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, 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!


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Tuesday Lesson Pair-ody

Our session was a little crowded so I had to improvise with my camera placement.. it didn’t work out too well today.   On the positive side, we learned a new sequence today (the steps at least) and are working on a new pair spin position,


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

A Pair of Aging Adults!

I am just struggling on all aspects of my skating—- trying hard not to throw in the towel


Monday, February 12, 2018

Monday Freestyle

I headed to the rink to work on moves in the field - which I did.  But at the end of the session I wanted to “feel good” about something .. so I spend about 15 minutes trying to do a few spins and jumps.


Friday, February 9, 2018

Going For Gold

Working on the Gold MIF is going to be a longer process than I anticipated when I started this year.  I really don’t want to fail the test when I take it.  Thus far, I have not failed a test so I will continue to work on these moves until I am good and ready.  Today was my first lesson with my new coach Randy Clark on the power circles and the brackets in the field.