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!

Friday, September 21, 2018

I Must Have Alititude Sickness

So I am here in Lake Tahoe enjoying a beautiful fall vacation.  Kayaking, hiking, golfing and today I even got to skate for an hour at a public session at South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena.

I always wanted to skate here.  They have a great adult skating camp every May and I just haven’t made it here yet.

I had the ice entirely to myself.  They asked me what music I wanted to play or if I just wanted to plug in my own during the empty pubic session.  So nice.

Stupidly I set the camera on the boards facing the wrong way and I can only see a few glimpses of my skating in the reflection of the glass panal when I happen to pass by it .. doing something.  Oh well.  I will be back in 2 weeks and hopefully remember to turn the camera in the right direction.


Wednesday, September 12, 2018

For Old Times Sake

I got to skate with Hank a bit during and after coffee club.  We couldn’t do much, but it was fun trying.  At least we didn’t fall down!


Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Easing My Way Back On The Ice - Dance Lesson

Well - I’m back.  Sort of.  Skated a few times in the past 2 weeks.  I have a lot of lost muscle memory and a pair of really sore feet.  My boots really hurt after a long summer and travel season in flip flops and my arches are barking from how unfamiliar it feels to wear my boots.

That aside this week two great things happened.

1. Adult Drop In Coffee Club restarted with a new regular coach - which will free me from needing to be there each week and the worry of trying to find a coach each week.  Plus our rink is going to let the Coffee Club skaters stay for free on the public session right afterward.

2. I had my first ice dance lesson with Kendall Tupper-LeClaire.  She is our rinks’ only ice dance coach and she left a few years ago to take a break and start a family.  I’m so excited that she is back (even if only part time) as I felt I just could not make any headway with ice dance without a regular coach.

So here’s a few snippets of both!

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

So Hard To Get Back On The Ice

Forced myself to attend a public session after (?) months off the ice.  I managed not to fall, but my joints hurt and my feet were so sore and cramping up in my boots ...


Friday, June 1, 2018

2nd Attempt to Skate after a Long Break ..

At today’s coffee club ... It was all I could do to just stay on my blades.  Nothing felt right, nothing really worked.  It’s going to be a long road back to being in any kind of skating fitness.


Friday, May 11, 2018

...... I’m Back on Solid Ground ... and Ice

Had an amazing vacay with hubby to Hawaii, across the Pacific, down the coast of Mexico and Central America, through the Panama Canal and even a stop in the port of Havana, Cuba.  Price of all that .... and a camping trip for our anniversary on the heels of the cruise..... 1 1/2 months without skating.

That is the longest break I have had since I got back on the ice at age 52 (I’m now 58).

First impressions:  RINKS ARE COLD
Second impression:  MY FEET HURT
Third impression: THIS FEELS WEIRD AND UNNATURAL

But ... the hour went well.  I vowed not to fall and I tried everything I felt I could handle for day 1.

I feel good about it.


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

10 Minutes of Freestyle!

I had my last lesson today ... for a few months.  Taking time off the ice to travel.
Got in a little freestyle at the end of my MIF lesson.  Had to psych myself out to work on my jumps!


Friday, February 23, 2018

Adult Drop In Coffee Club 2-23-18 with Heather Martin

We had such fun today with a nice 3 boy 3 girl split on skaters.  Flocking was the order of the day!
Heather does an amazing job of getting everyone doing something .. together .. in 30 minutes!  And the catch-up pinwheel at the end was a 1st for me!


Friday Lesson MIF

Good lesson with Randy Clark today on MIF.  We are going with my preferred foot position on the double three turns  - I watched a test yesterday and got convinced I need to do what’s comfortable.  Putting the foot in front going from LBI to LFO was not happening without doubling me over.  No matter how hard I tried I could not get the weight over my blade with the foot in front.  And a surprise at the end of a short 15-20 minute lesson was him asking me to demonstrate my backspin.
What?  Ok... happy to get off moves for 5 minutes.  I need to be softer in the skating knee and close my hips ... )(*^&*&% damn hips ... a problem everywhere!