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.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Getting Lazy on the Videos!!

I skated yesterday at the college rink EWU.  Beautiful soft ice - huge rink - but if anyone other than a free style skater is on the ice we can't do any free style.. that's the rules.

I tried to do part of my Silver Women III FS for next weeks competition.  Working on it helps my stamina but I don't plan to skate - unless there's a magic pill that will convince me to skate it -

The flying camel is really hard to control anytime but when I am breathless ... ugh.


Saturday, August 20, 2016

Saturday's Pairs Practice

Seriously folks.. 1 week before competition week.  To quote a famous skater ......

"Why Me" ??????


Friday, August 19, 2016

Not Quite Ready For Prime Time

I set my alarm for 4:45 am today so I could skate 2 sessions starting at 6:00 am.  I got on the ice at 6:15 and I was off the ice by 7:15.  Just not feeling the energy I so badly need to make this happen.  Made a decision.  It's ok to scratch if I don't feel up to it when I get there.  There.  I feel better already!


Friday, August 12, 2016

Preliminary Ice Dances COMPLETE (Passed the Rhythm Blues)

Here's a link to my test video from the Rhythm Blues Ice Dance Test.
Usually I just video from my phone but I decided to use Facebook Live and now I can't figure out how to extract it from there.

Tested August 12, 2016

Partner Mike Otis

Click here

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Trying to skate two sessions

 It's absolutely unimaginable to me how these kids can skate 3 to 4 sessions a day I honestly cannot recall ever having that much energy....   Maybe when I was 10 or 11 .

 First session working on my singles elements with the choreography lesson. We are still plugging away at this program which I am supposed to skate in about three weeks time.. probability of a scratch is very high !


Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Skating Before Coffee..

… This never seems like a good idea to me. I tried it today and I just didn't feel " stimulated" enough!! I have more excuses don't I?

 A few more weeks and we will be back to our normal rink schedule for the winter and I will be happy as a clam back on public sessions.

...  Meanwhile you can find me on the ice today I'm wearing neon orange !



Monday, August 1, 2016

Time To Run

It's that time. One month till competition. We need to run 1-2 times each time we practice... Today was Monday ... Hanks got a swollen ankle and I somehow strained my wrist... We did you best today.


Saturday, July 30, 2016

"Post" Traumatic Stress Disorder

Between my busy summer schedule and toying with a new Go Pro camera - add some company at home ... result .. I have not had time to properly take/edit/post my skating videos lately.

A while back I decided I was probably posting too many long videos of really repetitious things -
but I have not turned the corner yet on honing my editing skills.

Seriously .. I just put the camera on the boards and get what I get.

Anyway, today we skated in the morning and had a great pairs lesson - with a complete program run with all the lifts and jumps - but alas the battery on my camera failed and all I got was a snippet of practice.


Friday, July 29, 2016

Dancin' Fridays

I think we have a "passing" Rhythm Blues for my upcoming test.  It's not perfect by any means, but unless I totally forget the steps - I am feeling confident about it.

The next dance - the first of the Pre-Bronze dances is the Swing Dance.  It's not that hard on paper..
But on the ice.. Especially at the end pattern I get a little off.  I need much more quietness in my upper body and MORE LEG EXTENSION.  Deeper edges too!  I like the feel of the dance, especially during the Chasses.


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Just an Illusion

Just a short clip of something I tried the other day.  I need to practice getting more of a straight line from fingertip to toe pick on the Illusion.  As for the scratch spin... Stop this ride... I want to get off!