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All Zen and Stuff

Had a good practice yesterday. When I got there, there were four of us on the rink, all working on figures in silence. There was something beautiful about each of us tracing our own small circles on the rink with … Continue reading

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Surprised By Competence

Interesting practice yesterday.  I had been doing push-off after push-off, still chasing that elusive right outside curve.  I am doing better with it, but the progress is slow. After about an hour of struggling with that, I thought “Well, I … Continue reading

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Keep It Simple, Skater

Big D, the Best Coach Ever, has given me specific items to work on before class on Saturday.  Skating backwards on one foot, one-foot Mohawks, shifting from an inside to outside edge and figure push-offs. Does it sound like a … Continue reading

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In Which Cheating Is A Very Good Thing

As devoted readers of this blog will know, skating backwards and Mohawk turns are two of my biggest challenges.  And anyone who has ever worked in the academic field knows “biggest challenge” means “something I suck at,” so you can … Continue reading

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So Graceful

I am so pleased to show you this waltz performance sent to me by the talented and thoughtful Reader of Red and longtime artistic roller skater, Rick.  The video was taken by the husband of Rick’s skate partner, Joan, so … Continue reading

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Adrenaline Rush

Last night I did some practicing on going backwards.  I worked on the Mohawk Turn, skating around the figure circle backwards and skating on one foot backwards.  Now, this may sound like I actually DID these three things, but not … Continue reading

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All To Myself

I went to practice after work yesterday and, after the first 15 minutes, I was the only one on the rink. Sweet. The Nationals are in early August and just finished.  Skaters train all year to compete there, so many … Continue reading

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