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!

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Borrowed Ice ... in Fairfax VA

I’m here in Virginia visiting my son and grandson  for Thanksgiving.  Had some free time today so I signed up online for a 45 minute freestyle session at 10:15 am at the Fairfax Ice Arena.

I was fortunate there were only 2 other skaters on the ice.  Nice rink.  Soft ice and with a little overhead heat too.  Wish I had skated better.  I’m working on ice dance a lot but I don’t usually record that ... it’s so far away and the corners get missed. (Plus I am not looking too good!)


Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Coffee Club and Ice Dance Lesson

Today I started with coffe club with coach Kim. then stayed for public session with Hank (previous post) and skated part of a club session for an ice dance lesson.  We worked on the Willow Waltz today.


He’s Back ... for a Surprise Practice!

After coffee club Hank showed up to skate public session.  He probably wasn’t counting on me being there .. but he was sweet to oblige me and skate together!  He told me he has only skated 2 times since April.  Not bad.  I felt terrible while I was skating, but I think we did ok for not skating together for months.


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Something Old, Something New

Started the day with Coffee Club.  Sadly only two of us showed up.  I hope attendance improves or we will lose this great program.  I felt pretty wobbly after being away for another 3 weeks from home ice.  I did get to skate a couple of times in Tahoe . But there’s no place like “home ice”.  So I brought my scribe and decided to stay quiet and practice some figures during coffee club.

Later that day I returned to the rink for my ice dance lesson with Kendall Tupper LeClaire.  We are working on lots of basics.  Warm up patterns, edges (dance style) and a little pattern work for the Hickory Hoedown.









Wednesday, October 3, 2018

I Have Aclimated!

Back for our second week in Tahoe.  My 59th birthday was Wednesday Oct 3.  Today was the first day we saw clouds and rain .. and hail!  But I managed to squeeze in another hour at the South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena for a short skate doing the thing I love most - on my birthday!  Happy Birthday to me!

Wish I had skated better.  I was more out of breath than I was the first time I was here.  I spent most of the hour doing edges, swing rolls, practicing the dance exercises my dance coach gave me and trying to do the Hickory Hoedown alone (ps I am not a solo ice dancer) .... as always I break out into freestyle cause I get bored doing the ice dancing .. (I hope that changes someday).


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.