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!
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
I know everyone is getting really sick of hearing me say how TIRED AND SORE I am ... so I will
try to keep my whining to a minimum. Yesterday I did a little extra - played a 9 hole round of golf after skating and this morning I walked and then did about 30 minutes warm up and barre work before heading to the rink.
Did it help? Yes and no. I felt more "ready to skate" but a little more sore and the jump rope takes it toll on my knees - but what the heck...
Monday, March 30, 2015
Monday, March 23, 2015
... If I only had a brain... I would have put my camera on the rails like I always do during my practice sessions.... FACING THE RINK. Instead I carefully made sure it was taking video and promptly turned it facing the cement wall behind it ... for an hour!
... Thereby missing my free style session and 15 minute lesson. Here's what you missed:
- Me, panting .. out of breath while I stroked and warmed up
- Me, falling twice during my lesson trying to get more distance on my Flip jump
- Me, trying to learn the beginnings of a Haircutter Spin
Saturday, March 21, 2015
We left on Sunday and made a few pit stops in Bend Oregon and Oroville California for rest and errands, then onto South San Francisco for a fitting and new boots and blades. Luckily she found a boot that fit so she didn't need customs and they had the right MK Professional blade there - ready to mount on the spot.
We spent another night near San Francisco on the beach in Pacifica California right on the beach with perfect weather and went skating the next day at Vacaville Ice Sports on a freestyle session with my friend Michael Tongko "Mikey" ... to try and start breaking in her boots.
A few days in Truckee/Tahoe and we headed back up north via Medford Oregon and stopped to skate at The RRRink.
Here's a little montage of the skating related part of our road trip.
Thursday, March 12, 2015
I know there are lots of rinks and clubs out there with a large adult contingency .. we are not one of them.. but things are looking up!
I am still far from feeling like I am "back", but at least I popped off a few jumps today. Spinning really made DIZZY!
Monday, March 9, 2015
So that was our focus today. I found out that I was relying too heavily on it being a "toe jump" and trying to vault off it rather than use my free leg - kicking it through - like a waltz jump or a salchow to achieve both the height and the small rotation. Coach wants me to practice this on the center circle taking off and landing from the blue line. (the approach inside edge and three turn is outside the circle)
I drew this to explain..
Thursday, March 5, 2015
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
My coach arrived for a lesson and I asked her for a stroking lesson to help me work on strength and stamina. Since returning to the ice I have felt extraordinarily tired and I feel like I am not making any headway.
Somehow I thought it would be easier following her around! Of course it totally kicked my butt AND I was even unable to do some of the things very well... especially my power pulls! She gave me some great exercises ... thereby forgetting - for now - all about my "russian stroking" .. which, by the way ... I did not DARE mention to her!
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
I love to watch videos of skaters from all levels, especially my level. The aging adult skater .. getting out there and taking their sport seriously. I feel their pains, frustrations and great levels of accomplishment when progress is made and things go right.
So today after having a talk with myself about my warm up habits and general quality of my stroking - I decided to look them up for some stroking tips. My coach had a family member sick and had notified me she couldn't keep my lesson today... so I used this instead.
This video is my attempt at doing what the coach and choreographer: Pasquale Carmerlengo called "Russian Stroking". I know if I told this to my own coach ... she would laugh and say that it's not Russian Stroking... that the kids from our club do this pattern all the time. I don't care what it's called or who named it. I just know it's a far better warm up than the one I presently do and if I could learn to stroke well in this fashion... I would be a better skater.
Here's my first time trying the patterns.