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.

It has now been 5 years since I got back on the ice. My blog is still going. My YouTube channel has over 1000 subscribers. That’s just crazy!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Mounting - Stage 2

I had a few more screws added to my mounting this weekend.  We are pretty sure they are set correctly for the permanent mount.  The two top holes are left empty until the plate conforms to the sole of the boot.  Not sure if you can see from the photo that they do not touch yet.

I had a lesson today at the end of the public session.  Since today was a holiday the kids were out of school. The rink was pretty crowded and the ice got chewed up pretty fast. There was even a lady skating out there PUSHING A STROLLER with a toddler in it.  Don't they have rules about things like that?  Another pair of young boys were playing fetch with a skate guard, tossing it down the ice to each other.  So I bobbed and weaved my way around the rink trying to get whatever practice and exercise I could amid the chaos.

The lesson plan today was to go over my Adult Bronze Free Skate elements and sequence them together.  Pre Bronze does not require a choreographed program or steps that artistically link the required elements together, but the elements are supposed to be done in this order:

TR 32.09 Adult Pre-Bronze Free Skate Test

Jumps:  Two different jumps, either one-half or one full revolution I am planning a Waltz Jump and a Salchow or a Toe Loop.

  1. A one-foot upright spin (minimum three revolutions in position)
  2. A two-foot upright spin (minimum three revolutions in position)
  1. Forward and backward crossovers (either direction) Really happy I can pick counter-clockwise forward crossovers and clockwise backward crossovers!  (The other directions need more work)
  2. Lunge or spiral I am planning a spiral vs a lunge (because I don't want to scrape my new boots on the ice yet!)
The biggest thing I learned today was that putting all these unremarkable elements together with not much time in between is much more tiring than I expected.  I really need to work on my stamina.  Hence forth I will practice them all in sequence.