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!
Thursday, November 24, 2016
I had hoped to get some pre & post turkey skating in - but underestimated the popularity of a FREE OUTDOOR RINK in downtown Chicago!
At the time I got there the ice was so chewed up it felt like I was skating on pebbles. I went LIVE on Facebook for a lap or two. Later, my hubby and sis-in-law came down to the rink and took some video. It was all I could do to keep from slicing off mittenless fingers from fallen skaters - much less try to do any real skating.
I presume skating at Rockefeller Center is the same.. but probably not free. (I don't really know)
Sunday, November 20, 2016
Saturday, November 19, 2016
Tomorrow we get a practice on a public session - then we're apart for the holidays until December 2.
Our first performance is December 3 at another rink for their holiday show and our second will be December 10th for our own club's Christmas Pops.
On a side note ... I had to send my boots back to Harlick to hopefully find a solution to my foot problems. I am back in my old boots with the old blades.
Friday, November 11, 2016
My husband says ... and you do this WHY?
With all these issues, stock boots are not an option for me. I love my Harlick's, but this time I am wondering if something went wrong in the tracing or construction.
The boots look huge, but they are the same boot. They start with the size 8 1/2 C model and build from there. Tracing around a very wide ball over the mountainous bunions on both feet and on the outside edge of the ball there are little bunions called "tailor" bunions.
I am showing you these diagrams because my feet are too ugly to post on my blog!
I have skated 4 times in my new boots and put about 5 hours in them. My feet are KILLING me.
I'm working with Harlick now to find the problem and a solution.
Meanwhile my skating suffers!
Thursday, November 10, 2016
4 weeks until our Christmas Pops and we are just starting the choreography.
I'm in new boots that are giving me AGONY right now.
I will be gone for 4 days this week and 10 days over Thanksgiving.
Not sure how or when we will get this done.. but here goes!
Monday, November 7, 2016
My very scary Silver Test Blades are honed to a 1 1/2 " radius on hollow ... which means they are seemingly FLAT compared to the hollow of a freestyle blade.
That equates to skidding unless you have your hips under you and you are leaning into your blade.
You cannot just glide or go for a ride on these bad boys. It takes core strength and pressure into the ice to keep them on the ice. Practicing figures on freestyle blades is entirely different.
We worked on Preliminary figures. Inside and outside edges across the short axis of the rink, like Pre Prelim moves in the field. We worked on FO and FI eight.
Seems my initial problem is the push off. I am overlapping my circles from the push.
I will describe this better in the future with video and photos... next time.
I had not had a lesson on figure blades (Patch skates) in 46 years and my coach had not given a patch lesson in 25 !! It was fun. People were staring at us!
I will pay the price for that on my tongue if I don't do it more often.
Hank is just coming off being sick and due to my boots being so new we hardly did any jumping or throws. We tried some off ice lifts today and caught them on video. I see that my free leg is doing something ugly and bending as I try to get up into the lift.