The makers of Mondo Turf NAILED the feeling of real grass: soft, lumpy, and uneven. Instead of having padding underneath the actual turf, the turf fibers are much longer, and sand and then ground up rubber are worked down into the fibers on top of the mat that the fibers come out of. The fill is squishy and uneven, just like real ground, and the rubber granules are loose. I ended up with about a dozen of the granules in my shoes after a 1:10 solo session.
I’m not sure I like it, but I’m not sure I don’t like it either. I’m going back for more next week. It seems like I kinda packed down and evened out the one spot I kicked in the most. I expect the turf filling will settle in a bit; it might get better. It wasn’t bad enough that I felt in any danger of rolling an ankle or anything like that, and… it’s still much gentler on my body than concrete!
I know awesome cats like Peter Irish can jam on lumpy, uneven ground without any apparent problems, but I can’t. I was struggling to keep add strings together. Still having a ton of fun, though! And I couldn’t resist getting a little silly with the video this week.
Fatboy Slim ruled the rally roost again tonight, and my new iPod Touch shuffle-delivered my favorite kicking tune: Weapon of Choice. Christopher Walken is just so cool in that video! I wish I could choreograph my freestyle more like the moves he does in the video. Maybe someday.
Next week, I’m planning on another session at Stankowski Field. I think I’ll get used to the surface, or it will get used to me. Then, the following week is a special treat: a trip to Chicago to kick with The High Enlightener Scott Davidson! The day I stop kicking, I think he will be able to claim the title of oldest regularly practicing freestyler. And with an add-ratio-to-age ratio that I can’t touch. I’m going to deny him that title as long as I can!
BTW – 30:40 For the year so far. Thanks for tuning in!