to Curl” sessions.  At that time, I was still recovering from Thyroid surgery, preparing to undergo radiation treatment, and had recently been diagnosed with a hernia.  So, it wasn’t the time to go to one of these sessions.

Over the intervening two years, I’ve periodically gotten emails from them but once I was healthy enough to consider, I kept not seeing the ones announcing the Learn to Curl sessions, until about a month ago.  So, after confirming that the date, May 19th, didn’t conflict with any other commitments (at least not at that time), I signed up.

So, last night I attended my Learn to Curl session.  As I expected, it was largely a class on the basics: throwing the stone, sweeping and a bit on getting and reading The Skip’s signals.  After about an hour of practice, the training squads (7 new players and an instructor) pared up and did some eight-player scrimmages (8 players means that everyone throws one stone per end, not the normal two).

Short answer: I had a very good time.  If (when) I do this again – probably a regular pick-up game – I will probably think about bracing my knees and right wrist.  But I came home with none of the three problem joints complaining.  Well, my right knee wasn’t happy that it was wet since I dragged it on the ice nearly every throw.

I was far from perfect.  I ended up falling down after releasing the stone on nearly every throw.  I was often chasing the stone when sweeping, And I always seemed to throw the stone either too hard or not hard enough – yet it seemed to me that I was throwing it about as hard each time.

I’ll also have to admit, it is kind of fun to realize that in May, in Escondido California, I could participate in a winter sport most popular in Canada.


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