Sunday, January 15, 2017

When the student is ready, the coach starts making sense

I have a notion that I'm confusing the hell out of Learn to Skate USA. I'm signed up for Freestyle in my home rink, and Basic 6 in another rink. "The Ice Doesn't Care" ruthlessly screwing up LTS USA databases willy-nilly.

I can do everything in Pre-Free and everything in Basic 6 except----drum roll---FI3. That's the reason I picked this class at another rink, I need to nail that FI3.

Anyway, I needed the midweek ice time, so I'm now in a strange rink,  facing a male ice dancer in hockey boots, in a class where I'm the only student. 

Internally:"Private lesson! Private lesson!

"I can do everything in Basic 6," I say after the introductions, "Except FI3."

"Okay," he says, "Let's do that then. Show me where you are."

 VOILA !

I have early back edge termination issues......but by God I can do that turn--and do it in the middle. "Well," he says, "That's better than I thought it would be."

So he teaches me this technique where I enter the three with a bent knee, then as I slowly rise to a straightish leg for the turn, I pull my free leg into a T-position til it touches the heel...then turn!

Suddenly, I have an explosion of knowledge. He has taught me this technique, that brings together all the techniques that every other coach has taught me. Finally, the student's legs are strong enough, the student brings experience from practice, the student is ready to understand


Of course the coach isn't happy with my arm position, and I lean back too much (that's new), and I have free hip issues, but for a moment there....I thought I had conquered FI3....


Friday, January 13, 2017

Tale of the Edgeless Horseman

Pictures from my new skate sharpener of SOMEONE ELSE'S SKATES.

Before Sharpening



After Sharpening


I mean how can you not feel something like that? Those blades had no inside edge at all! I don't know if the skater just rode her inside edges a lot, or had a bad sharpening.

You can test your blades at home with a straightedge or a quarter (although that takes a bit of an eye).  

Friday, January 6, 2017

Who ARE These People?

Last night was first night for the adult group classes for 2017. Hooray!

Twenty new adults signed up for Basic Skills.


The skating director set up three adult Basic 1 classes.

But, there were so many people in Basic Skills she forget to reserve a space on the ice for the Freeskate Class. 

I mean, the coaches squared it away, but for a minute we were ice-less.