32. Female. Just learning how to figure skate.
My first day on the ice was February 13, 2012. I don’t know why it took me till the ripe ol’ age of 32 to consider taking up figure skating, a sport I’d always loved to watch, but which I’d never considered could be something I could do. Then as I was surfing the internet, I stumbled across adult figure skater sites and blogs, and it clicked for me: Anybody can do anything, at any time.
So I took myself to the rink and started skating. And found that while it was hard, it wasn’t impossible. And that every time I got figured out how to do something (say, like not falling, or managing to move forward), I felt a little thrill and wanted to learn more. Soon I’d signed up for lessons, and was hooked on the sport.
They say figure skaters are obsessed with tracking their progress, and I’m no different in that respect. I’m taking up this blog mostly as a journal for myself to mark my progress, but if it proves to be useful or interesting to anybody else, I’m happy to be of service!
Milestones so far:
- Day 1 on the ice.
- Buying my first pair of figure skates (Jackson Artiste, stock Mark IV blades)
- My first lesson
- Landing my first salchow
- Money spent: The first six months of figure skating
- My first loop (sorta)
- New skates: My second pair (Jackson Freestyle, Coronation Aces)
- Buying an adult figure skating costume (gulp)
- My first adult figure skating performance
- A look back: My first year of skating
- Testing: Passed Pre-Bronze moves and freestyle
- My first competition: Adult Pre-Bronze
- Two years of figure skating
- Testing: Passed Bronze freestyle
- Skating Year 3 in review
- Testing: Passed adult Silver moves in the field