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.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Adult Drop In Coffee Club

After attending a few "coffee clubs" in other cities I really wanted to start one at our rink.  The dilemma was whether to have it be part of our figure skating club or a rink function.  After weighing all the options I decided that making it a rink function would allow more new adult skaters to get their feet wet... or cold.   Hopefully some of our new adult skaters will be inspired to take more lessons and join our figure skating club as a result.  First things first...: To have the experience of skating with adult peers and getting a group lesson to boot.

My rink has allowed me to use an hour of normally unused ice as a Drop-In Adult Coffee Club.
The rink also offers Drop In Hockey so they decided it was only fair to offer a similar drop in for figure skaters.  (We have no rules about what type of skates you put on your feet - just no pucks or sticks and the lessons are geared toward figure skating)

I am so excited to have been instrumental in getting this started and I hope it's a big success.  Through just word of mouth and Facebook we scrounged up 10 adults at our first session Friday Jan 13, 2017.


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Happy New Year 2017

This year starts my 5th year "back" on the ice as an adult skater.  I don't know what I expected when I started.  In some ways I am disappointed in what I have NOT accomplished.  On the other hand, I am very grateful and proud of the things that I HAVE done.

I never expected to be skating pairs.  I never expected to be learning or want to learn how to ice dance.  I wish I were winning the race against time with respect to my body and physical limitations.
DON' WE ALL?

Hope everyone had a great holiday.  We got away to warmer weather.  Had 10 days in Cabo & San José Del Cabo.  Unfortunately I got a nasty bacterial intestinal infection that landed me in the hospital for 2 days.  That was just a week ago that I got out!

So I am grateful to be home and feeling much better.  Today was my first attempt at getting on the ice since Dec 21.  I was weak and shakey so out of form and balance, but all things considered, it didn't go too badly.


Monday, January 9, 2017

We Get Up

Happy New Year Everyone!

I've been away for the holidays.  When I got back ... this happened!






Saturday, December 10, 2016

Adult Pairs Christmas Pops Performance

One of the hazards of skating pairs or ice dance is the 2 blade click-of-death ~
Tangled blades took me down during our performance today, but in the spirit of
#WeGetUp ... I did just that and we managed to finish out the program only having to omit a pair camel spin just before the ending.

It was a.really nice program choreographed by our pairs coach Chris Anders formerly of Disney On Ice.  We struggled to learn a lot of the steps, but worked hard to try and do them justice.  We could have used another 1-2 weeks of practice on it, but we walked away with smiles on our faces.

Much thanks to our coach Chris and my partner Hank Landis for holding me up!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

3 Days Before Holiday Show

This run was at the end of our 45 minute lesson today.  Weren't sure we could pull it off, but considering we were on public session and had no music playing overhead - It wasn't too bad.
I think we can finish on time and skate more "to the music" while we can hear it overhead.  We had to dodge the little ones, that slowed it down a bit.

We will head to a freestyle session tomorrow afternoon to give it a go with music.


Monday, December 5, 2016

Christmas Crunch Time

Hank and I are finally back on the ice in our last week of practice before our club holiday show on December 10th.  We should have 5 days of practice to get this to a presentable state!



Thursday, November 24, 2016

Post Traumatic Turkey Syndrome

We journied across the country for Thanksgiving in Chicago with my sister-in-law and her family with my skates in tow.

I had hoped to get some pre & post turkey skating in - but underestimated the popularity of a FREE OUTDOOR RINK in downtown Chicago!

At the time I got there the ice was so chewed up it felt like I was skating on pebbles.  I went LIVE on Facebook for a lap or two.  Later, my hubby and sis-in-law came down to the rink and took some video.  It was all I could do to keep from slicing off mittenless fingers from fallen skaters - much less try to do any real skating.

I presume skating at Rockefeller Center is the same.. but probably not free.  (I don't really know)


Sunday, November 20, 2016

NFL SUNDAY

 We had one last chance for practice at Riverfront Park turns out it was game day…


Saturday, November 19, 2016

Christmas Rush

Somehow we have run out of time to properly put together our Christmas program.  Today is literally the 1st day we put all the steps together and tried to run through during a lesson.  Omitting the full out jumps and lifts and forgetting much of the choreography during the run .. we did our best.

Tomorrow we get a practice on a public session - then we're apart for the holidays until December 2.

Our first performance is December 3 at another rink for their holiday show and our second will be December 10th for our own club's Christmas Pops.

On a side note ... I had to send my boots back to Harlick to hopefully find a solution to my foot problems.  I am back in my old boots with the old blades.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Da Agony of Da Feet - New Boots

This is my 2nd new pair of custom Harlick boots.  My old boots are 4 years old and I have already sent them back for reinforcement about a year ago.  As my aging feet continue to skate .. so do my foot problems.  Bunions, tailor bunions, accessory navicular and nerve compression to be specific!

My husband says ... and you do this WHY?

With all these issues, stock boots are not an option for me.  I love my Harlick's, but this time I am wondering if something went wrong in the tracing or construction.

The boots look huge, but they are the same boot.  They start with the size 8 1/2 C model and build from there.  Tracing around a very wide ball over the mountainous bunions on both feet and on the outside edge of the ball there are little bunions called "tailor" bunions.


I am showing you these diagrams because my feet are too ugly to post on my blog!

I have skated 4 times in my new boots and put about 5 hours in them.  My feet are KILLING me.
I'm working with Harlick now to find the problem and a solution.

Meanwhile my skating suffers!