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 8 years since I got back on the ice. I have not competed since 2016 , but my blog is still going. My YouTube channel has over 1600 subscribers. That’s just crazy!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Attempted a Flip Jump Today

After a day of rest for my bleeding ankle I headed back to the rink today with a bandaid and an ace bandage to protect my ankle.  What a relief not to feel anything rubbing on the wound!

Practice today consisted of Pre Bronze Moves in the Field and Free Skate sequences.  I am trying to do these each time I get on the ice in order, so that when test day arrives, I won't hesitate.  I got through them, but I didn't feel very strong today.

Afterwards I went over the ones I felt weren't up to snuff.  My least confident move is the spiral sequence.  Once I get my leg up there I feel confident that I can hold it, but getting it up there smoothly and quickly makes me nervous!

Also today I felt the wrath of my big Phantom Toe pick and nearly tumbled head over heels, but I was able to save the fall.  The boot however got it's first good nick.

Not so lucky a few minutes later while doing a scratch spin.  I wound it up tight and got dizzy.  At least this time I didn't fall backwards and crack my head on the ice.  I just felt myself losing balance and sat down! I need to LOWER MY HIP.

Finally toward the end of the session I attempted some Split Jumps (mine look more like wishbones)

So I gave up on the Split Jump for today and decided to try a Flip Jump.  

I have 10 days of ice time left before my test with vacation in between.  Tomorrow I will go back to concentrating on my test moves!

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