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!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Off Ice Lesson and Spin Practice

I had a 15 minute off ice lesson today prior to skating.  I didn't video it - but it consisted of doing
L Step
R Cross Step
L Bend and Jump (either Waltz Jump or Axel attempts)

I am guessing I did about 10 off ice Axel attempts.  This will be no easy task.  I have difficulty in a number of things:  getting into the "rotation position" see number 6 & 7 (right to left) in the illustration below:

I can't seem to get my free leg/foot to comfortably cross  over my jumping/landing leg/foot.  It's not familiar or comfortable because I never really learned it as a kid - I was probably jumping out and around then too.

I also am having trouble with my arms.  If you see my jumps, my arms are usually wild!  I have to really concentrate to get my arms in close to my body.  I often lead my jump with my left arm instead of rotating from the right and pulling my left arm into toward my right shoulder...

Coach says no ice jumping until I can land 8 out of 10 on the ground first.  Wonder if my knee will ever make it to the ice?

I forfeited the 2nd half of my lesson today because after doing this 10-20 times I acquired a foot pain from my arch back to my heel.  I was probably landing on a part of my foot I never do on skates .. and then of course my knee was cursing me.

So I skated 30 minutes of freestyle and just worked on spins primarily.


  1. Oooo I hope your knee will be able to take that off-ice jumping! How exciting that you are doing axel prep!

  2. Advil an hour before practice...or what ever anti inflammatory you prefer... Knees have been screaming for me too-esp with the temp change...hot/humid to dry/cold in less than a week here...great for the ice conditions at my rink...but bad for the joints :( Could always ice them down after practice...which I have to do sometimes...

    I made the mistake of not doing that this week, and today I feel like I need to use a walker just to get around my house...LOL

    You will get the axel jump. It will just take some time. Its frustrating, but keep at it. Visualize yourself doing it correctly when off the ice...same with the back spin. Will add another candle...and perhaps a good single malt scotch to our shrine ;)

  3. I have enjoyed reading your blog and am so impressed that you are so on top of your entries! I just started blogging (http://joskates.wordpress.com) this past summer after some injuries made me rethink my skating goals. It's great to hear from a fellow skater over 50. I saw you on the podium after your interpretative number at Nationals. Very impressive. Thanks for the inspiration in your writing.