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!
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
I was fortunate there were only 2 other skaters on the ice. Nice rink. Soft ice and with a little overhead heat too. Wish I had skated better. I’m working on ice dance a lot but I don’t usually record that ... it’s so far away and the corners get missed. (Plus I am not looking too good!)
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Later that day I returned to the rink for my ice dance lesson with Kendall Tupper LeClaire. We are working on lots of basics. Warm up patterns, edges (dance style) and a little pattern work for the Hickory Hoedown.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Wish I had skated better. I was more out of breath than I was the first time I was here. I spent most of the hour doing edges, swing rolls, practicing the dance exercises my dance coach gave me and trying to do the Hickory Hoedown alone (ps I am not a solo ice dancer) .... as always I break out into freestyle cause I get bored doing the ice dancing .. (I hope that changes someday).
Friday, September 21, 2018
I always wanted to skate here. They have a great adult skating camp every May and I just haven’t made it here yet.
I had the ice entirely to myself. They asked me what music I wanted to play or if I just wanted to plug in my own during the empty pubic session. So nice.
Stupidly I set the camera on the boards facing the wrong way and I can only see a few glimpses of my skating in the reflection of the glass panal when I happen to pass by it .. doing something. Oh well. I will be back in 2 weeks and hopefully remember to turn the camera in the right direction.
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
That aside this week two great things happened.
1. Adult Drop In Coffee Club restarted with a new regular coach - which will free me from needing to be there each week and the worry of trying to find a coach each week. Plus our rink is going to let the Coffee Club skaters stay for free on the public session right afterward.
2. I had my first ice dance lesson with Kendall Tupper-LeClaire. She is our rinks’ only ice dance coach and she left a few years ago to take a break and start a family. I’m so excited that she is back (even if only part time) as I felt I just could not make any headway with ice dance without a regular coach.
So here’s a few snippets of both!
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Friday, June 1, 2018
Friday, May 11, 2018
That is the longest break I have had since I got back on the ice at age 52 (I’m now 58).
First impressions: RINKS ARE COLD
Second impression: MY FEET HURT
Third impression: THIS FEELS WEIRD AND UNNATURAL
But ... the hour went well. I vowed not to fall and I tried everything I felt I could handle for day 1.
I feel good about it.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Friday, February 23, 2018
Heather does an amazing job of getting everyone doing something .. together .. in 30 minutes! And the catch-up pinwheel at the end was a 1st for me!
What? Ok... happy to get off moves for 5 minutes. I need to be softer in the skating knee and close my hips ... )(*^&*&% damn hips ... a problem everywhere!
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Monday, February 12, 2018
Friday, February 9, 2018
Randy Clark was our guest coach. He is my new personal coach as well and while I have to say it’s always an adjustment getting used to each other, new styles and techniques, etc. I think I will make some progress if I stick to it.
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Friday, February 2, 2018
I have done this pattern and thought.. oh I can clean this up in no time. NOT.
I am relearning how to do my edges and three turns. Hopefully when I am done it will have some effect on my jump entries as well.
Monday, January 29, 2018
And here is lesson #2
Friday, January 26, 2018
Thursday, January 25, 2018
I went out today alone to practice moves in the field but the three turn lesson I had last Friday has me over-thinking everything and feeling as though I am starting anew.
After a bit I just took off my skates and swapped them out for my figure skates - with figure blades to try and force myself to get on the edges while keeping on top of my blade.. You’ll see the result!
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Friday, January 19, 2018
... and the winner is: Randy Clark. Randy is one of our most senior coaches at the club and coaches everything from learn to skate through senior level skaters, many of which he has taken to Sectionals and Nationals and I believe even Jr. Worlds ... don’t fact check me.
Today’s first lesson was only 15 minutes but right away I can see I will have my work cut out for me.
Trying to teach this old dog new tricks .. or really OLD TRICKS done properly!
First on the long list of things needing fixing before I can .. move on are my Three Turns. If you look at the ice to see my tracing ... it’s a three turn.... but my tense upper body is keeping them from being smooth turns. After this first lesson, here is my bullet list of things to work on:
- Staying on blended knee but not rising and falling in each turn (or hopping)
- Not bending or breaking at the waist after the turn
- Keeping my foot toe to heel to start
- Learning and remembering the sequence of
- checking the arms after the turn
- passing the arms close to the body
- then turning head while passing the free foot through
- Checking with free hand in line with opposite hip
Thursday, January 18, 2018
Saturday, January 13, 2018
Due to a snowstorm there was nobody on the ice with me and I just put on whatever music I wanted to for the entire time! La La Land is one of my favorite new soundtracks. From the moment I saw the movie I wanted to skate to it, but one of our more senior young skaters in our club had already chosen it for her skating season and it's kind of frowned upon to have the same music within in the club for two different skaters. Even if I'm an adult and she is standard track ... it's kind of hard on the ears to have too much La La Land!
Now that the season is over - and I don't plan on competing any time soon, I am toying with the idea of using it for pairs. First I would have to talk my pairs partner into it!
It made a fun background for my practice today.
Friday, January 12, 2018
Friday, January 5, 2018
Along with lots of traveling and fun in 2017 - came a lot more meals, eating out and a lot less skating. Sadly I gained back every pound I lost when I first started to skate pairs with Hank. We did not compete whatsoever in 2017 - only a Holiday pairs program in December which we prepared without our regular coach in a little over 2 weeks time.
My new life (post husband retirement) is going to limit my ability to skate at Adult Nationals once again in 2018. We planned a big cruise at the end of March which takes up all of April as well. While we were on vacation in Mexico during Christmas I did a lot of thinking about how to get back on the ice and feel some sense of accomplishment and goal setting for the coming year.
Obviously - weight loss is at the top of my goals. At 145 lbs I make a terrible pairs partner. My landing knee which is already 98% without cartilage really feels it when I try to jump with that extra weight. The throw jumps put more pressure on the landing knee than my singles jumps. Lifts are next to impossible. Not just for poor Hank, but my upper body strength can’t handle supporting my own weight in the Axel lift - You get the picture.
Going for the gold this year. Not atop a podium, but I hope to pass the Adult Gold Moves in the Field test. I think if I put everything into it, I may be able to attempt a test session on March 2, 2018.
Other goals I have in mind for 2018 are to do the next set of Bronze Ice Dances (The Hickory Hoedown, The Willow Waltz and the Ten Fox. Yet without an ice dance coach this will be difficult.
In pairs - I would like to make some sort of progress with our skating. Perhaps we can compete at the ISU competition in Vancouver if they have it again this September. I will be here for Pacific Coast Adult Sectionals in March, but I don’t see the reason to go through that if I am not going to Nationals.