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.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Went To A FS Session Today

Usually I save my FS sessions for my lessons, but today I couldn't get moving early enough to hit the ice during pubic.  Our 2:15 session is pretty quiet until the last 15 minutes.  I worked on everything I had strength for today.  Pretty frustrating skating at this level amid these girls who can all do doubles.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

First Good Day of Practice

Public session at my home rink.  First time in a month.  Felt really good to be home and skating, but realizing how much ground I have lost and knowing I will miss Adult Sectionals and Nationals this year is disappointing, but a relief at the same time.  If I keep my current program that I was working on for my Silver test I should be totally prepared by next spring... what would that be like?  To actually be prepared?

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Finding Ice Time

While visiting family on the other side of the state I brought my skates along just in case I could find time to skate.  My opportunity came on Sunday January 11 on a public session mid day in Bremerton.  I wasn't in much shape to skate with a nasty cold and out of shape from being off ice and such, but it felt good to get out and get my heart racing.  Nothing really worked, but I was happy that I at least tried most of my jumps.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Putting The Pieces Back Together

I was able to get to the rink today for a good practice.  I felt apprehensive about trying any jumps but took my time and ended up being quite satisfied at what I was ABLE to do - rather than what I was UNABLE to do.

I stroked a lot before during and after everything I took video of to achieve some cardio exercise and I forced myself to work on the dreaded Toe Loops, Back Sit Spin and Back Scratch Spins.

Flushing out any idea of competition in the near future will make room for me to improve on my fundamentals and correcting these jumps and making them stronger.  That's my immediate goal.

This will probably be my only time on ice for the week if not longer but maybe I will drag my skates with me in case an opportunity arises west of the Cascades while I am there.

Thank you to all my dear blog friends for all your kind words.  It has helped.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Skating On The Back Burner

My last post was Dec 18th.  I have not skated since.  We had a family tragedy just before Christmas and I have been called away from the ice, naturally by more important things.. being with family.  I don't really want to post the details, but I wanted to explain my absence from the blog and from skating.

Today, January 3, 2015 I went skating for the first time.  I did not have the motivation or inclination to record anything.  I will most likely forfeit my Silver test scheduled in the Bay Area on January 14 because I am so out of shape now, weary and also have a cold now.

No test before Feb 1 means I would not qualify to skate at Sectionals or Nationals at the Silver level and I know that no matter how hard I try, my skating won't be up to a competitive level by then.  I think if I say it out loud, I will be able to accept it.  I am disappointed, but I must remember that skating is my hobby.  I am not an elite athlete vying for a spot on an Olympic team.  Adult skating will be there next year for me and I will keep skating no matter what.


I wore my Vivofit today and my heart was pinging away at 179 bpm (my max heart rate) much too soon.  I did land most of my jumps at least once, but nothing was worth bragging about or even talking about.

More next week.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Two Lessons In One Session

Even though I only skate 1- 1 1/2 hrs at a time, skating 4 days in a row really takes it toll on me.  This week I skated Mon-Tue-Wed including a lesson on Monday and today (Thursday) I had 2 lessons during my freestyle session.  All this leading into Christmas week.  (limited if any ice time)

Starting with my choreographer we are trying to get this Silver FS program into shape for my upcoming test and potential competitions (still weighing that option).  I am getting closer to being able to complete one run through without needing to call an EMT.

Today she tried to teach me what is known at my rink as "The Randy Move" ..(he is the head coach at our club)  I'm sure plenty of skaters do it and call it what it is:  a deep forward outside edge, crossing with the opposite foot and instead of stepping onto the opposite foot while crossing you just step down and push back off it, lifting that foot and returning it to behind the skating foot in almost a t position and pushing off back onto the original outside edge.  When done properly and with pretty arms .. it looks great as you will see another one of our skaters demonstrated for me as well as my coach in my lesson.  Don't try this at home IT'S PATENTED!  (just kidding)

So we spent the good part of our lesson on this plus learning to turn out my foot and point and stretch during my spiral and going over my footwork.


Later that session, my coach worked with me with what little energy I had left on my Camel and Sit Spins as well as the above mentioned step.

If that wasn't enough I skated later that evening at another rink.  Thinking I was going to relax and do some beginning ice dance with a fellow skater (and local skating judge) .. who didn't show up... I ended up working on my elements there too.  I was so sore when the day was done.

Thinking about how the kids train 15-30 hours a week and more at the higher levels .. my body would never stand for it!


Not sure what the weekend holds and next week I am headed to Mt. Bachelor, Oregon for 4 nights with my hubby and 3 days of skiing (if it doesn't warm up too much and rain) - Maybe I'll get on the ice at Sunriver Village a few times.  It's sure to be crowded beyond belief, but maybe I can get my husband to strap on a pair of skates.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Short Practice

Today I donned a fitness band and a heart rate monitor while I skated.  I am still trying to figure out how to get a report out of it, but as it turned out I only skated 30 minutes total.

I don't want to sound negative, but I can feel the pressure of a looming test and the adult competition season around the corner and I have serious doubts about being ready or even passing my test.  Ice time will be limited due to the holidays and a skiing trip I am taking over Christmas.

I did a few jumps today but wasn't really feeling it.

Will post the results of my heart rate when I figure it out!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Toe Loop Tuesday

Had a fun practice today on a public session with my friend Heather of RedSwanUSA.com a great online shop for figure skaters.  Need tights?  Protection for your head or bum?  Bling bars for your laces?  Check her out.

She taught me a great exercise to get over my fear and loathing of Toe Loops.

You know what they say practice-practice-practice.  So that's what she suggested doing.
Toe Loops, one after the next in repetition.  By jove I think it may have worked.

Major accomplishment today.  I ignored all  the warning signs that I was about to enter cardiac arrest or muscle failure and kept skating until the end of my program.  MY FIRST COMPLETE RUN.
Granted, a few things are still missing for testing and a lot of things are missing for competition, but I kept going until the end.  The music had long stopped however .. so I must keep working at it, but I was pleased.  My music is 2:10 long and I was still going 10 seconds after .... so technically I skated 2:20 non-stop.... amazing.

Lesson with the choreographer on Thursday to seal the deal, then it's just work work work until January 14.  Test day.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Lost My Camel Spin

Public was busy today.  My legs always seem to let me down.. watching videos and thinking about skating motivates me, but when I "strap on" my skates, my utter exhaustion and my degenerating knee and hip joints tell me otherwise.

Friends tell me ... "you look great".  I am never fishing for compliments.  Trust me I am my biggest critic and my coach says things like "they were all small mistakes"  "you are skating strong" .. but from my perspective it sucks!

There are many things I will never be:

I will never be 5'8" tall and lean.
I will never have a double jump.
I will never have enough energy to provide me the kind of confidence I wish I felt while skating.
I will never not envy someone else's skating.

If only I could live by a better mantra:

I am a 55 year old figure skater.  ('nuff said)

Anyway ... Mondays are usually reserved for Moves, but I need to stay focused on my test in just shy of a month.  My Camel spin disappeared today.  I was loving my slow 4 rotations and now I would give my eye teeth for 4 slow rotations.  Tomorrow maybe.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Saturday Morning Backspins and Spread Eagles

FS session at a different rink today.  My program runs were not good so I just captured a minute or so of my backspins and spread eagles.