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.


It has now been 5 years since I got back on the ice. My blog is still going. My YouTube channel has over 1000 subscribers. That’s just crazy!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

A Pair of Aging Adults!

I am just struggling on all aspects of my skating—- trying hard not to throw in the towel


Monday, February 12, 2018

Monday Freestyle

I headed to the rink to work on moves in the field - which I did.  But at the end of the session I wanted to “feel good” about something .. so I spend about 15 minutes trying to do a few spins and jumps.


Friday, February 9, 2018

Going For Gold

Working on the Gold MIF is going to be a longer process than I anticipated when I started this year.  I really don’t want to fail the test when I take it.  Thus far, I have not failed a test so I will continue to work on these moves until I am good and ready.  Today was my first lesson with my new coach Randy Clark on the power circles and the brackets in the field.


Coffee Club with Randy Clark

Nothing makes me happier than to see 10 grown adults on a sheet of ice enjoying themselves and trying to improve their skills.  We had a great session today with 10 skaters including a newcomer who is just learning to skate and 3 skaters from Coeur d’ alene who came to skate with us AFTER skating their early morning session at their rink.

Randy Clark was our guest coach.  He is my new personal coach as well and while I have to say it’s always an adjustment getting used to each other, new styles and techniques, etc.  I think I will make some progress if I stick to it.



Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Pairs Lesson ..

Meh....   I wish this showed more progress than remedial skating....


Friday, February 2, 2018

Three Turn Hell

Another lesson with my new coach Randy Clark.  I feel like I am in THREE TURN HELL.
I have done this pattern and thought.. oh I can clean this up in no time.  NOT.

I am relearning how to do my edges and three turns.  Hopefully when I am done it will have some effect on my jump entries as well.


Monday, January 29, 2018

Ice Dance Lessons with Chris Obzansky

I had an opportunity to fly to Seattle and take 2 one hour lessons with Chris Obzansky.  We worked on all three of the Bronze Ice Dances.  Chris is a great coach.  Very easy to learn with .. patient and makes very good use of lesson time.  Can’t wait for the next lesson tomorrow.




And here is lesson #2


Friday, January 26, 2018

Busy Friday - Lesson - Pairs - Coffee Club

I’ll put these up as they are finished editing.

1) Short pairs practice on Coffee Club ice before the group lesson


2) Coffee Club

3) Lesson on Moves in the Field

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Three Turn Dilemma

It seems just about every aspect of my skating is going through a rocky period.  I’m not sure how to get back on track except to keep skating, taking lessons and following the advice of my coach.

I went out today alone to practice moves in the field but the three turn lesson I had last Friday has me over-thinking everything and feeling as though I am starting anew.

After a bit I just took off my skates and swapped them out for my figure skates - with figure blades to try and force myself to get on the edges while keeping on top of my blade.. You’ll see the result!


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Pairs ... Practice ... sort of

Hank and I had a short practice before a lesson .. which didn’t go so well today, so I didn’t capture it.
We are struggling to continue skating together for a myriad of reason right now.

Here’s what we did do...