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!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Program Component Change

Had a lesson today.  Went straight to the harness after my coach asked me, "How is your Lutz today?"
…. "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.


  1. Congratulations on the lutz, what a great milestone to get that back! And getting the combination is icing on the cake!

  2. Thanks. I feel bad bragging about it… we will see if it's there tomorrow
    on camera!!!