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.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Summertime Skating Woes

Summer is usually difficult for adult skaters.  Where I live we have limited public ice that is not good for freestyle skating.  I try to hit 1-2 free style sessions a week - when I am home.  This year it seems I have been off the ice much more.

So far I have only skated 2 times since July 7.  I've just returned from another 9 days away. As you can imagine, most of the session was spent trying to "feel the ice" again.


Friday, July 21, 2017

Last Coffee Club of the Summer

This is our final Adult Drop In Coffee Club of the summer.  We will resume on September 15th back on rink #1 at 9:00 am.  Today we just had 3 skaters for our last class, but it was fun.  Stephanie Krupke-Parkinson is just a joy to skate with.


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Summer Madness

We have both been going in opposite directions for the last three weeks. We finally got a chance to skate today.  I rolled my ankle playing golf on July 2, so I am skating  very cautiously..  balking at a lot of my jumps.  Wait - who am I trying to kid? I've been balking at my jumps for quite a while -- ankle or no ankle!!!!

 We had a great time skating today and some things worked miraculously well considering ....

 We also had the privilege of meeting another adult skater.. I believe her name is Miriam (sp?) from Tri-Cities...  an absolutely amazing skater still doing double jumps  after a 25 year hiatus!  She was working on her standard track Junior moves in the field … Wow !




Friday, June 23, 2017

Coffee Club June 23, 2017 ...Privé

Normally I would never complain about private ice time, but in this case I was sorry.  Only 2 of us showed up for Adult Drop In Coffee Club today.   It's summertime and today was beautiful out.  Some of our regular attendees have moved away for the summer and one moved to Sweeden!  One went to Missoula to take a MIF test .. (I'll let him off the hook!) Another got a job and as for the rest.... the jury is out.

I have worked so hard to make this coffee club a reality and I don't want to lose it.  I hope I can get some more skaters to show up next week.  We have a guest coach coming up from McCall Idaho!

So Hank and I were the only ones who skated.  We had Stephanie Krupke-Parkinson all to ourselves, which was both fun and interesting since Stephanie is not a pairs coach!  We worked on crossovers, Waltz jumps and Toe Loops.  We were introduced to the Toe Walley.  Basically a Toe Loop with a different entry.  I have never been able to do one - nor have I tried.  I think I am going to try to learn to do one this way.  According to Stephanie you can get more spring from it.  We also worked on getting our sit spins lower.  I found out today that Hank can actually squat all the way down.  On the video I have a typo... I said "He can't get all the way down" and I meant to say "He CAN get all the way down"! ... now we just have to incorporate that squat into a spin!


Friday, June 16, 2017

Coffee Club June 16, 2017

Stephanie Krupke-Parkinson guest coached the adults at coffee club Friday morning.  We are now on the summer schedule at the rink and are on rink #2 at at new time 9:30 to 10:30.

Stephanie has been skating over 25 years.  Starting as a freestyle skater and competing through Novice level and now she is coaching both freestyle and hockey and power skating.

Everyone enjoyed her 30 minute class.  Most of us were drinking water and tired at the end!


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

It's Been A While ...

4 weeks to be exact .. since Hank and I last had some pairs practice in.  Longer .. if you consider we have not been working on things other than what we were doing in the show since mid April.

We had an enjoyable practice .. one out-of-nowhere fall and a successful Axel lift.  Considering I put on about 10 lbs from careless eating and not skating much .. I can't complain!


Friday, June 9, 2017

I Have Not Vanished From The Ice

.... I have been super busy.  After our ice show - I was drained.  The pressure of co-producing a show and trying to make it successful while trying to make everyone happy was a task I am not cut out for!

Following the show we had a weekend at a car show and then a vacation in Yellowstone.  All fun but alas, no skating.  I even missed out on a local competition that some of my friends participated in.

Hopefully for the rest of June - I will be skating with more regularity.

Today I am posting 2 videos from Coffee Club.  The first is from the group lesson and the second is me ... trying to get my legs back under me.  (Notice the lack of jumping and spinning!)


Friday, May 19, 2017

Adult Drop In Coffee Club 5/19/17

Kim Ferraro-Severson was our guest coach for the second time.
She had us doing Waltz Jumps, Toe Loops, Scratch Spins and even Catch Foot Spirals
.....nobody fell - great lesson!


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Ice Show Complete

Sorry everyone.  As co-producer + skater of the ice show at our rink, I have not had the time to be posting any videos of practice.

Hank and I finally got on the ice today to try a few things.  We are rusty for sure and I for one am really fatigued from not doing much in the ice show - skating wise.