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, November 3, 2017

Coffee Club Nov 3, 2017

Great lesson with Stephanie Krupke Parkinson.  Eight skaters today!  So much fun when we have a larger group.

I put in a few shout-outs to all the skaters today!  Hope I didn't miss anyone!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Pairs Lesson Halloween

 We are back to our regular Tuesday lesson day but haven’t had a chance to skate in between time.
 We’re basically doing whatever we can do while ease back into regular practice.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Lesson Two for Two

Hank and I are finally back to weekly lessons, but haven’t found the time to practice in between yet this season.  Good lesson today with Chris Anders. We worked on stroking transitions we should have learned long ago and some side by side jumps.  A class of LTS kids came on the ice and I had to take my camera down before we started to work on the spins and throws... next time.


Saturday, October 14, 2017

Coffee Club 10-13-17

Coffee club today with Valerie Anderson.  Valerie just moved to the area from Florida and she is our new LTS director at Lilac Figure Skating Club.


Friday, October 13, 2017

Pairs Lesson 101

Hank and I have not hardly skated all summer.  In addition we have not had a lesson in probably six months.. I’d have to check my calendar.  I’ve been skating 1-2 times a week lately, but not really exerting myself.  TodayI had a lesson and by the time we stroked to warm up, did a few exercises and tried some side by side jumps .. I started to feel really light headed and had to get off the ice.

Doc said it was probably low blood pressure and dehyradtion - along with being out of condition.
Hope I can claw my way out of this physical funk.


Friday, September 22, 2017

Pre Coffee Club Pairs Practice

Hank and I haven’t skated all summer.  Between our summer travels and clashing schedules this is our first practice in months.  We had about 20 minutes on coffee club ice before the group lesson.


Friday, September 15, 2017

Here's What's Left ...

.... after a summer of mostly traveling and eating.

It's going to take some real dedication to get any strength, stamina, flexibility and skill set back.
I have talked about this before.  For me .. without having to "answer" to anyone or anything (like a test date or competition looming) I tend to just wane off practice (is that a double negative?)

Tried some warm ups today, little jumps and a spin before coffee club.


Coffee Club Returns

We had a great start to coffee club with 2 coaches: Chris Anders and Lori Benton who gave us a great "edgy" class ...



Thursday, September 7, 2017

Back To Basics

A beautiful empty Olympic size ice arena .. all to myself.  What better time to practice the fundamentals of figure skating. All my basic skills are hurting right now.  I know I can improve them, but it takes days like these of endless practice to make any noticeable improvements.




Afterwards I tried a non-stop "run through" of the Gold MIF.  Mind you these are nowhere near passing level yet.  Sadly, the rink at EWU has lots of background noise so you can't hear my edges - so I just muted it and put some music on so you can pass the 8 minutes with a little Bolero!




Lastly I tried a couple passes at the Hickory Hoedown and the Willow Waltz...
Skated so slow on the HH I had to speed up the video to keep time with the music.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

12 Minutes of Agony On Ice

Ok subscribers .. don't yell at me for criticzing my skating.  It's my blog!  Ha ha.  I'm still posting even though my skills have deteriorated.  It's incredibly true that too much time off the ice makes the muscle memory go away!

I'm glad I got out there and I did my best to warm up some things I am planning to conquer this year. Gold Moves In The Field and Bronze Ice Dances!