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, February 28, 2014
Thursday, February 27, 2014
First times running these programs with overhead music. Went pretty well considering you are dodging other skaters and coaches and can't really open up.
Too bad my skating coach wasn't there to see me NOT HAVING A MELTDOWN today!
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
I was really negative from the start of my lesson. I didn't want to do the layback spin in my program because I don't think it looks good enough and it makes me dizzy as hell. I tried it anyway and ran my program (not the video you see) and 2/3 of the way through I quit skating and got off the ice.
While my beloved coach tried to boost my skating ego and talk me out of the tizzy I was into, it just got worse and quickly turned into TEARS. Can you imagine. 54 years old, crying like a baby because I "couldn't" or "didn't like" or "wish I were better" …. ridiculous.
I finally calmed down a bit and ran my program all the way through. Fortunately my camera phone (for the first time) fell off the boards and hit the ice and shut down. I only found out later that it was not recording my meltdown for my further embarrassment. (I would have posted it!)
During my complete run, I forgot some of the steps, got tired two footed a jump, changed a loop to a salchow, but finished and it wasn't that bad.
Now that I am home I am evaluating my music. I have 3 versions of Schindler's List that I have put onto the same run through. They don't match up perfectly, but I think I am going to change it to version #2.
If I haven't lost you yet, and you get through the video - I would love to hear from anyone about which music choice you would think sounds/looks best.
PART II of my day was a trip to the Orthopedic Specialist to see why my right knee is hurting (more than usual) and to get some advice on a non-surgical solution to my pain and problem.
I didn't hear much I didn't know already. In 1980 and 1981 I had 2 (then.. ground breaking) arthroscopic procedures following a skating accident (damn Axel!) to clean up torn meniscus and repair an ACL tear and on the 2nd surgery they did what they call a lateral release, which, as I understood it was to realign the patella (kneecap) and improve tracking. All I know is that I recovered and have enjoyed 30+ years of walking, riding a bike, water and snow skiing and now figure skating again, notwithstanding some knee pain over the years it's held up pretty good. Lately my training has increased and so has the pain in my right knee (landing leg).
Now I don't expect anyone to have any interest in these sexy legs, but I find medicine fascinating and confusing. Whenever I have something going on - I try to get as much information as I can to make good decisions. I have a medical degree from GOOGLE !!
Long story .. longer: Doc says I have osteoarthritis in the R knee and he can treat it with an injection called Synvisc. A joint lubrication injection. But before he can get that approved by insurance they have to first try a cortisone injection. You should have seen my eyes pop out of my head when I heard the word NEEDLE twice in one conversation. I agreed to the first injection and I'm sitting home tonight … wondering if was a good idea. I will stay off it tomorrow and try to skate on Thursday again. 48 hours. To quote Nancy Kerrigan ….. "Why Me?"
|R Knee (on the left) shows the lack of cushion (meniscus) from previous surgeries + osteoarthritis|
|Same image position but my knees are bent into a small squat position + you can see my chubby thighs!|
|This side view shows an abnormality in the end of the femur bone (flat line should be curved)|
Monday, February 24, 2014
Still working on the Bronze Dramatic Program. Today we got down to the nitty gritty of my upper body. I wrote it all down and video captured it .. now I just have to get it into my muscle memory.
Is there a pill for that?
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Friday, February 21, 2014
Today I had a full hour with my choreographer - We ironed out most of the program and got the timing down, made a few little changes and have only left to decide on an ending. We have a few possibilities .. all depending on my ability to execute it properly. This program should be easy. There are only 2 spins and 1 waltz jump in it. It's all the edges, turns and arm positions that I find difficult.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Freestyle: Worked on my jumps. Specifically Loop and Flip and Stag-Flip combo. Went on the harness for work on the Flip and the Lutz and then ran my program once through. Video stops during my harness work on the Flip.
Wish I had the camera on for my choreography lesson. This is always so hard for me to remember. We reworked things today and added some upper body elements … to my Dramatic program.
Sunday, February 16, 2014
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
No progress or improvements shown here … just going through the motions getting on the ice
for the past two days.
Today I had an off ice lesson with my regular coach (since I was late!) We worked on doing all single jumps off ice - ouch!
Friday, February 7, 2014
Went to EWU today. Nice warm rink to work out my frustrations. I don't want to make excuses, but the thing that is holding me back are my aches and pains. My jumps are really suffering from my R knee feeling like it's on it's last threads …. (2 cartilage surgeries in the 1979 & 1980) and my back … which is really my SI joint with bone spurs … all work against me when it comes to skating properly.
After this season's competitions are over, I plan to pay a visit to the orthopedic surgeon to see if there is any hope for restoration.
Thursday, February 6, 2014
The session is only 1 hour and I never get there on time or early for off ice warm up… so 1/2 the session is wasted by my just stroking to warm up my legs. Will I ever learn?
I didn't label my video today - just slapped on one of figure skatings most over-used pieces of music Carmen's "Habanera"!! I can see why it's used so much though .. it's got some moments.
Really frustrated with my progress on the layback. The position actually hurts in the back and hips … maybe it's a warning. Also my camel spin is getting more consistent into position, but I need to work on speed going into the hook as I am not getting enough revolutions for my expectations.
There just isn't enough time to work on everything - stroking, edges, turns, jumps, spins and 3 programs in 1 hour…. need more ice time … and a can of spinach!
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
My iPod was dead. The iPod player was dead. My phone had 30%.
My body started at 50% and dwindled to 12% by the time I ended my 2nd lesson.
Video doesn't show much today.
Free Style Lesson:
She always asks me if I have any concerns or if there is something I want to work on … or
should I leave it up to her. I left it up to her and she wanted to address jumps.
She asked for a Waltz. Then a Waltz-Loop. The Loop was in one place, so we worked on securing the Waltz landing and getting good spring for the Loop and I was getting about 2 blades length off the Loop.
Then we moved to the Flip. We checked the tracing. Something I never noticed before nor was it ever pointed out to me: The initial landing is heavy and thick .. showing for about 6 inches, then it thins out, demonstrating a lighter glide and more curved when acquiring the back outside edge, then you can see it thickened up again. She said this is where I struggled a bit to hang onto the landing. Then it thins out again. Obviously if you don't video yourself, you can't see how you did, but you can go back and inspect the tracings to see what went right/wrong. I wish I had taken a picture of them. Next time I get clean ice I will try to remember to photograph my tracings of all my jumps.
The Lutz - Waltz - Loop and Flip - Loop went ok. Need to remind myself while doing jump #1 to get ready for jump #2 !! It's bad form to land with free leg extended behind, then swing it forward to execute the next jump.
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