On The Edge... Again
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 5 years since I got back on the ice. My blog is still going. My YouTube channel has over 1000 subscribers. That’s just crazy!
Friday, June 29, 2012
I'm not giving up yet. Planning on skating daily (even on the weekends) until the date of the event.
No video shot today.
Ran through Silver MIF (still no instruction on these yet) and worked on my Waltz-Toe.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
By the way.... either the Blood Mary helped... or it had worn off by the time I skated at 3:15 this afternoon!
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
No video today. I met my friend Sheila at the rink for the last 30 minutes and skated.... well, more like I was gliding along the ice while we were talking. Didn't get much practice in today.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
I added a Facebook Page called WaltzJump today. Don't ask me why. Seemed like a good idea at the time.
Today was my first day back on the ice since last Thursday. I didn't feel up to skating, but one more day off and I knew I would be playing catch - up.
My list of excuses this week:
1. Extremely busy with architect, house builder, bank and escrow needs this week.
2. Sick. Picked up a cold. Sore throat, hoarse, cough.
3. School is out - public session is bound to be far more crowded than I am used to
4. Competition (exhibition) around the corner.... if I'm not ready, I can drop out.
Much to my surprise I got to the rink and there were about 10 people skating... and they were all on rink #1: part of the figure skating club. Public was on rink #2 ... over there only 3 people on the ice. Another adult skater named Hank .. (he's been to Nationals!) and a couple of kids and their mom. Within 30 minutes everyone had gone and I got .... can you stand it?..... private ice. I felt terrible with my cold but skated anyway. I took some advice from someone on the skatingforums2 and ran my program, then stroked around and tried to run it again.. mistakes and all.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
- Get a refund (The sensible choice)
- Skate as the only competitor (basically it becomes an exhibition)
- Skate "up" or skate "down" to a level where there is another competitor as allowed by USFSA. (I am already skating "up" from my standing as a Pre-Bronze to the Bronze level... so skating up isn't an option. Skating down I am sure there are no other competitors either)
And later that day...... I had my blades sharpened. My skate guard fell off a few days ago and I got a nick on them + it was time for a sharpening and to add another screw.
The 2 screws at the top of my toe are still out. The boot and blade have not conformed to each other yet. I wonder if they ever will.
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Monday, June 11, 2012
Saturday, June 9, 2012
The 6:45-7:45 session was designated for "High" session skaters: Those working on Axels, double jumps, advanced spins. "Low" session skaters were described as Basic Skills through Freeskate 3 levels. My session was described as "OPEN", but all the of the morning high level skaters were still on the ice.
There is a competition next weekend so one of the moms was telling me that it's been especially crowded lately. I was hesitant to go out there, but I mustered up the courage and paid my $8.25 to skate for 45 minutes.
The video I am posting is just raw footage of the last 5 minutes of my practice.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
I discussed it with my coach and she thought it was a good idea. Not from a competition standpoint, but from a shake-the-nerves standpoint.
My goal is to be able to go to Adult Nationals next April with a solid Adult Bronze program. Between now and then I need to get in plenty of practice and actually get used to going to a competition.
Adult skating in my area is pretty quiet. I don't expect to see many (if any) other competitors in July at the Bronze Level, especially in my age category (IV) 50-59. So I will be competing for the sake of competing; skating to music, choreographed with required elements with a few people watching and of course, judges critiquing.
The video I shot yesterday starts with a few practice spins of my backspin (which is why I didn't want to test my Bronze Freeskate yet... It's not consistent yet). Then you will see 1:44 seconds of my 1:50 music poorly skated in a rough outline of my program. Ok, the cat is out of the bag. I'm skating to the piano rendition of the them from Schindler's List. I may switch it over to the violin version before next year if I get stronger.
I am pretty "old school" when it comes to what music I like to see people skate to and now ... perform to. USFSA will allow you to skate to music with lyrics, but it's not for me. I like mostly classical style music or soundtracks, themes, etc. I know a lot of adult skaters enjoy putting on some wild costumes and skating in other events like Dramatic and Light Entertainment. I won't say never, but right now all I can focus on is completing my first program with required elements cleanly.
Adult Bronze Requirement for the Freeskate are:
1. At least three different single jumps of which one must be a Salchow and one must be a toe loop
2. One jump combination consisting of a waltz jump and a toe loop (no turn
or change of foot between jumps)
1. One-foot upright spin (minimum four revolutions in position)
2. One-foot backspin, entry optional (minimum three revolutions in position)
3. Sit spin (minimum three revolutions in position)
1. Connecting moves, steps and edges throughout the program
Monday, June 4, 2012
When I got to the rink I was overwhelmed to see a groups of good skaters and their coach on the ice from another club somewhere in Montana. They had just competed somewhere on the "West Side" of the state and were trekking back to Montana and decided to stop at our rink and skate.
It was like skating on club ice. Good skaters going in every direction, everyone looking out for one another. Unlike skating on "public" ice .. where generally you are supposed to skate counter clockwise. I am really lucky that our rink is not very crowded and I can do my freestyle in all directions most of the time. I try to watch out for others and be respectful.
Today I worked on most of my single jumps. Unfortunately I ran out of space on my camera just before I started practicing the Lutz Jump. I was able to muster up the courage today to try several 1/2 Lutz Jumps and I attempted a full Lutz, both of which I "two-footed" (which means to land on two feet instead of one).