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 8 years since I got back on the ice. I have not competed since 2016 , but my blog is still going. My YouTube channel has over 1600 subscribers. That’s just crazy!

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Choreography Part IV

 After taking 5 days off ice - it’s that Bambi feeling again.  Trying to get my legs under me with confidence.  My lesson today was to pick up where we left off and make a few changes to what was previously choreographed.  I’m skating too slow to put the right EM-PHA-SIS on the right SYL-LAB-LE.


Thursday, March 25, 2021

Day 4 on Ice

This was my fourth day in a row skating this week- For most skaters this is the norm. For me it’s probably too much. We had a short lesson but made some progress on both dances.


Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Wednesday Practice Only

 I got to have my Wednesday lesson on Monday this week so today was just practice.  Badly needed practice however skating 3 days in a row... soon to be 4 tomorrow... is taking it’s toll on my 61 year old joints and muscles.

Today I tried to mostly focus on skating elements.  Stroking, edges, foot work, twizzles and I spent a few minutes attempting some spins as a need one for the end of my Free Dance... whew.  Those spins did me in.  I am out of practice.  I was not centered and really dizzy following the first one.  Once you get spin sick .. there is no recovering!


Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Monday Lesson and Tuesday Practice

 Monday I had a lesson instead of Wed due to a cancellation.  We did part IV of our choreography on the Free Dance.  As frustrating as it is to not be able to execute these moves to perfection.. it is the most fun process of learning a new program.  My coach Naomi is AMAZING.  She just thinks of these steps right off the top of her head.

Tuesday - is my normal golf day but my thumb sprain is keeping me from any sports with clubs or racquets in my left hand.

Ice Cafe with Grant ... Best ever!

 Beautiful music today and great edge class.


Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Choreo Part III

 Wednesday lesson:  Part III of my Solo Free Dance choreography.  As usual I am a slow learner when it comes to steps, movement and arms.  It’s like dyslexia on ice!

Monday, March 15, 2021

Blue Jean Monday

 Skating at Gilbert today because I forgot to book my regular ice time by the deadline Sunday!

Decided to go casual Monday denim ... it felt pretty awkward!

I spared you the ice dance practice and the majority of the session I endlessly worked on waltz 3 turns.

I wonder if I will ever get them right.

Friday, March 12, 2021

Fun Fridays @ Gilbert

Turns out I am getting extra ice time since I injured my thumb.  While lacing up is difficult - skating itself doesn’t require much use of my left thumb.  I’m using added caution so I can try to avoid the falls.


Thursday, March 11, 2021

Thursday Ice Cafe and Partnering Lesson

 Skating with a sprained thumb - unable to properly lace up snugly.  I did the best I could today.