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!
Friday, December 22, 2017
Friday, December 15, 2017
We did some really fun (and tiring) exercises with edges and hockey pushes and worked on forward and backward power pulls and integrating them with cross steps.
Great fun - great lesson
Thursday, December 14, 2017
1. This program was put together in 2 weeks.
2. We are not skating more than 1-2 times a week
3. We are not in skating shape (mostly me)
Given all that... here’s the full run of a very short and very lightly choreographed number.
Friday, December 8, 2017
Randy worked with us on better technique for crossovers, deeper edge control, Mohawks even Choctaws and Twizzles!
Friday, December 1, 2017
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Quick 30 minutes with Hank and then 30 with our pairs coach.
Friday, November 3, 2017
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Friday, October 13, 2017
Doc said it was probably low blood pressure and dehyradtion - along with being out of condition.
Hope I can claw my way out of this physical funk.
Friday, September 22, 2017
Friday, September 15, 2017
It's going to take some real dedication to get any strength, stamina, flexibility and skill set back.
I have talked about this before. For me .. without having to "answer" to anyone or anything (like a test date or competition looming) I tend to just wane off practice (is that a double negative?)
Tried some warm ups today, little jumps and a spin before coffee club.
Thursday, September 7, 2017
Afterwards I tried a non-stop "run through" of the Gold MIF. Mind you these are nowhere near passing level yet. Sadly, the rink at EWU has lots of background noise so you can't hear my edges - so I just muted it and put some music on so you can pass the 8 minutes with a little Bolero!
Lastly I tried a couple passes at the Hickory Hoedown and the Willow Waltz...
Skated so slow on the HH I had to speed up the video to keep time with the music.
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
I'm glad I got out there and I did my best to warm up some things I am planning to conquer this year. Gold Moves In The Field and Bronze Ice Dances!
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
I also took a private lesson on Tuesday with Michele. It went something like this:
The video below was my personal favorite this week. Anita Hartshorn gave a clinic on moves in the field. We were split into groups: No test - through Bronze went with Frank and Silver and up went with Anita. We focused on Power Circles beginning with the best preparatory exercise ... pump and chasse with no crossover. Learning to stay low in the knees or "stay loaded" is the key to creating the proper stroke.
IMPORTANT CORRECTION FROM ANITA
"On the front crossover you don't STEP WIDE...it is the FREE LEG that come around wide - like moving on the furthest spectrum of the rainbow not the middle spectrum."
Friday's Coffee Club with Ryan Bradley was all about Three Turns. Another staple of figure skating and something we all need more work on doing properly!
The next videos are from the 2nd of two private pairs lessons I took with Frank Sweiding. Darn it.. my camera was off for lesson number one when we did warm up patterns and a pivot spiral. Today's lesson was on a few connecting moves he likes to use when testing his pairs students. Video 2 is from another camera inside the rink.
Here's a very short clip of my friends and I on beautiful Sun Valley ice.
My final video is my ice dancing lesson with Chris Obzansky. I'm working on the Bronze Ice Dances and this lesson covered the Willow Waltz and the Ten Fox (but the Ten Fox isn't filmed) Chris was a fantastic instructor. I wish he lived closer to my home rink.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
So far I have only skated 2 times since July 7. I've just returned from another 9 days away. As you can imagine, most of the session was spent trying to "feel the ice" again.
Friday, July 21, 2017
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
We had a great time skating today and some things worked miraculously well considering ....
We also had the privilege of meeting another adult skater.. I believe her name is Miriam (sp?) from Tri-Cities... an absolutely amazing skater still doing double jumps after a 25 year hiatus! She was working on her standard track Junior moves in the field … Wow !
Friday, June 23, 2017
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Friday, June 16, 2017
Stephanie has been skating over 25 years. Starting as a freestyle skater and competing through Novice level and now she is coaching both freestyle and hockey and power skating.
Everyone enjoyed her 30 minute class. Most of us were drinking water and tired at the end!
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
We had an enjoyable practice .. one out-of-nowhere fall and a successful Axel lift. Considering I put on about 10 lbs from careless eating and not skating much .. I can't complain!
