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, January 29, 2013

Ski Skates

Ski or Skate?  How about ski skates.  K2 Fatty's  ..... so yes .. I skated today!




Thursday, January 24, 2013

Ice Time ... Finally

Building our home has been taking up most of my time these days, but I finally got a chance to skate yesterday.  Unfortunately there was a pack of little kids I had to dodge so I didn't dare set up my camera at one end of the rink and leave it there.

I tried a few spins including a camel and even a back camel attempt.  I was actually quite pleased to get 4 revolutions out of my camel spin with my leg up.  As for the rest .. not much to brag about.

Last night I had my 3rd ballet class.  (private lessons so far!)   I'm trying to remember all this French terminology ... it's as hard as the dancing.

Each class starts with barre exercises:

demi-plié 1st and 5th
grand plié 1st and 5th
tendue 5th
dégagé 5th
grand battement 5th

She attempted to teach me this in center:

assemblé
sauté
glissade
grand jeté

(You won't be seeing any ballet video for a while!)

I have to say that the turnout is really hard, but it's already made the spread eagle in skating easier ...



Meanwhile... back to skating.....



Wednesday, January 9, 2013

1st Ballet Class in 53 years...

In other words... first ballet class EVER!  Here is what I attempted to learn tonight:

5 Positions
Demi Plie
Grand Plie
Tendu Battement
Battement Dégagé

Sorry, I forgot the rest because I came home and had a glass of wine.


Thursday, January 3, 2013

Happy 1 Year Anniversary (back on the ice)

Today marks my 1 year return to the ice anniversary.   A year ago I decided it was time to get back on the ice and start exercising regularly (doing something I love).  It paid off.  I skated frequently, snow skied frequently,  went to the gym regularly, changed my diet and strived toward some skating goals.  Most of which I achieved I am happy to say.

All that took about 6 months.  Not bad.  Then summer came.  I got off the ice and stopped my regular skating and exercise regimen and then fall came ... the holidays.... and here we are again.

I gained back about 10 lbs of the 30 lbs I lost last year.  Not bad considering how much I ate and how little I exercised toward the end of the year.

Today was my "day one" of this year.  I had hoped that I would have progressed enough to attempt going to Adult Nationals in April, but that does not seem possible now.  Not a good showing anyway.  So my goals this year are just to keep skating.  Hopefully I can test up to Adult Silver Moves In The Field before too long and finally take my Adult Bronze Free Skate test before next summer arrives.

Here's a few snippets from my practice today: