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!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Skating On The Back Burner

My last post was Dec 18th.  I have not skated since.  We had a family tragedy just before Christmas and I have been called away from the ice, naturally by more important things.. being with family.  I don't really want to post the details, but I wanted to explain my absence from the blog and from skating.

Today, January 3, 2015 I went skating for the first time.  I did not have the motivation or inclination to record anything.  I will most likely forfeit my Silver test scheduled in the Bay Area on January 14 because I am so out of shape now, weary and also have a cold now.

No test before Feb 1 means I would not qualify to skate at Sectionals or Nationals at the Silver level and I know that no matter how hard I try, my skating won't be up to a competitive level by then.  I think if I say it out loud, I will be able to accept it.  I am disappointed, but I must remember that skating is my hobby.  I am not an elite athlete vying for a spot on an Olympic team.  Adult skating will be there next year for me and I will keep skating no matter what.


I wore my Vivofit today and my heart was pinging away at 179 bpm (my max heart rate) much too soon.  I did land most of my jumps at least once, but nothing was worth bragging about or even talking about.

More next week.


  1. Hugs, Diane. I hope you find some comfort and peace during this difficult time. You are right - the ice will be there when you are ready to return.

  2. So sorry to hear of your family tragedy Diane. I hope your skating gave you at least a little bit of a mental break today.

  3. I'm so very sorry, Diane. You and your family are in my prayers. I will miss seeing you at Sectionals and I hope skating can give you some solace as you work through the grief and pain. Skating will be there when you're ready.


  4. So sorry to hear about your family tragedy Diane :( Sending much love, light, and peace your way.

  5. Sending sympathetic thoughts your way--you need your energy for other things right now, but I hope skating brings some quiet and peace at this difficult time.

  6. Sending you sympathetic thoughts--you need your energy for other things right now, but I hope skating brings some peace and comfort. Thanks for sharing your time on the ice today--joskates.wordpress.com

  7. I am very sorry to hear about your family tragedy Diane. You are not a professional athlete but skating means a lot to you and if you are like me, it helps you manage the everyday stress and life's challenges. When you're ready, the ice will be here and I hope that skating will help you heal.