Friday, June 9, 2017
Following the show we had a weekend at a car show and then a vacation in Yellowstone. All fun but alas, no skating. I even missed out on a local competition that some of my friends participated in.
Hopefully for the rest of June - I will be skating with more regularity.
Today I am posting 2 videos from Coffee Club. The first is from the group lesson and the second is me ... trying to get my legs back under me. (Notice the lack of jumping and spinning!)
Friday, May 19, 2017
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Hank and I finally got on the ice today to try a few things. We are rusty for sure and I for one am really fatigued from not doing much in the ice show - skating wise.
Monday, April 17, 2017
My figure blade is sharpened to 1 1/2" .... so much less bite than 5/8 shown on the far left. If I am not careful my blade will skid out from under me. It was not meant to be ridden on a flat edge, but getting my weight and body lined up properly to execute proper compulsory figures is going to take some hours on the ice of practice.
I am convinced (as is my coach) that this will help all aspects of my skating - I probably won't post many of my figures lessons..... There is a reason they were removed from competitive skating -
It's boring to watch. But it's a lost art if you ask me.
Friday, March 31, 2017
Monday, March 27, 2017
Friday, March 24, 2017
Randy is one of our more "technical" coaches. I was surprised during our class to see him giving us some tips on presentation with head and arm movement!! Today's video is one of my longer videos, but worth watching and listening to. I know I will be viewing it over and over.
Things I learned today: (No discredit to all my other coaches.. but today a few things sunk in)
1) point your toes on edges - upward toe picks are UGLY
2) follow your arm movement with your head and eyes
3) use extra knee bend and ankle strength to push into the ice
4) stiff = unbalanced
Friday, March 17, 2017
Followed by a fun coffee club with Heather Martin - We worked on edges, spirals, lunges, stops and finished with a pinwheel!
Sadly there were no IRISH COFFEE'S AT COFFEE CLUB !!!
Friday, March 10, 2017
Today's Coffee Club was coached by Angela Rasmussen and Larissa Lowell - Mother and Daughter!
Both Gold Medalist skaters - we had a blast trying three turns, double three turns and power pulls.
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
I am super happy to be involved as a co-producer/chair for the 2017 bi-annual ice show at Eagles Ice Arena in Spokane. Our club, the Lilac City Figure Skating Club will be featured and our guest star skater is Ryan Bradley, 2011 National Champion! If you live anywhere in the area and want a treat .. come see our show. Tickets available now via TicketsWest.
Friday, March 3, 2017
Friday, February 24, 2017
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Friday, January 27, 2017
Today after warming up we spent most of our lesson working on - and learning about TURNS.
I'm sure a few of the skaters today were learning about Brackets, Rockers and Counters for the first time.
Me? I know what they are but I cannot do any of them very well. The Adult Gold MIF test has bracket turns on the test but I am nowhere near ready to take that test yet!
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Yesterday was our first practice in over a month with a lesson. Today we thought we would work a little harder and some of our jumps and throws and spins.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Goals for 2017: Work on our pairs skills -better stroking, tracking, deeper edges, learn some new tricks. No competition for this year planned.
Friday, January 13, 2017
My rink has allowed me to use an hour of normally unused ice as a Drop-In Adult Coffee Club.
The rink also offers Drop In Hockey so they decided it was only fair to offer a similar drop in for figure skaters. (We have no rules about what type of skates you put on your feet - just no pucks or sticks and the lessons are geared toward figure skating)
I am so excited to have been instrumental in getting this started and I hope it's a big success. Through just word of mouth and Facebook we scrounged up 10 adults at our first session Friday Jan 13, 2017.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
I never expected to be skating pairs. I never expected to be learning or want to learn how to ice dance. I wish I were winning the race against time with respect to my body and physical limitations.
DON' WE ALL?
Hope everyone had a great holiday. We got away to warmer weather. Had 10 days in Cabo & San José Del Cabo. Unfortunately I got a nasty bacterial intestinal infection that landed me in the hospital for 2 days. That was just a week ago that I got out!
So I am grateful to be home and feeling much better. Today was my first attempt at getting on the ice since Dec 21. I was weak and shakey so out of form and balance, but all things considered, it didn't go too badly.