Sunday, July 23, 2017

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Friday, July 21, 2017

The Magic Thumb

Miss Bun handed her boots over to our sharpener--"I'm thinking of changing my blade cut when I get my next sharpening."

Our sharpener ran the pad of his thumb over the edge of the blade. "It's got a few hours left."  He does this all the time, with everyone.  Run his thumb over the blade and say 'It's got a few hours left". It's quite a show.

I mean the thumb gets out quite a bit, goes to parties, meets chicks (or at least chick's skates), hangs out with famous people.

I call it the Magic Thumb.

The Magic Thumb Party's Hard

And well deserved!

Monday, July 17, 2017

I go SPLAT!!

For some reason my coach asked me to do a Bunny Hop.  It's been about 6 months since I did one, and I guess she wants to check that I still can. So, I do a FO3,  picked in for a half flip, then did a Bunny Hop.   And it was a nice Bunny Hop too. My coach said, "That's very nice," in that enthusiastic voice coaches use on talented five year olds.

And just because I wanted to show off (ALWAYS A MISTAKE!!!!) I did another Bunny Hop,  landed on a toepick, pitched forward, hit the ice in a roll that can only be identified as a horizontal back spin. And two full rotations--with no feet. Hah! I think I covered 10 feet from the trip until I stopped rolling and slid to a stop. It was pretty spectacular.

I was going pretty fast too

1. Thank God for knee pads.
2. Not having hip pads---ouch.
3. When my coach, SkaterDad and the rink guard got to me, I was already up going "I didn't hit my head!" in a loud voice. 

I'm a little sore today, but I can assure you I've had worse.

As in this picture--a horse going over a low jump was involved
(he balked and I flew)
Hit so hard my helmet cracked,
I was knocked out
Came too with short term memory loss
Had to go to the emergency room

Yeah, figure skating falls aren't near that scary. . . .so far....

Friday, July 7, 2017

When a Coach Who's New to the Rink Takes Over Adult Group

If you've been following my adventures in Adult Freeskate, you'll know that we don't skate 'Levels'. There's no Pre-Free, or Freeskate 1-6. There's warm up skills (which we do as a group to the best of our individual ability), followed by 15 minutes of personal skills we're working on. I've got much better because of this--and I've thanked my skating director for kicking my ass out of Basic into Freeskate.

But this new coach is new to the rink. He's a retired National Competitor. It's his first time running  our Adult Group.

He . Believes. In . LEVELS!!!!!

"What level are you at?" he asks me.

"Pre-Free." I say. I'm a dead solid Pre-Free, maybe a Free 1.

He flips open the chart the skating Director gave him. It says Babbette Duboise "FREESKATE 2". "That's just a placeholder," I say. And he completely ignores that.

He start rattling off the the Freeskate 2 skills.
Him: "Alternating forward outside and inside spirals on a continuous axis ?"
Me: "Yeah, sure, I'm good."
Him: "Basic backward outside and backward inside consecutive edges?"
Me: "Small but steady"
Him (quick like a fox on a chicken): "Why small?"
Me: "Power."
Him: "Backward inside three-turns?"
Me: "I'm working back outside 3's"
Him: "Where are you in your back spin?"

So I guess that's pretty much a "don't have it" answer.

Him: "Jumps?"

Me: "No." Him: "Why not?" Me: "I'm sixty FIVE!"

Anyway, this turn of events strangely puts Mr. Badass and I in the same level. He's a 100 times better than I and working on his lutz, but he's gracious enough to say "I need to work on my back 3's" when the coach assigns us to do them.  And he's on record that his back spin skill is "Sorta", so I don't feel too bad.

 The coach had me practice my two foot back 3's. And my spins. Then when he wasn't looking I did some back outside edges, just to check how bad I was. And wouldn't you know it,  during what was supposed to be a step forward, THIS happened...
One. Just one.

These are going to be like my FI3--lifetime total: 11.

And the next day, I mentioned it to my coach in a scheduling email.

C'mon...some enthusiasm please!!!!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Things Only Figure Skaters Understand #22: Two Weeks Away from Skating

First 15 seconds on Ice
(It's nice to be back. And when I stepped on the ice I nearly did this exact faceplant, but I grabbed the door and saved myself)