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.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Waltz Toe, Waltz Loop Progress

My postings have slowed down for 2 reasons:
#1: I was out of town last weekend and didn't skate for 6 days.
#2: I got frustrated with my new Droid Razr phone (which I just got April 20) and traded it in for an iPhone 4s....... which may have been another mistake.

I had a DroidX for 2 years.  It worked perfectly.  All my videos were shot from the DroidX in HD since January 1, 2012.  I had to learn how to convert the file extension so that my iMac and iMovie would be able to read the file, but once I learned that, it was so easy to upload them and then edit them.

I am really hoping this iPhone is just a matter of a learning curve.  Right now I am cursing it.  I was shooting my practice today and it ran out of space.  Then it overheated in the sun after I left the rink.  I got a temperature warning after using an app for navigation (the DroidX was also far superior)

....wait ... this doesn't sound anything like a SKATING BLOG.  I tried venting my frustration to the dog, but he doesn't care.  So here I am.

I will continue my post today as though a video will eventually show up.

For a Monday it was a pretty good practice.  I did leave frustrated at the end because my spins were terrible and making me really sick to my stomach.  Sometimes I think the spinning is getting easier on me.  Other days, like today, I felt like giving up on the idea of testing freestyle or competing in the future.  Stamina for me is still a huge issue.

I skate 3-4 times a week.  I go to the gym 3 times a week, play golf, walk the dog, go to physical therapy, eat right.  Not sure what else I can do to increase my energy short of taking steroids .. which I would never do.  Actually I don't think steroids even help that.  Aren't they just for muscles?

On a positive note: Today I practiced my Toe Loops a bunch of times.  Helped me to rid myself of the fear.  I also tired and landed a Waltz Toe combination, a Waltz Loop combination.  Hip Hip Hooray!