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.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

1st Run Xmas Program

Nuf said.... it was our first run with music.  Stuff was forgotten and I pooped out at the end.

I did a little warm up on singles stuff before Hank got there.. wow... I need to get back to work on my singles skating:

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Pairs Christmas Program Progress

Had a lesson with my regular coach today for pairs. She helped us with a few suggestions about bigger crossovers and some choreography improvements.

First some off ice practice:

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

1st Day of Choreography for Pairs Christmas Program

Today we had a little more success off ice with the Axel lift but we left it alone on ice to work on our Christmas Program a month away.

These are the bare-bones-beginnings of it.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

More Lessons More Progress ...


The Axel lift and the Lutz lift are really giving us trouble.  We keep saying to each other "it's not you .. it's me" !!!  I am sure it's a little of both.  We are committed to getting it right.  I have seen ladies bigger than me get up there... so I know it can be done!  Also Hank is pretty tall.  Looks great on ice, but it actually seems to be harder to do the lifts.

Today we had some lessons both on and off ice.  We were both disappointed in our "performance" during the lessons.  Typical.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Lessons, Lessons, Lessons

Back from a short holiday -  A little jet lagged, but I showed up for practice early to work on music choice and off ice practice and lessons.

My two coaches collaborated today together to give us a great lesson.  We never seem to make any visible progress while we are in the middle of a lesson, but we take from it and work on it during the time between lessons.

Off ice we worked on the Axel Lift and Loop Lift.  We are getting closer to an Axel lift off ice, but we haven't gotten it up into position on ice yet.  The loop lift we just accomplished the other day needed fixing and it felt like we took a 1/2 step backwards before we fix that and move forward.

On ice .... with two coaches watching us we worked on fixing some of the things plaguing us.  We put some different arm positions into our side by side jumps to up the ante and get us more in sync.  We were able to recognize the trouble with our throw loop and will continue to work on it on our own.

We got a little frustrated working on the lifts today, but we will take away from the lesson and hopefully put it to use on Thursday at our next lesson.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

First Loop Lift

 We had a regular practice working a little bit on our sequences and change of edge pair spirals and I am happy to report we had our first successful on ice LOOP LIFT  with a turn!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Pairs Lesson....On and Off Ice

We had a lesson during a crowded session, but tried some new things and worked on the beginnings of our death spirals and did some off ice practice ..

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Trying Out A New Camera

My hubby got a GoPro type fish-eye camera.  I borrowed it to see if it has any advantages over the iPhone.  I think the iPhone takes better video and audio.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Another harness lesson

 I was so tired today. The first thing I told my coach was I didn't want to work on the Axel  so course with it we were gone… The Axel.  She knows that the mental game is 90% of my problems.

Monday, October 19, 2015