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!

Saturday, January 13, 2018

A Good Start to the New Year

With no competition looming this year (so far) I am free to just regain some lost skills and conditioning.

 Due to a snowstorm there was nobody on the ice with me and I just put on whatever music I wanted to for the entire time!  La La Land is one of my favorite new soundtracks.  From the moment I saw the movie I wanted to skate to it, but one of our more senior young skaters in our club had already chosen it for her skating season and it's kind of frowned upon to have the same music within in the club for two different skaters.  Even if I'm an adult and she is standard track ... it's kind of hard on the ears to have too much La La Land!

Now that the season is over - and I don't plan on competing any time soon, I am toying with the idea of using it for pairs.  First I would have to talk my pairs partner into it!

It made a fun background for my practice today.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Good Friday!

... and after the freestyle session there was Coffee Club!

Our coach Johnnie Bevan got the lesson time confused so he arrived late, in street shoes!
He still came down to the ringside and even stepped onto the ice to give us our lesson in shoes!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Happy New Year 2018 - Resolutions and Goals.

Life is good.  This past year has been full of adventure for me.  Hubby retired in November of 2016 so most of 2017 was spent enjoying our new full time life together!  Prior to his retirement he was away from home 1/2 the month flying for Fedex.

Along with lots of traveling and fun in 2017 - came a lot more meals, eating out and a lot less skating. Sadly I gained back every pound I lost when I first started to skate pairs with Hank.  We did not compete whatsoever in 2017 - only a Holiday pairs program in December which we prepared without our regular coach in a little over 2 weeks time.

My new life (post husband retirement) is going to limit my ability to skate at Adult Nationals once again in 2018.  We planned a big cruise at the end of March which takes up all of April as well.  While we were on vacation in Mexico during Christmas I did a lot of thinking about how to get back on the ice and feel some sense of accomplishment and goal setting for the coming year.

Obviously - weight loss is at the top of my goals.  At 145 lbs I make a terrible pairs partner.  My landing knee which is already 98% without cartilage really feels it when I try to jump with that extra weight.  The throw jumps put more pressure on the landing knee than my singles jumps.  Lifts are next to impossible.  Not just for poor Hank, but my upper body strength can’t handle supporting my own weight in the Axel lift - You get the picture.

Going for the gold this year.  Not atop a podium, but I hope to pass the Adult Gold Moves in the Field test.  I think if I put everything into it, I may be able to attempt a test session on March 2, 2018.

Other goals I have in mind for 2018 are to do the next set of Bronze Ice Dances (The Hickory Hoedown, The Willow Waltz and the Ten Fox.  Yet without an ice dance coach this will be difficult.

In pairs - I would like to make some sort of progress with our skating.  Perhaps we can compete at the ISU competition in Vancouver if they have it again this September.  I will be here for Pacific Coast Adult Sectionals in March, but I don’t see the reason to go through that if I am not going to Nationals.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Last Coffee Club of 2017

Small but fun group on December 22.  Our last Adult drop in coffee club of 2017 with Valerie Anderson.  Everyone seemed like they weren’t into the lesson today (except me!) but we had fun.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Coffee Club fun with Power Pulls

Kimmi Jeffers, one of newest coaches at Lilac City Figure Skating Club coached a small but eager group of skaters in coffee club today.

We did some really fun (and tiring) exercises with edges and hockey pushes and worked on forward and backward power pulls and integrating them with cross steps.

Great fun - great lesson

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Chrismtas Program Last Lesson/Run

Ok, first the excuses.

1. This program was put together in 2 weeks.
2. We are not skating more than 1-2 times a week
3. We are not in skating shape (mostly me)

Given all that... here’s the full run of a very short and very lightly choreographed number.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Adult Drop In Coffee Club with Randy Clark

Randy Clark is one of our senior coaches at Lilac City Figure Skating Club.  We were delighted to have him come work with the adult drop in skaters today.

Randy worked with us on better technique for crossovers, deeper edge control, Mohawks even Choctaws and Twizzles!

Friday, December 1, 2017

Coffee Club 12-1-2017

Kim Ferraro-Severson guest coaches coffee club today.

Small group but fun lesson on deep knee bend crossovers, crossovers with push aways and backspins.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

A Little Pairs

This is really unbelievable.  Hank and I never get to skate any more and now we are committed to doing a holiday program in two weeks.  We have not really choreographed any of it.  New music.  Our coach Chris Anders is leaving town to perform in a holiday show in Atlanta... so we are going to have to find another coach to help throw this thing together in a hurry.

Quick 30  minutes with Hank and then 30 with our pairs coach.

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!