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!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Ok, I'm Starting To Get Nervous….

I should have all 3 of my programs pretty much ready to go by now.  My coach keeps telling me not to worry… that they aim to have us "peak" in our training just prior to a competition … but seriously folks.. at my level … there is no such thing as PEAKING

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.


  1. I hear ya! I'm starting PT on Monday, which is exactly the same thing that happened last year-- PT for the last month before Sectionals just to keep me on the ice.

    1. That's crazy, PT before competition. I just ordered some knee stabilization braces!

  2. I think going to the gym 3x a week - lots of stretching, steam baths, hot tubs !!

  3. That sounds good. I hope you can quell the aches and pains enough to enjoy your training-- though honestly I think this part of it, a few weeks before the competition, can be a bit of a grind. Hopefully by the time the competition is almost here you'll be able to look back and feel that through all your hard work you've been able to make a lot of progress. I'm going to be taking three days off in a row here soon and I think that will be good, but it's hard to do at this point when I feel there's so much I could work on before March. BTW my first PT appointment helped a lot! That does make me feel a lot better about training.

  4. Me too… glad your PT went well~!