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!

Friday, October 23, 2020

October Snow Day - Final Coffee Club for me in Spokane 2020

Today was my last skate at coffee club for this year.  We head south for the winter soon .. and not a moment too late.  Woke up to a beautiful crisp sky and ended the day with a snow blower and having to leave my car at the dealership downtown because it’s not suitable to drive in winter conditions!  

So my footage is short - the first 15 minutes of coffee club with Kim.  I hope anyone who reads this blog from the area knows that Adult Drop In Coffee Club will continue even though I am not posting video.  For current schedules and sign ups see the eaglesicearena.com website.


Friday, October 16, 2020

Some Practice During Coffee Club

 I got on the ice first and took advantage of the clean ice to do some figures.  I sped them up because as we know .. this is why figures went away.  THEY ARE SO BORING TO WATCH! (Unless you are a skater .. then you can feel the effort it takes to hold an edge or stay within the tracing.)

In a few weeks we will migrate south for the winter and I hope to get some regular coaching on everything from ice dancing to moves in the field to free style - maybe.



Monday, October 12, 2020

Three Turns - Doing Them vs Doing Them Right

 If you ask me if I can do a three turn.  My response would be YES.  But doing them correctly, with strong edges and good flow going in and coming out with speed and control and extension !!!  That is the difficult part.  Videos of myself show me how off base I am, but somehow don’t give me the insight I need to correct them.  Words are easy - but execution of any element of skating thrown into the soup pot of 61 year old bones (some with spurs) and joints (minus the necessary cartilage) - slows me down to a crawl sometimes.  Progress does come, but not quickly.



Saturday, October 10, 2020

Coffee Club is Back ... Minus the Coffee !

Nice to see some familiar faces today like my friend Wendy Bauer and coach Kim Ferraro.   

I worked  on the Fourteen Step and my moves in the field with a dash of freestyle for fun.