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 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!

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Another session - progress report

I skipped skating my pre-paid session on Monday because I had to wait for a service call at our home.  So Tuesday I had to show up and give it my best.  Each session has exactly 12 skaters on it.  Today there were a few faces I didn’t recognize. 

I skated on the 2nd of 2 sessions our club has right now.  The high level skaters had just gotten off and the ice was a bit chewed up.  That makes it harder for me to work on moves in the field.  My back eights and double three turns are slow enough on fresh ice!

Im still struggling to maintain good edges on the double three turns.  All of them.  Some feet/edges are better than others but none of them show real control.  If I get the edge right my body is fighting and has no composure or look relaxed.  If I carry myself calmly - I usually lose the edge and get “subcurves”.  All that is from years
 of improper edging.

In the dance department - all 3 of the bronze ice dances are coming along.  I am learning to get more comfortable doing backward chassee’s, backward progressives, backward swing rolls and just about every step on the Ten Fox is challenging either mentally or physically!  The Hickory Hoedown, while not nearly perfect is probably testable.

Friday I have another session - we’ll see.  


Friday, June 5, 2020

Yup .. skated today

I really can’t motivate myself to write about my skating without evidential proof!

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!