So here is what the rink looks like when it's a public session:
My coach and I are moving around in the Killian hold or reverse Killian hold, side by side like a wall moving through the skaters.
One thing I've learned is that little kids have no sense of how fast we're moving; they don't look before they move away from the boards; and they only are able to focus on what they want to do.
Shockingly the adults are exactly like them. So it's up to Dance Coach to give me cues on 'break', 'skate here', and 'stop'. He has the lead, and he has the years of experience.
Still once a little girl turned unexpectedly into our path and stabbed me in the leg with a toe pick.
As another example, Coach and I will be in the center doing crossovers in hold around the circle. To me it seems scary fast, but to Coach I'm sure it's just a breeze. Anyway, adults will skate right at us. We're a big black clad train who will crush anyone in our path if they skate in our way and we can't stop. We're careful but I'm shocked at the number of people who blunder into the center as if we're not there. How did these people get driver's licenses? How can they not see us?
So here's what I want to wear the next time I take a lesson on public ice.
The only thing that's missing are the laser eyes