Worn through my linings
Unfortunately I seem to have run into wear problems with my Goldstars at just a year in. The leather linings on the boots are pretty thin and soft, and have gone through just outside of the...

Nordic skating on Lake Champlain (magazine article)
There's an article in Conde Nast Traveller, Nov 2006: "The Rush of Black Ice", by Amy Engeler. It should be on newstands now. It is about skating across Lake Champlain with Jamie H...

Wearing the skates
Good news is my daughter is wearing the new larger size ice skates, but the longer blade is a bit of a challenge with the old skate guards. After coaxing her for 2 weeks I exchanged them in...

spinners nose
I've had rather good luck this past week with my scratch spins - about 20% didn't travel unacceptably. When I hit one without traveling, speed really goes up as well as the ability to do m...

"There is no I in team, but there is a U in suck!" T-shirts now available!
"There is no I in team, but there is a U in suck!" Some people just need to be told. Probably lots of people. Probably just about everyone you meet. Let them know without wasting your ...

revolution revalation
So I've been knocking myself out practicing that one-foot spin. It's been frustrating (not to mention nauseating) because that sweet spot has been so very hard to find and center on. Finall...

posture epiphany for the head heavy
small breakthrough in this week's lesson. Coach is the most picky at the rink on SalChows. They must be done just so and while I can do what I thought is a decent Sal, they aren't to her...

spinners tummy
I've been working the one foot spin a lot lately, trying to get that required 6 revolutions for FS2. So far, on a good day with a following wind, I can get 4 or so. If I move slowly e...

Flip progression
In last night's lesson we spent a long time doing turns and edges down the edges of the rink and the control i have with these skates is so much better that i'm seenig real leaps and bounds ...

Taming the LFO bracket
I've been practicing brackets in the field for Adult Gold moves. I've been fighting to get a proper tracing for the LFO bracket for weeks now, and just had a breakthrough (YES!) this morning...

Emotional tie to skates
A few weeks ago 10 year-old daughter complained about laces being too short. Then boots too tight and hurting her toes. Fixed the lacing problem and trimmed the toenails. BUT ...

Old boots never die, do they?
My 4-year old Riedell skates are probably nearing the end of their life. I just wore through the leather lining on the inside to reveal a nice, bright blue foam padding. Stitching is a mess ...

Thinning the Ranks....
Was at Nashoba rink yesterday, back on hockey blades, for once in a while, having fun outracing Hockey Poppas who thought they were fast.... When this big blond gal steps onto the...

Recreational Figure Skating FAQ - Off-Ice Training
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Recreational Figure Skating FAQ - Appendix 2
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Recreational Figure Skating FAQ - Injuries
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Recreational Figure Skating FAQ - Advanced Skills
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Recreational Figure Skating FAQ - Boots
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Recreational Figure Skating FAQ - Blades
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Recreational Figure Skating FAQ - Basic Skills
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Recreational Figure Skating FAQ - Adult Skaters
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Recreational Figure Skating FAQ - Index
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Loop non-jump
I've been practicing the entry to this thing quite a lot lately, but it has to be said, the move remains an entry, period. There is no air at all, and I cannot at the moment conceive how a...

Edge change confusion
Our Russian group coach has us doing edge changes on the skating foot with other held forward and pointing toward the direction to skate. So with L skating foot the right foot is held a shor...

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