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.


It has now been 5 years since I got back on the ice. My blog is still going. My YouTube channel has over 1000 subscribers. That’s just crazy!

Friday, February 23, 2018

Adult Drop In Coffee Club 2-23-18 with Heather Martin

We had such fun today with a nice 3 boy 3 girl split on skaters.  Flocking was the order of the day!
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!


Friday Lesson MIF

Good lesson with Randy Clark today on MIF.  We are going with my preferred foot position on the double three turns  - I watched a test yesterday and got convinced I need to do what’s comfortable.  Putting the foot in front going from LBI to LFO was not happening without doubling me over.  No matter how hard I tried I could not get the weight over my blade with the foot in front.  And a surprise at the end of a short 15-20 minute lesson was him asking me to demonstrate my backspin.
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 Lesson Pair-ody

Our session was a little crowded so I had to improvise with my camera placement.. it didn’t work out too well today.   On the positive side, we learned a new sequence today (the steps at least) and are working on a new pair spin position,


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

A Pair of Aging Adults!

I am just struggling on all aspects of my skating—- trying hard not to throw in the towel


Monday, February 12, 2018

Monday Freestyle

I headed to the rink to work on moves in the field - which I did.  But at the end of the session I wanted to “feel good” about something .. so I spend about 15 minutes trying to do a few spins and jumps.


Friday, February 9, 2018

Going For Gold

Working on the Gold MIF is going to be a longer process than I anticipated when I started this year.  I really don’t want to fail the test when I take it.  Thus far, I have not failed a test so I will continue to work on these moves until I am good and ready.  Today was my first lesson with my new coach Randy Clark on the power circles and the brackets in the field.


Coffee Club with Randy Clark

Nothing makes me happier than to see 10 grown adults on a sheet of ice enjoying themselves and trying to improve their skills.  We had a great session today with 10 skaters including a newcomer who is just learning to skate and 3 skaters from Coeur d’ alene who came to skate with us AFTER skating their early morning session at their rink.

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

Pairs Lesson ..

Meh....   I wish this showed more progress than remedial skating....


Friday, February 2, 2018

Three Turn Hell

Another lesson with my new coach Randy Clark.  I feel like I am in THREE TURN HELL.
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.