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, January 14, 2014

All Lessons and No Practice ..

I'm in a pickle.  I need the lessons to get ready for competitions, but I need practice time to work on what I learn in my lessons.  My primary skating coach is working with me on turning my "test" quality program into a "competition" quality program.  She wants me to change two spins and add a few jumps and jump combinations for maximum scoring potential.  I cannot argue.  I would like to up my game, but at the same time I do not want to be so unconfident of all the new elements that I cannot skate a clean program and enjoy these two big competitions.

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 ….


  1. Good luck on your programs! I understand the lesson/practice dilemma all too well. Are you going to Pacific Coast Adult Sectionals as well as Adult Nationals?

  2. Thanks. Yes that is the plan. I have a feeling that sectionals will be more intimidating than nationals!

    1. PCAS is a lot of fun and everyone is so nice - I hope to be there, too (Pre-Bronze, though). We met at Adult Nationals, so I will look for you and cheer you on! I sat behind you in the stands - Melissa.

  3. Oh good. I hope so … look forward to seeing you there!