Posting this for no reason other than it make me happy! Ice skating makes me happy too….and so do minions, minions make me happy
May you all have a happy rest of weekend!
May you all have a happy rest of weekend!
The consensus was that my skates were too small by a half size. Saturday morning, I went back to my original dealer who insisted that they were not too small and that I should focus on the positive and how well I was skating. He was certainly right on this point I have to admit, overall I liked how they felt when I skated and I felt a lot more balanced and confident especially on jump take-offs. He also felt the orthotic inserts he provided with the boots were essential in order to manage my tendency to pronate when bending my knees. I had to take the inserts out because they made my feet feel even more squashed.
I whined pitifully that all that lovely correction would not be very fruitful if I couldn’t wear my skates for more than 10 minutes at a time due to pain. Ultimately he acceded to my wishes and gave me a bigger size. Instead of adding the orthotic insole, he modified the insole that comes with the boot. A compromise on both our parts since I didn’t really like his original inserts anyway.
I’ll see how I fare with this week. It’s a bit discouraging since I have to start the break-in process all over again but maybe it will go a little faster if I can keep my skates on for longer periods of time. Hopefully all the progress I made last week will still be there.
Have you ever had a bad recommendation from a figure skate shop? What did you do about?
So I got to wondering… is it just me being wussy?
Thanks to the miracle of Google, I found this article about buying new skates, which sounds pretty much bang on. It turns out that there are at least seven things that make adapting to new figure skates an unpleasant and demoralizing experience. Of course, I had to go through the list looking for how many of these factors apply to my new skates, to see how much pain I should expect to be in.
How long does it take you to break in new skates? Do you put off having to do this for as long as possible, like me? Can you share some hints on making this process less painful? Alternatively, if you just want to whine pitifully, we’re OK with that, too.
Just like the Skate Canada and the Skate America Grand Prix events in the fall, the two biggest events for North American adult ice skaters happen within a week or so of each other.
The Canadian event wrapped up this past Sunday and American adult skaters are into their final preparations for the United States Adult Figure Skating Championships on April 8-12 and at every level, the competition is fierce!
Behold the Cardinal Rules of Adult Nationals:
The fierceness and competitiveness stays on the ice.
Cheer loudly for everyone..even your chief rival.
Off-ice activities such as partying and celebrating are of equal importance to any and all on-ice activities.
Everyone has an amazing story about how they came to be there..ask them about it!
Take lots of pictures.
Appreciate the significance and joy of stuffed animals.
Make new friends and have the time of your life.
Have you participated at Adult Nationals? Share a favorite memory with us!
Who is your adult figure skating inspiration?
Last Monday, I came this close (insert visual of a minuscule distance) to posting my regular Tuesday blog post. It was a rather witty piece (well, I thought so) about my preparations to attend the Canadian Adult Figure Skating Championship in Regina, Saskatchewan, which begin March 28th. But in less than a millisecond, everything changed and I discovered that I would not be able to attend after all. And my rather witty blog? Consigned to hard drive purgatory.
Don’t worry, I’m not injured or ill, nor was there any major life calamity. I just botched up my plane reservation, and was not willing to pay over $750 to re-book. Maybe once the feeling of “Oh what a doofus I am” passes, there will be room for disappointment. Continue reading
Despite being the fifth largest country on the planet, hosting the World Cup of Soccer this summer and the Olympics in 2016, there is not one Olympic (or even NHL) sized rink in the entire country! Something that is extremely frustrating for figure skaters of all ages and levels!
Inspiring the figure skating and ice sports community there, 18 year-old Isadora Williams represented Brazil at the Sochi Olympics last month!
Please sign the petition to help fulfill the dreams of Brazilian skaters. You can sign by clicking on “Assinar a Petição” in the green rectangle and entering your name, email and comments.
You can also check out the television interview with Elaine, as well as several other ice skaters… Added bonus: you can practice your Portuguese!
Hopefully, you’ll be able to bring your skates to Rio for a morning skate, followed by an afternoon at the beach in the near future!
Endurance is a term often used in sport, but unfortunately can mean different things to different people. In sport, it refers to an athlete’s ability to sustain prolonged exercise for minutes, hours, or even days. To add to the confusion there are several terms used that mean more or less the same thing. In spite of all of this, I will try to be clear and explain a little of the basics that skaters need to know to improve their performance.
When most people talk about endurance, they are referring to aerobic (or cardiovascular) endurance, which is often equated with cardiovascular fitness. Aerobic means “with oxygen” and during aerobic exercise, the body uses oxygen to help supply the energy needed for exercise. Continue reading