Wednesday, May 25, 2022

It Was All A Blur

 I knew yesterday would be foggy as they had a small fire or something back where the Zamboni room is. When I got there you could hardly see across the rink.  Some skaters were outside because they couldn’t skate with the smell.  

I got inside but didn’t smell anything I recognized as smoky but it did have some strange odor I could not put my finger on.  When I set up the camera it was either focused on something close by and never readjusted or .. well blame it on whatever was in the air.

First day back on “home ice” in Spokane at Lilac City Figure Skating Club.  Busier than I prefer, but not too bad.  Trying to work on the things coach John taught me Monday from my lesson but not having much luck.  

I did make a complete run of my moves in the field and all three Silver dances but due to the blurry video and so many people on the ice .. I chose to just post the spins I worked on at the end of the session.

I do feel like I will re-learn how to spin on these blades and find my balance.  It’s just going to take time.

Today I was able to get a little lower on the sit spin without falling over.  Yeah!


Monday, May 23, 2022

The Beginning of Summer Skating Season in the Inland NW

 I’m back in the Inland Northwest.  Trying to figure out my summer skating schedule and coaching options.  Last summer I worked with coach John Saitta in Coeur d’Alene and so loved working with him.  He is a great technician and has the ability to really explain how to get things to work when they aren’t working.  Also he’s very patient and doesn’t buy into all the adult skating excuses!  If coaches cater to our laundry list of aches and pains and excuses we would never make any progress!

While his current coaching schedule is full I was able to snag a lesson during a cancellation albeit I had to skate at O’Dark Thirty from 6:00 am to 8:00 am to get the lesson.  A major chore for me.

Still on my new dance blades I wanted him to eval my spins and see if we should continue to work on moves in the field on them.


Thursday, May 5, 2022

Winding Down in Arizona

 I’ve been off the ice for a few weeks enjoying my son’s wedding in Hawaii.  Now were are back for a couple of weeks to tie up our loose ends in Arizona.  I have 2 weeks of skating here left before heading northbound for the summer to Washington/Idaho.  

Still working out the kinks in my new dance boots and dance blades.  Having a terrible time with spins but the turns feel better already.  Today I had my first partnering lesson in them.  Happy to report no falls!  The first video depicts my spinning problem. 


The second video is my lesson with Vitali.  Ice dance partnering.  We worked on some drills and then picked the Foxtrot apart.


Adult Coffee Club Popurri

 Skated my first Coffee Club .. and possibly my last of the summer.  There is only 1 more before they give up for the summer due to ice main...