So, while I was at Lake Placid, I took two lessons with Mark Fenczak, the dance coach. "I failed the Canasta Tango," I told him. "So long ago, I forgot all the steps."
"Oh, don't worry," he told me. "By the end of this lesson you'll have the steps completely down."
Okay, I failed the Canasta Tango because I FORGOT THE STEPS! I couldn't help but roll my eyes as I told him that.
He gave me a Cheshire Cat superior smile, because he was right, at the end of the lesson I had the steps down.
Here's his method.
The chasse's are all facing the shortboards. The swingrolls and progressives are facing the longboads.
The blue arrows represent facing the longboards. The red arrows represent facing the shortboards.
Once he pointed that out to me, I had the whole thing down in 15 minutes. AND AS GOD IS MY WITNESS I WON'T FORGET IT AFTER MY TEST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE....probably not.
Of course, that was just the steps. I still had no power, and I'm sure a coach with more time that two lessons would have cracked the whip over my swingrolls and indifferent slide chasse's, but my cross rolls on the end pattern are not god-awful. Awful, maybe, but that's an entirely different issue.
After being off the ice for a few weeks due to my foot 'issue', I found that the first time I skated in Lake Placid I started getting calluses on both legs. Depending on your boot height these usually appear just appear a couple of inches above the ankle.This can hurt--a lot--I call it boot burn.
In case you've never had these before, or don't have a friend who is willing to show you theirs, I'll show you the one on my right leg.
So, how do you protect yourself?
I use our friend the faithful gel ankle tube. (I popped across the street to the skating shop at Lake Placid and bought two gel ankle tubes for exactly the same price as I could get on Amazon! That was great!)
The first time I put the gel tube on for the boot burn, I let them rest directly on my skin. Apparently, I have sensitive skin, because it stung like a demon when I laced up my skates.
I unlaced my skates and put on a skating sock first and put the gel tube over the sock.
Over that, I put a thin knee high because I double sock.
That's how I skated every day since. No pain at all, but I am glad that Phil at Harlick's made sure I had extra wide boot tongues.
So, if you ever get boot burn, this is what worked for me.
Remember my Pad in the Hat? Where I stuff a skatingsafe kneepad into the back of my skating hat? Yeah, today, for the first time I had a chance to use it.
I was warming up before a lesson on freestyle when I tried to dodge a girl I was on a collision course with, caught a toepick, rolled over on my back, hit the back of my head, and then (horrors of horrors) a different teenage girl skating some backwards moves ran into my sprawling figure and flipped over me backwards.
It was just awful.
The new male coach was at my side immediately from all the way across the rink. I said "I had a pad in the hat," and he seemed relieved. Then my coach appeared along with every fascinated by an old lady fall tiny little skater to come and stare. I felt like a car crash on the side of the highway with the cops directing lookie-loo traffic around me.
Then I turned to the good looking male coach, really he was getting better looking by the minute, "The President is Donald Trump, it's Saturday, I have a lesson, it's a little before 11." After that, the male coach and my coach patted me on the shoulder and I went to sit down.
When I finally got on the ice for my lesson, I turned to my coach, "You know, I noticed that new coach got to me before you did. When you retire I want him for a coach."
My coach rolled her eyes. "You know the people who saw it said it was a slow motion fall. Just like you said you ARE a slow faller."