Friday, January 13, 2012

Thursday Night Group

This time last year practice ice was packed with a hundred little kids, all speed and no control. We still have the little darlings, but there's a lot fewer of them. I don't know if it's the economy, or just a normal fluctuation in rink attendance. But the LTS practice ice amazingly has open space in it.

Somehow, although there's fewer than half of the little darlings on ice than last year, THEY ARE STILL IN MY WAY EVERY TIME I TRY TO DO ANYTHING! I can get one swing roll--little kid. Two chasse's -- little kid. Alternating swing rolls--two little kids zip into my path, no escape to the left or right, no time to stop, just pick one up and swing her to safety. Of course they don't watch where they're going. Sigh. It's a lesson in random movement. I can't predict where they're going next. It' like this for a solid half hour.

Typical Little Kid path from one side of the rink to the other.

Oh yeah, then I had to go learn back threes in group. BO3 are the leading source of head injuries in adult skaters. It will be years before I can do them without fear.

Okay, okay. I'm better now. I've still got some egg nog in the fridge, I may just have to go chug it. Excess sugar held in suspension in a mixture of fat, protein and carbohydrates is very soothing. Especially if rum is involved. I just have to remind myself I took up skating to relax.

Center yourself. Be One with the Universe.
Calm the %*&# Down.


  1. Where did you get this from, "BO3 are the leading source of head injuries in adult skaters. "
    I've always heard 8-step mohawk. No need to fear the BO3s. (That's my favorite 3-turn actually. It is the only one I can do equally well on both sides, though I have better forward ones I one side.)

    I LOVE your child movement path. Very accurate.

  2. That child movement path is precisely why I wear both knee pads and wrist guards when I skate on public ice during all the school breaks. The only way that drawing would be more accurate is if you could somehow draw that path and indicate that the maker of it is wearing a blindfold.

  3. @ Jessim I had several coaches tell me about BO3 and head injuries. Apparently the leading source of broken ankles is FO3. I don't know where coaches get that information. Maybe they make it up, or PSA tracks it.

    The child movement path is a picture I got when I typed in "Brownian Motion" and looked at google images. It is eerily accurate. I don't know what that says about little kids.

    @MommyTime I actually find public less scary. So many people are near the boards the middle is often free. But in LTS practice ice everyone's out in the middle.