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So as I mentioned before, I'm not very good at keeping up with journals. More or less it boils down to a lack of subject to report on. But I have come to a solution to save this journal from becoming a void.

Ice Skating.

Yes, Ice skating.

Last March, I decided to take up figure skating. It goes without saying that Yuri on Ice was definitely an influence behind my motivation; however, that alone can only take you so far. As a matter of fact, I've always been into figure skating as a sport and always wanted to learn. Despite a past traumatizing childhood experience.

It's not the first time an anime/show had motivated me to take up a sport. In college, I joined a tennis class because of Prince of Tennis. (Mind you the show exaggerated the sport but it still had all the facts.) And I had a lot of fun playing in single and pair events. In the final week of class, I tied in first place in our class tournament. (not too shabby.)

Alas, I don't get to play Tennis because I don't have a partner to play with ;n;

I still have my gear and always willing to play.

Fast forward to March 2017. As a reward to myself for passing my Midpoint Review for my Graduate Thesis, I went to a free try-out skating session at the old rink I went as a kid. I was super excited to get back on the ice after so many years and I ended up loving it.

At my first lesson, I wasn't sure how the structure was handled. It turns out that in the adult class are a various levels; some having more experience than others and the coaches (at the time) were there to help you work on what you wanted to learn. As a total beginner, I had no idea and I felt lost. Nevertheless, my first lesson was doing "Crossovers" (the transfer of weight from one foot as you crossover the other foot.)

I could barely skate backwards, let alone trust my feet to distribute my weight on ice. Luckily, I had free access to public skating sessions at the home rink and I spent 3 hours practicing and working my leg muscles to skate backwards and the other techniques I learned at the free try-out.

-Forward Swizzle
-Backwards skating
-Rocking Horse

Initially, I was rather self-conscious about skating at my age and starting so late. I didn't think there was much I could do with figure skating other than just a hobby and I was cool with that. Just being able to do what professional skaters do was exciting enough.

At my next public skate session, I started practicing Crossovers. It was frustrating to battle my weight, fear, and not understanding the construct. Which resulted my first bad spill on the ice where my toepick caught the ice and I fell forward on my right shoulder. It must've been a bad fall cause the whole rink paused like deers in headlights.

Falling is to be expected. It's part of the game.

After my spill, I did my best to skate it off and continue practicing but I called it quits when I couldn't hold up my arm anymore.

Injuries: busted shoulder, bruised knee and hip.

My bruises healed just fine but my shoulder took two months to heal completely.

More or less, I was pretty traumatized doing crossovers on my left side for while but eventually pushed through the fear and I can do both right and left forward crossovers.


So after the first lesson, I wasn't really liking the structure of the classes. Also, the rink was 20 minutes away from my house so if I wanted to practice, I'd practically had to plan a morning there (stay for 3 hours or so). I decided that I should move my home rink to one closer to my house.

I canceled my lessons at the other rink and joined the new home rink, The Kroc Ice Arena. The class structure had a better set up. The adult course are divided up into: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. Then there's additional classes that are focused on jumps and spin (Beginner-Advanced). To say the least, I much prefer this structure over what I had, although I'm grateful for the "sink or swim" discipline for most things. I feel like I have a stronger foundation at Kroc.

More later.


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