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.

Update 2021. It has now been 9 years since I began adult skating. I have not competed since 2016 , but my blog is still going. My YouTube channel has over 1.76k subscribers. That’s just crazy!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Practice Session - Adult Bronze MIF

Today is normally my day to go skiing, but my hubby was off working and I didn't feel like making the drive alone.  I opted to skate and put in some practice on the new moves my coach Berkley taught me yesterday.  

1. Forward and backward perimeter power stroking I felt ok.  Need clockwise practice.
2. Forward power three-turns I felt like I was putting a square peg into a round hole. It took 20 attempts and finally getting the diagram out + 20 more attempts before I got the hang of this.  Note to self:  PRACTICE ALL CLOCKWISE MOVES 2:1 ....

3. Alternating backward crossovers to backward outside edges 4 Forward circle eight
5. Five-step mohawk sequence 

Like most skaters, I skate counter clock wise.  I think you could also refer to this as skating  "right handed".  I don't know what the statistics are, but I would venture to say most clockwise skaters are probably left handed.  I actually am LEFT HANDED.  

Things I do right handed

  1. Skate
  2. Water ski (left foot forward in a slalom ski)
  3. Swing a golf club (right to left)
  4. Swing a baseball bat (right to left)
Things I do left handed
  1. Write
  2. Eat (ambidexterous)
  3. Throw a ball, dart, hold a gun (yep .... a .357)
  4. Use scissors
  5. Bowling
I came from the era where they tried to teach you everything right handed, but if you really had a problem, it was "acceptable" to allow you to try with your left.

True story:  I had a temper tantrum in kindergarten trying to use the right handed scissors to cut out my Thanksgiving hand traced turkey.  I cut outside the lines and ruined it.  The teacher had to call my mother to come pick me up because I was disrupting the class.  Funny thing is, I am still using right handed scissors (except sewing).  My tantrum was probably just the result of my uncoordinated attempt at cutting around the lines!

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