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!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Probably Going To Scratch The Free Skate

I have had another 6 days off the ice.  This past weekend we went spring skiing at Crystal Mountain.  Had loads of fun, but it kind of wrecked my back.  The snow was very stop-and-go and the next day a 5 hour car trip home = sore lower back.

Coincidentally I had an appointment this morning with an Orthopedic Surgeon to evaluate my hip and knees.  He only handles one thing at a time, so today it was the thing that hurts the most:  my hip.  After an exam and X-rays we learned that my hip is perfectly fine and the good news is my bones look healthy.  The bad news is my problem is my SI or Sacroiliac Joint.  I guess there are some bone spurs there and it's something I just have to deal with unless it gets so bad I am willing to do more invasive things.  He recommended NSAIDS and physical therapy 1-3 times a week for 6 weeks.  Next week I will have my knees examined.

Maybe I should have my head examined at the same time.  Skating at 52?  Really?

Practice went ok today for my Moves In The Field practice.  I think I will still be able to test and pass by June 12.  My freestyle however was another story. Nothing felt good today, especially my backspin ... which is the first required element of my program.

Tomorrow I have a lesson.  I plan on warming up extensively before hand, as well as taking the doctors advice and using some Ibuprofen.

My camera today was tilted at the ceiling.  18 minutes of bad music and no skating were recorded!

Here's a glimpse of my spring skiing day instead!

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