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, July 3, 2020
Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Friday, June 5, 2020
Today I skated about 50 minutes of a 1 hour freestyle session filled with 12 skaters. Most of whom are of the high level - doing doubles and a few triples.
I did my best to stay out of their way whilst trying to warm up, stroke, practice dances and moves in the field.
Looking forward to getting my old public sessions back where I can vlog about my boring practices!
Sunday, May 31, 2020
Now I will have to paint a picture with words. It was my 2nd skate since lockdown. Back at my home club rink in Spokane WA - Lilac City Figure Skating Club. 1 hour freestyle session with a limited number of skaters.
- We entered through the back door
- Minimal personal items allowed inside
- No changing in the restrooms - locker rooms off limits (not that I used our locker room anyway)
- A verbal questioning on entry about lack of exposure to Corona and a sanitizing of our kiss and cry bags.
- No RinkMusic allowed yet., but they did allow an iphone to be plugged in for background music
- Skates put on at the rink side bleachers
- Kiss-and-cry bags on the rails must be 6’ apart
- All dynamic warm ups in the parking lot. What? We are supposed to warm up before skating?
I have to say, for me .. skating a freestyle session is more productive than a public session where I can spend much of it skating round and round socializing, stretching at the wall and killing time. At a freestyle session everyone works hard so you feel guilty if you aren’t continually doing something constructive.
I spent my session stroking - trying to employ deeper knee bend into the ice and extension of my free leg - dance style. I did Chasse’s and Swing Rolls, forward Cross Rolls, Swizzles and Slalom pumps, Crossovers and Progressives. Then I spent 20 minutes doing 3 patterns of the Hickory Hoedown, Willow Waltz and Ten Fox and another 15 minutes attempting the Gold Moves in the Field .. repeating those that felt uneasy (Double Three Turns and Brackets). Near the end of the session I did a few Spirals, a few Scratch Spins, A Spread Eagle and after my Camel Spin fell apart I decided I had had enough. The last minutes were spent power stroking 3 laps. NO JUMPING whatsoever today. I just wasn’t ready.
Here’s the only proof I have that I skated!
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
As my coach said you’re going to feel a bit like “Bambi“ first time out but it wasn’t too bad I just felt unsure of my edges and posture ... but truth be told ...that’s always the case ha ha.
This is my last lesson down in Arizona before heading back to Washington state for the summer. We worked on some fundamentals and the Hickory Hoedown as well as went over the steps of the 10 Fox.
It felt great to be back on the ice.
Friday, March 13, 2020
A quiet coffee club. No instruction, just adult skating. Good music playing .. (I muted it on the video however) - I didn’t really meet anyone except a nice girl named Rachel from Disney on Ice who is on hiatus from the show due to the COVD-19 ..
- These are crazy times.
I did a lot of ice dance practice and also MIF but if you follow my blog .. and videos you will notice how utterly BORING both of those things are to watch. Unless you have someone following you with a camera .. Ice dance practice just isn’t feasible.
Thursday, March 12, 2020
I worked on my ice dances before the class (not shown) but did a little freestyle when it was over.
Friday, March 6, 2020
After that was my first lesson with head coach for ice dance, Todd Gilles. It was great having someone to hang onto! I wish I had more footage of us partnering but we had to break it down and work on some issues.
Friday I also skated at Gilbert Ice without a lesson and did 1 run of each of the dances without a partner. I feel like I am learning to skate all over again with ice dancing.
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Anyway, after this camera shy - privacy seeking adult skater left the ice; it was business as usual for the remainder of the session. I was tired from my dance runs so I just did some turns practice on the short axis.
My current dance coach here in Arizona also requested that I do not post our lessons with audio or with subtitles explaining her coaching methods. I will have to abide by the rules, but I’ll still be posting my practice sessions.
Friday, February 28, 2020
- Wide stepping my three turns
- Not really doing a back progressive - they look like chassés sometimes
- Lunging forward when stepping from RFO edge to LFO edge .. especially on three turns
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
During my session today I practiced all three of the Bronze Ice Dances. I have probably said this before, but I must reiterate: Dancing solo is much harder than dancing with a partner. You really have to feel secure on your edges, especially the back edges.
It’s not the best video but you can see my trouble areas.
- Wide stepping the three turn on the Hickory Hoedown
- Going off pattern during the swing roll
- Doing Chasses vs back progressives on the Willow Waltz
- Wide stepping the three turn on the Willow Waltz
- Messing up the steps on all dances especially the Ten Fox (It’s pretty new)
Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
I thought I felt good enough to skate till I got there and tried to stroke!
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
I didn’t think I was going to try to learn the Ten Fox but she thinks it’s something I can do. Practice time is my problem. There will be a test session in March sometime so I need to get more ice time if that is going to happen.
Thursday, January 16, 2020
Big factors I need to work on is POSTURE, UPPER BODY CARRIAGE, SKATING INTO THE ICE AND THREE TURN CONTROL.
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
It was imperative that I skated today because I have another lesson tomorrow. I was pretty tired during practice but forced myself to really practice the Hickory Hoedown 4-5 times and I even got my RinkMusic fob to work so I could make a few runs with music.
Dance is really interesting. On the surface I will admit it sometimes seems boring, skating round and round in specific patterns. But trying to hold your upper body in dance frame and getting your edges right and proper extension and the correct steps is not easy. And to anyone who tests or competes in the solo dance series .. hats off to you. I think it’s really hard to dance alone. I prefer leaning on a partner!
Today’s video is a bit long. I tried going through my Moves in the Field and even spit out a few spirals, a waltz jump and a scratch spin at then end of the session.
Friday, January 10, 2020
My takeaway from this lesson - especially after seeing the video is I really need to work on my extension and holding a frame position in my upper body.