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.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Go Figure!

Now that I have my freestyle boots fixed and mounted, my old pair is mounted to my Silver Test MK figure blade again.   I am not 100% sure of this, but I believe my current free style blades are sharpened to 7/16" .... like #3 below.

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

Coffee Club 3-31-17

Another great coffee club with Kim Ferraro-Severson.  Kim gave us some great edging exercises.  We worked on edges forward and backward, power pulls, shoot the ducks and sit and scratch spins!  All in 30 minutes... amazing.


Monday, March 27, 2017

Monday Practice - All By Myself !

Got a little play time in at the end of my moves in the field practice session today.
First video in ages of me skating:  all by myself!


Friday, March 24, 2017

Adult Drop In Coffee Club 3-24-17

Super excited today to have Randy Clark as our guest coach.  Randy is one of our senior coaches at Lilac City Figure Skating Club.  He currently coaches some of our most advanced skaters.  Randy has over 30 years of coaching experience and has coached skaters of all levels, some of which who have competed at Jr. Nationals, US Nationals and International competitions.

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

Skating with Leprachauns!

It was St. Paddy's Day today -  Hank and I got a little practice in before the lesson on the coffee club ice.

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

Coffee Club 3-10-17

Sorry viewers.  I have been a little behind in my postings lately.  My involvement with our club's ice show in May, some travel and guest from out of town have limited my time to edit and post video.

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

Ice Show Coming to Spokane starring Ryan Bradley!

TICKETS AND INFORMATION

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

Coffee Club 3-3-17

I can't tell you how much fun our Friday adult Drop in Coffee Club is..
See for yourself


Friday, February 24, 2017

Coffee Club with Lori Benton

Another fabulous coffee club with Lori Benton from McCall Figure Skating Club.


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Post Vacation Skating ! Pairs Lesson

Another pairs lesson today.  We had another 10 days off ice.  Do not try this at home... training involves training nearly every day and not skipping days and weeks at a time.  

Progress .... hmm. I wonder why we aren't making any?  The video say 2-20, but it was actually 2-21.


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Pairs Lift Breakthrough !!

We had a pairs breakthrough today. After more than a year of trying to get this lift up with a one foot take-off … Today it happened three times.  It's not the prettiest lift as I still have not been able to master getting my legs behind me but this is a great start to progress .


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Off and On..

... Ice that is. A few off ice lifts before getting on ice.
Practicing a Lutz Lift and Waist Lift with a fan kick out of a loop lift.
Later on the ice I found myself feeling ill. Light headed and dizzy so I quit in the middle of our lesson!


Friday, January 27, 2017

I'm Loving Our New Coffee Club

Week #3 for our coffee club.  We had 12 skaters today!!  Our guest coach was Chris Anders again...
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

Pairs Pracice 17.2

 I think I will refer to my practices this year like an app release version 17.2 equals second practice of 2017 !!  That's as clever as I can get today!

 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

Happy Pairs New Year

The last time we skated was right before Christmas.. at least a month.  Between my vacation and Hanks we havn't seen each other in quite some time.  A bit out of practice and out of synch ... we had a pretty good lesson with our coach Chris Anders.

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

Adult Drop In Coffee Club

After attending a few "coffee clubs" in other cities I really wanted to start one at our rink.  The dilemma was whether to have it be part of our figure skating club or a rink function.  After weighing all the options I decided that making it a rink function would allow more new adult skaters to get their feet wet... or cold.   Hopefully some of our new adult skaters will be inspired to take more lessons and join our figure skating club as a result.  First things first...: To have the experience of skating with adult peers and getting a group lesson to boot.

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

Happy New Year 2017

This year starts my 5th year "back" on the ice as an adult skater.  I don't know what I expected when I started.  In some ways I am disappointed in what I have NOT accomplished.  On the other hand, I am very grateful and proud of the things that I HAVE done.

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.


Monday, January 9, 2017

We Get Up

Happy New Year Everyone!

I've been away for the holidays.  When I got back ... this happened!