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!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Half Looped

Friday our rink was crowded.  A school was out and the normally quiet morning public session was a bit more crowded than usual.  I had a pretty shaky week, but was happy about successfully landing a Flip Jump on Thursday.

This video clip below demonstrates a typical day for me.  I only recorded one attempt at each of these elements, but there were many other repetitions.
  • Sit Spin It won't pass as a Sit Spin unless I get much lower
  • Loop Jump Taking off and landing on my right leg scares me (bad knee)
  • Back Spin I was actually happy with this 1st attempt, need to stay on rocker
  • Camel Spin Happy I didn't fall.  Was reaching back to feel how high my leg was

I am now counting the number of ice days I have left before I go on vacation.  There are 7 days left unless I skate a crowded public weekend or evening session.  Then I test on March 27 with jet lag the day after I return from vacation.  I can just see the judges notes now, "Failed, but nice tan".

TGIF .........