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, February 27, 2012

Monday Practice ...Ugh

Today is Monday, or what I like to affectionately call, "What the hell I am doing this for?" day.  I don't understand it.  I skated 4 days last week and I also skied 3 days last week.  I should feel pumped and raring to go, but instead I felt wobbly and weak - and cold.

My rink is really cold.  How cold?  I don't know, but my fingers will go numb if I don't keep skating and pumping blood into my fingers.  My medical chart actually says I have Raynaud's Disease, but I don't think I do.  Perfect disease for an ice skater!

I warmed up today with a few laps, then did my entire run through of the Pre Bronze Moves In The Field and then the Pre Bronze Free Skate.  I specifically wanted to try the jumps while I was less than warmed up to see the result.  Result:  I nearly fell.

I will have to wake up really early the morning of my test and be sure I am fully stretched and warm from off ice warm ups before I go out there.  I got a few suggestions from my skating friends on Skatingforums.com   Alas.. having a suggestion only works if you do it!


Raw video from the end of practice today just before my lesson.   Waltz Jump (of course)
Salchow and a few Spirals.

Lesson Today:


  • Complete run through of Pre Bronze Moves In The Field
  • Coach Berkley's comments "passing", need more control on back inside edges, need to remember to hold for 3 on the waltz 3 and no two foot transition, started spiral sequence late 
  • Complete run through of the Pre Bronze Free Skate
  • Coach Berkley's comments "passing", stamina getting better
Next week she wants to see what I plan to wear.  I have prematurely acquired a collection of dresses in my closet, but they all seem too formal or have too much "bling" for a Pre Bronze test.  On the other hand, who knows how long my AARP skating "career"  will last.  Maybe I should wear a little bling while I have the chance.  I think I will go with the lavender sleeveless dress and put a black sweater over it for the MIF with white gloves.