On The Edge... Again

The last time I skated regularly, you needed 2 pair of skates, a scribe and skated patch. Triple jumps were almost unheard of, so were Bielman spins. Twizzles were only done by ice dancers and Ronald Regan was just elected into office.


Fast Forward 32 years. Starting January 2, 2012, I am back on the ice doing something else that was unheard of .... Adult Figure Skating. We had "coffee club", which was like adult swim, but there was no opportunity for testing or competition.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Coffee Club with Lori Benton

Another fabulous coffee club with Lori Benton from McCall Figure Skating Club.


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Post Vacation Skating ! Pairs Lesson

Another pairs lesson today.  We had another 10 days off ice.  Do not try this at home... training involves training nearly every day and not skipping days and weeks at a time.  

Progress .... hmm. I wonder why we aren't making any?  The video say 2-20, but it was actually 2-21.


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Pairs Lift Breakthrough !!

We had a pairs breakthrough today. After more than a year of trying to get this lift up with a one foot take-off … Today it happened three times.  It's not the prettiest lift as I still have not been able to master getting my legs behind me but this is a great start to progress .


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Off and On..

... Ice that is. A few off ice lifts before getting on ice.
Practicing a Lutz Lift and Waist Lift with a fan kick out of a loop lift.
Later on the ice I found myself feeling ill. Light headed and dizzy so I quit in the middle of our lesson!


Friday, January 27, 2017

I'm Loving Our New Coffee Club

Week #3 for our coffee club.  We had 12 skaters today!!  Our guest coach was Chris Anders again...
Today after warming up we spent most of our lesson working on - and learning about TURNS.
I'm sure a few of the skaters today were learning about Brackets, Rockers and Counters for the first time.

Me? I know what they are but I cannot do any of them very well.  The Adult Gold MIF test has bracket turns on the test but I am nowhere near ready to take that test yet!


Thursday, January 26, 2017

Pairs Pracice 17.2

 I think I will refer to my practices this year like an app release version 17.2 equals second practice of 2017 !!  That's as clever as I can get today!

 Yesterday was our first practice in over a month with a lesson. Today we thought we would work a little harder and some of our jumps and throws and spins.



Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Happy Pairs New Year

The last time we skated was right before Christmas.. at least a month.  Between my vacation and Hanks we havn't seen each other in quite some time.  A bit out of practice and out of synch ... we had a pretty good lesson with our coach Chris Anders.

Goals for 2017:  Work on our pairs skills -better stroking, tracking, deeper edges, learn some new tricks.  No competition for this year planned.


Friday, January 13, 2017

Adult Drop In Coffee Club

After attending a few "coffee clubs" in other cities I really wanted to start one at our rink.  The dilemma was whether to have it be part of our figure skating club or a rink function.  After weighing all the options I decided that making it a rink function would allow more new adult skaters to get their feet wet... or cold.   Hopefully some of our new adult skaters will be inspired to take more lessons and join our figure skating club as a result.  First things first...: To have the experience of skating with adult peers and getting a group lesson to boot.

My rink has allowed me to use an hour of normally unused ice as a Drop-In Adult Coffee Club.
The rink also offers Drop In Hockey so they decided it was only fair to offer a similar drop in for figure skaters.  (We have no rules about what type of skates you put on your feet - just no pucks or sticks and the lessons are geared toward figure skating)

I am so excited to have been instrumental in getting this started and I hope it's a big success.  Through just word of mouth and Facebook we scrounged up 10 adults at our first session Friday Jan 13, 2017.


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Happy New Year 2017

This year starts my 5th year "back" on the ice as an adult skater.  I don't know what I expected when I started.  In some ways I am disappointed in what I have NOT accomplished.  On the other hand, I am very grateful and proud of the things that I HAVE done.

I never expected to be skating pairs.  I never expected to be learning or want to learn how to ice dance.  I wish I were winning the race against time with respect to my body and physical limitations.
DON' WE ALL?

Hope everyone had a great holiday.  We got away to warmer weather.  Had 10 days in Cabo & San José Del Cabo.  Unfortunately I got a nasty bacterial intestinal infection that landed me in the hospital for 2 days.  That was just a week ago that I got out!

So I am grateful to be home and feeling much better.  Today was my first attempt at getting on the ice since Dec 21.  I was weak and shakey so out of form and balance, but all things considered, it didn't go too badly.