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    Hi, everyone! I just wanted to drop a note. I am formerly sorrowfree78, and I used to post a lot around 2002. I am so grateful to announce I have just started group lessons, and I have ordered brand new beginner skates. I would love to become an adult skater. I loved this board so much, and it's finally beginning where I can be more than a spectator. Watching Michelle especially at Worlds '03 in DC and on COI in '02 and '04 as well as Sasha and Shizuka and all the rest has helped me decide I would like to learn what it feels like to be a skater.

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    Congratulations on starting skating lessons. It was watching Michelle that made me realize I was tired of just watching everyone else have all the fun. I started lessons back in 1999. Believe me, it is even MORE fun than watching. I'm still skating, still taking lessons and most of all, still having fun. Enjoy every moment!
    I believe!

    I remain totally in AWE of Michelle Kwan.

    This season just hasn't been the same without her.


    I miss seeing her on the ice.
    I think I always will...
    IF...she steps onto it again
    Oh...my heart stand still....

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    Group lessons are fun. There's a few things that will help you tremendously... make sure you have boots that fit well... if you have any discomfort... don't ignore it! They could be too long, too short, too narrow, too wide, too stiff or any other number of things. In beginner classes blades won't matter so much except that you need to have them sharpened regularly.

    Warm up! Even if you only warm up for five minutes before the class (and all practices!)... that's better than nothing. You shouldn't skate with your body and muscles cold... you'll end up hurting yourself. Jog around a bit... jump rope for a few minutes... stand at a counter and do hamstring stretches and toe-touches... sit on the floor and touch your toes and all that sort of stuff. A warm up should leave you just a bit sweaty, but not at all exhausted. When you get on the ice you'll be warm and ready to go!

    Practice! If you're given the opportunity to practice on a day other than the day of your lesson... do it! Keep a journal of your lessons and take it with you to your practices... this will help you stay on top of what you need to do. Try to keep specific notes of instruction from your teacher so you don't fall into bad habits. Our skate school gave us a punch pass that equaled one practice session per group lesson. I ended up needing to buy another punch pass because I practiced so much! My lessons were on Mondays.... I then always tried to get to the rink on Wednesday and Friday every week. Now I skate at least once a day Monday through Friday. The weekends pretty much belong to hockey at the rink.

    I started out in group lessons and now I'm hoping to compete at Adult Nationals next year! I've been testing Moves in the Field and Freestyle. I love skating tremendously. Have fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by synnabun View Post
    I started out in group lessons and now I'm hoping to compete at Adult Nationals next year!
    Synnabun - good luck at Adult Nationals next year!
    I believe!

    I remain totally in AWE of Michelle Kwan.

    This season just hasn't been the same without her.


    I miss seeing her on the ice.
    I think I always will...
    IF...she steps onto it again
    Oh...my heart stand still....

    _________


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    Quote Originally Posted by Deetlebug View Post
    Synnabun - good luck at Adult Nationals next year!
    Ummm... hoping being the key word! Thank you though! I've got a lot of work to do and three tests to pass by the end of the year. I know if I work hard enough I can get it done. I'm actually hoping to get to Juvenile by the end of next year... but that requires an axel and I don't know how likely that will ever be.

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    How do you keep your journal? My boots are coming in soon. I received a pair of brand new freestyle boots with leather soles in size 1 when I was a child, and I used them about one time. I was only seven years old or so, and I am male. I wish I started back then because I could have received free lessons from the skating club which was affiliated with a rink a few blocks from home. I was fitted a couple of weeks ago at the pro shop. I am a little curious about ISI testing. How frequently should I expect to test? I am mobile on the ice, and I am have a progressive attitude.

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    Quote Originally Posted by synnabun View Post
    Ummm... hoping being the key word! Thank you though! I've got a lot of work to do and three tests to pass by the end of the year. I know if I work hard enough I can get it done. I'm actually hoping to get to Juvenile by the end of next year... but that requires an axel and I don't know how likely that will ever be.
    Probably about a likely as you make up your mind for it to be. After all, 90% of skating is mental.
    I believe!

    I remain totally in AWE of Michelle Kwan.

    This season just hasn't been the same without her.


    I miss seeing her on the ice.
    I think I always will...
    IF...she steps onto it again
    Oh...my heart stand still....

    _________


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    welcome to the adult skating world. im in socal myself and have found myself coming back to the rink after a bit of time off. needed to try other things and sports, but somehow my soul was yearning for the ice.

    where do you skate in so cal? one of the rinks in los angeles offers an adult freestyle session on sundays. i'm hoping to try it out tomorrow if my muscles are ready. today they're pretty sore after a couple of hours of skating yesterday.

    there's not much i can add to all the great advice on here except to have plenty of fun and after a really good day/session (as an adult skater!), take a day or two off before you hit the ice. your muscles need to recover, and most likely you'll be tight, and the fantastic moves you were able to pull of the day before seem like junk b/c the expectation is so high after a great session. also don't look down at the ice when you're doing jumps. oh i guess i did have some advice after all.

    well hopefully i'll see you on the ice at a freestyle sometime. it's always nice to have other skaters over 5ft and 14 years old on the ice

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronniev View Post
    welcome to the adult skating world. im in socal myself and have found myself coming back to the rink after a bit of time off. needed to try other things and sports, but somehow my soul was yearning for the ice.

    where do you skate in so cal? one of the rinks in los angeles offers an adult freestyle session on sundays. i'm hoping to try it out tomorrow if my muscles are ready. today they're pretty sore after a couple of hours of skating yesterday.

    there's not much i can add to all the great advice on here except to have plenty of fun and after a really good day/session (as an adult skater!), take a day or two off before you hit the ice. your muscles need to recover, and most likely you'll be tight, and the fantastic moves you were able to pull of the day before seem like junk b/c the expectation is so high after a great session. also don't look down at the ice when you're doing jumps. oh i guess i did have some advice after all.

    well hopefully i'll see you on the ice at a freestyle sometime. it's always nice to have other skaters over 5ft and 14 years old on the ice
    Ha, I'm guilty of that while doing just about everything. Especially on my moves. My coach will yell "what are you looking at?!" and then I adjust and pretend it never happened, lol! You definitely can't look down while doing jumps. I learned that pretty quickly... then began improving greatly. Trusting yourself is really key... at least for me.

    I find myself watching the advanced freestyle kids a lot. Some of them are there "just because" and goof off unless their coach is around... others are always focused on what they should be doing and are amazing to watch.

    I also agree that in the beginning you won't want to be on the ice every day. Your body will need the rest until it has had time to gradually adjust. Even these past few weeks I've found myself skating only every other day. I don't know what but I've been much more exhausted than not lately, and I doubt it has anything to do with skating except for the fact that it is affecting my skating time.

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    Thanks. I am skating in LA County. I am not freestyle yet obviously though I hope to get that far and do well.

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