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!
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Monday, November 17, 2014
Today was my last day on the ice but there was already a bunch of kids from the competition coming to get some unofficial practice time on our public session.
I brought my scribe and got a chance to draw some circles for the first time in about 44 years on the ice! That was exciting. I couldn't however see the tracings without my glasses! The glare in our rink hardly made them visible.
Skated about 45 minutes then it got a little chaotic with all the higher level skaters mixed with some of us adults and some hockey skaters and I just didn't have the motivation or energy to continue so I got off the ice and decided to do an OFF ICE LESSON today instead of working on Moves in the Field.
I contemplated putting all 16 minutes of it on my video but it would have taken a long time to upload and most people would not have fallen asleep at the computer watching it.. so there is just a few minutes of my lesson included on it.
Basically I am trying to get my 136 lb body to jump up and around 1 1/2 times without hurling my arms into the air recklessly and cross my feet in the process... IT AIN'T EASY !!!
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Thursday, November 13, 2014
You will soon see. Bad take off edge from a Loop Jump. Nothing looked good today, nothing worked. The only thing I got out of it was that I exercised a little and I have a bruised elbow, knee and wrist as a result.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Got to the rink today on a public session to get reacquainted with the ice after 7 days and I was out there getting my legs back under me. My skating friend Hank was there. He is also a competitive adult skater at the Silver level.
Toward the end of the session he offered to show me a few PAIRS moves. I have never done pairs in my life. As a child skater I always wanted to, but I was too chunky! I still am .. but adult skaters at our age rarely do the lifts unless they have been doing them a long time.
I just wanted to know what it felt like to try and synchronize ... it was SO MUCH FUN. I really loved it. I wish he was available to skate pairs with .. but alas, he already has a partner.
Anyway, it was great fun! Thanks Hank!
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Knowing I have a lesson on Thursday on the harness I know I need to keep moving each day.. so I did what I could, but it felt awful. I was really fatigued and it shows.
Monday, November 3, 2014
Need to spend more time on the ice and actually doing off ice exercises than talking about it.
.... Sorry everyone... here's a few RFI Twizzles to entertain you today. Maybe less IS more !
Saturday, November 1, 2014
Nevertheless, I had an ok session. This is the rink I usually have a blade-click incident or take a header doing a spin. The ice was really bad today - but I just did my best to skate through it. It was really bumpy like they didn't lay a fresh sheet of ice and only scraped. I don't know anything about how to Zamboni.
I did not feel like I had a good session while I was there, but the video shows I worked hard! I was only on the ice for 45 minutes total.
Thank you Lake City Figure Skating Club for letting me skate.
And.... oh yea - I bought a SCRIBE today on Ebay. So excited I will be able to make a real circle to practice my Backwards Circle Eights with. I am also thinking about getting into the old school compulsory figures. They still have a rule book for them and judges who can test them... just not at my rink. I will have to investigate. They are really good for all aspects of your skating.
Click that link if you want to read (a lot) about figures.