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!

Thursday, May 10, 2012


When I started this project it was never my intention to get a readership.  I wanted to keep a journal of my skating progress.  Then I started thinking about how boring a journal can be, even for the writer.  We are a society of audio-visual, social networking, it's-all-about-me nowadays.  So I thought I would create a blog, track my progress and offer an open book to my training, methods, philosophies, victories, agony and defeat.

Today I checked my "stats" and realized I now have had 1999 views of my blog.  By this time tomorrow it will be 2000.  So once again I am jumping the gun!

Went to my first physical therapy session today at Pearson & Weary Pain Clinic.
I was referred by my Orthopedic surgeon's after discovering I have pain associated with my Sacroiliac joint.  (bone spurs). I had another complete evaluation done here and we started doing some  Graston and Active Release techniques (both of which I am yet to understand myself ... click the links to learn more)  After my session I enjoy 20 minutes in a high-end massage chair with a beautiful mural on the wall and spa music... I wanted to call out for Chinese food and spend the entire day there!

Instead I turned off the massage chair and went skating.  I had a pretty good session after all that chair massage and manipulation beforehand.  I recorded about 15 minutes of it, but after the session ended I traded my Droid Razr that I just bought 22 days ago for a new iPhone 4s.  (thereby losing my last video)

I worked on my MIF today and all my jumps.  Successfully, but not eloquently landing a Waltz Jump, Toe Loop, Waltz Toe combination, Flip Jump, Loop Jump, 1/2 Lutz ... yes I am starting to consider trying a Lutz.

My spins were off center today..  Nothing worked.  What I thought would be an easy 1:50 number to choreograph is turning into a nightmare for me.  Today I told my coach I will not test my free skate this June.  I'm not ready.

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