Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Fun Moments in Adult Skating . 1

When My Coach offers me her hand to help me, but I don't need it.

A Gold Skater talks about the Scoring at Adult Nationals

When a New Male Coach Shows up at the Rink
How he looks:

What all the women think:

Monday, April 21, 2014

Power Pulls Again!

 I feel like tearing one off.
Rant begins
 For some reason there are no decent videos of power pulls on YouTube. Even the Silver Adult Moves video put up by USFSA is a typical underwhelming USFSA video. It's got a woman wearing heavy sweat pants so you really can't see the knee action doing power pulls, and videoed from a stationary position at the boards. I mean, you spare no expense //sarc// do you USFSA? What? 30 minutes total effort into it, including the power point slides at the beginning, and grab the first person you see on ice for the demo? Then don't even follow them down the ice with the camera, but just plonk it in one place? Is that what my membership fees is going for?
Well, maybe I am...a little.
Moving on.

Usually when I have an element problem, I look at videos. As far as I'm concerned youTube is figure skating central. As I've said,  no one's done a useful video of power pulls. So, I'm on my own.

Sunday I gave it a try. Slalom (shalom slalom!) lift the free foot, keep  upper body stable, upsie-downsie-footsie-rightsie-leftsie for all I'm worth. My foot wiggles like a snake.
I make it halfway down the long boards. I've got a great wiggle.There's no rip of the edge pull, no sense of power, but I keep going until I peter out. Better than Saturday!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Too Much Southern Exposure---on Ice

Miss Bianca and I were taking our boots off after lesson yesterday, when Miss Bianca put one foot up on top of the other knee and oops...
"You have a tear in your crotch." I said.

She shrugged. "Well, it was just freestyle."

I nodded. Yes, it's all girls, or boys too young to care, or  men who've learned not to notice women's crotches when they're skating as it's too distracting.

Then today I went skating on public and reached down to my pocket. My hand brushed against my pant's leg and I felt a tear. I looked and my bright pink capri pants underneath my skating pants were shining through a ripped seam like a light bulb.

Is there like a demon of torn pants in the rink? A Genii Locurem Lucerum Braca? Soooo annoying.

How I'd feel if this happened in High School

Now, at 62.
Why did I have to wear pink underneath?

Anyway, it's annoying but not worth getting off the ice for!