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!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Breaking News

Just by chance I looked at the Lilac Figure Skating Club website today.  This is what I saw:

Upcoming Tests and FormsNote:  Testing dates are subject to change, please check this page for date changes and updated forms as they become available.
Due Date
Feb 20, 2012Feb 10, 2012Special Session (FULL)
March 27, 2012March 9, 2012

My test date just got moved from March 30 to March 27.
No big deal right?  Wrong.  I'll be on a cruise ship until March 26.  Flying home that evening.  Late.  Jet Lag.  I will have to get up early the next morning and attempt this test after 11 days off the ice, sipping drinks with umbrellas and eating gourmet meals 3 X day for 10 days.   This should be interesting.

I really did have breaking news today.....

Due to the grace of my right elbow in the kitchen this morning, I was late for practice.
I somehow knocked a glass candy dish off my counter top and flung it onto the floor, shattering it into a million pieces.  

I arrived with only about 45 minutes left to skate.  I wasn't up to a long practice today after skiing yesterday.  I laced up once without using the glove under my laces and quickly realized how much it was making a difference.  After a re-lace I worked on the sequence of my two upcoming tests: 

Adult Pre-Bronze Moves in the Field
Adult Pre-Bronze Free Skate

My skates are feeling more and more like my own as they break in.  I am trying to stop and re-lace 3-4 times per session for now to keep the laces spread out over the tongue.

Things I am currently working on:

  • Better edge control
  • Stamina
  • Clockwise crossovers I can do these, but they need work
  • More balanced three turns I need to lower my free leg hip more
  • Waltz jumps Need more height and more control on landing
  • Salchows Need more height and more control on landing
  • Toe Loops Need more height and more control on landing (confidence)
  • 1/2 Flip jumps I still have not attempted a full flip
  • Two foot spins I really hate doing these.  Once the Pre-Bronze test is over so will the two foot spins.  It's a requirement for the Pre Bronze Test.
  • One foot scratch spins I'm getting less dizzy and more revolutions.
  • Power 3 turns Need more work on the RFO
  • 5 Step Mohawk Need more flow