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 8 years since I got back on the ice. I have not competed since 2016 , but my blog is still going. My YouTube channel has over 1600 subscribers. That’s just crazy!
Friday, January 31, 2014
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Despite too many learn to skate people on the ice, I managed to nearly pull off a full program. Mind you the whole thing will look a lot better with my sassy Pan Am style dress and pillbox hat and when I can more fluidly execute the entire program. I'm pretty happy about it. It flows and I have the speed I had hoped for skating.
Tomorrow I meet with the choreographer to start my dramatic program. We have been delayed by one thing or another and tomorrow we have an hour to work on it.
The following was the rest of my odds and ends practice:
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
2nd lesson was with Noreen to work on the choreography of my light entertainment program. It's 90% done now, with some added changes and footwork today. Let me say … done on paper. Every time I start to run the program I forget the steps and have to go back to the wall and consult my notes!
Sunday, January 26, 2014
No major accomplishments today, but I think I have realized that I am going to forego any thought of putting a Layback spin into my technical program. I don't care what it's worth. My back is really sore from trying and I think I will tell my coach today to change it to an attitude spin. I would rather do a good attitude spin than a bad layback.
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Had a blast skiing yesterday, but got a little loose and found myself flying down a steep run on my chest with my ski blades behind me. It felt like slow motion death … but I didn't really get hurt!
Just twisted my non-landing knee a little. At my age there is always some cartilage fragment floating around .. so I just took some Advil today and tried to skate through it.
Had a lesson and worked on some footwork I was having trouble getting with my choreographer. After the lesson, I worked on my Layback Spin. It's awful right now … not even a good Attitude Spin yet … I need to do some barre work to get this one down and then on the ice .. I need to push my hips forward more and arch back more - while holding my leg behind me. …. More Advil please.
Friday, January 17, 2014
Today I skated at EWU. I used to hate this rink due to it's size and light .. (it's really bright white) - the ice is a bit softer and I never really enjoyed skating there. Recently I have formed a new opinion …
I love NOT being cold. I have no idea yet what awaits me in Ontario California or Hyannis Massachusetts, but a little extra practice on unfamiliar ice can only help.
Before I fired up the camera I warmed up on the ice doing all my Silver moves in the field - I am still struggling with the 3 turns BO to FI and BI to FO.
Footage today is a bit long. I ran through all my jumps and then worked on 2 of my 3 programs.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
I have been working on the choreography with a coach, but today I made a few changes to lighten my mental and physical load. I wonder how that will FLY with her.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
I spent the evening watching Eat, Love, Pray … a mega "chick flick" about overcoming self imposed obstacles, finding oneself and taking a chance on something really worthwhile. Somehow I walked away from the movie a little inspired to try to EAT up all the instruction I can for the next 2 months, try to LOVE going to practice each day and remember why I am doing this … I love skating… and PRAY to the figure skating guru and my angel of healthy bones and joints … that I can get through it with a smile on my face and no regrets.
Maybe tomorrow I will watch Scarface and think differently!
Lesson today with Berkley. Used the phone for listening to my program music so I didn't video our lesson - blocking the changes in my program. After the lesson I did a quick run through of what I could remember on camera.
Taking the rest of the week off from lessons … for some much needed meditation on ice ….
Friday, January 10, 2014
I am so slow to pick up on the steps. She says I am not and that this is a normal pace, but I feel like I am not catching on very quickly.
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Most of the MIF lesson is uncut .. so it's a BORE … except to the skater.
We slapped new music on my program. You can hear it early on in the MIF practice. But it got a little more drama in it.
After public skating I took a break and left the rink. Came back, had lunch at the rink (1st time ever) and then had my lesson with the choreographer for my Lite Entertainment program. I did not capture this because we were on a FS session an the camera would have never survived. Seriously, it's a wonder these kids can progress with so many skaters on the ice. 1/2 the jump or spin attempts you do are thwarted because you need to stop and get out of someones way.
Monday, January 6, 2014
…. "You mean my 1/2 Lutz" … nuff said.
Even the harness felt scary to me today, but on my 3rd or 4th try she said it was all me and proceeded to remove the harness and instructed me to go do one off the harness.
Much to my surprise I landed it. We inspected the take off edge and it went from back outside to back inside but right at the take off point it was on a flat … good enough! I know once I get the fear factor out of me I will start landing them regularly.
After 2 more off harness she said "let's step it up" now do a Lutz, Waltz, Loop combination. I laughed at her at the very notion, but she said "don't think about it too long..just go do it" - The first try put me too far into the wall, so there was an extra step or two … before the Waltz Loop, 2nd time I landed all 3!
This is what is known as a really good day on the ice. After that she started me on learning a flying camel spin. What???? Really. It's all baby steps at first, but I'm on the way.
Now for the bad news… video stopped before my lesson started. Boo hoo.
Saturday, January 4, 2014
Of course I did not do any off ice warm up or stretching and it was very cold inside. This is the worst thing for me. I know this, but continually do it.
My new years resolutions will begin the Monday - after New Years!
Thursday, January 2, 2014
My coach is so cute, she gathered 4-5 young skaters who simultaneously called my name out …. and I skated over and they all gave me a group hug. she knows how much I hate skating on Free Style sessions.
I loved them as a child because I felt special just being there on the ice with other kids working hard on the same things and I loved watching the better skaters for motivation. It is actually a controlled chaos. There is ettiquette involved in skating on club ice. Everyone skates in every direction, but everyone should be looking out for others before launching into a jump or spin.
I tend to jump where ever it feels right to me. My coach advised me to start jumping in a more consistent manner. If I try a jump and want a do-over .. I usually just pop off another without much preparation. 99% of the time the second jump won't be better .. or even as good as the first. She says using more ice to prepare for each jump will help build my stamina and basically give everyone a heads up that I am going to execute a jump somewhere and they will, in turn clear out of the way. Surprisingly they did, most of the time. There are always the little tiny ones who don't see you coming.. hence the need for peripheral vision.
Coach wants me doing my Toe Loops and Flips down the long axis of the ice, doing my Loops on the short axis of the ice and doing Lutzes in the "Lutz Corners" on the diagonal axis. Not sure what she told me about Waltz Jumps or Axels … (not that I am doing Axels) The Lutz corner is always the right corner as you face the end of the rink….. exception?????? Of course. Watch out for the skaters who jump and spin clockwise … the 5% or so who skate the other way. If ever you need peripheal vision, it's on a freestyle session.
Video #1 High Speed Fun
Video #2 My practice and lesson broken into segments