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Old May 1st, 2008, 11:52 PM   #1
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Hi to all who have decided to come back after a long retirement from skatingand of course hi to all!
Please share your successes and bruises and we can cheer each other along.
I haven't skated since 1987. But that was just teaching skating. I stopped practicing and competing in 1977. So, it has been 21 years at least since I threw a single axel. I skated then for my mom and now I want to skate for me. So, I already have picked out the music for my first cut for a routine and I have practiced a combination and axel. (on the carpet in my bare feet) My combinations were a waltz jump, loop, single mapes and waltz, euler(sp), salchow or single flip. I tried camel positions and my back will not let me invert over. Too tight. So, this is the beginning of my journey. Thank you for the encouraging feedback, Jim and Steve. Now, I gotta bite the bullet and buy some skates for my fat little tootsies!
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I have decided on a pair of skates so now to order. I need a wide boot for my little bunion friend. I could buy 2.5 x the skates back in the 70's for the same money. Wish I was sam on bewitched and cold wrinkle my nose and my skates be finished, broke in and here.
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Don't keep us in suspense... What are you getting. This is exciting. I know the feeling about getting the new equipment.

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Just a quick update. It seems like I am getting a crowd of young people now at the session skate cheering me as I do my spins. I have had a lot of kids ask for help on how to turn and stop and a lot of basic things. I can't wait to get my jumps back (especially my doubles). They are watching and seeing me relearn everything and maybe it is enough to get them to want to learn. I hope this is the start to rebuilding our art club.

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Don't keep us in suspense... What are you getting. This is exciting. I know the feeling about getting the new equipment.

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Bob,
It seems we have a lot in common... I am so sold on Snyders and they have done me well in the past and they are doing me well now. I'm sure other plates do as well, but I feel that if it ain't broke, don't fix it...

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Hi to all who have decided to come back after a long retirement from skatingand of course hi to all!
Please share your successes and bruises and we can cheer each other along.
I haven't skated since 1987. But that was just teaching skating. I stopped practicing and competing in 1977. So, it has been 21 years at least since I threw a single axel. I skated then for my mom and now I want to skate for me. So, I already have picked out the music for my first cut for a routine and I have practiced a combination and axel. (on the carpet in my bare feet) My combinations were a waltz jump, loop, single mapes and waltz, euler(sp), salchow or single flip. I tried camel positions and my back will not let me invert over. Too tight. So, this is the beginning of my journey. Thank you for the encouraging feedback, Jim and Steve. Now, I gotta bite the bullet and buy some skates for my fat little tootsies!
Hi Cheryl !
Nice seeing this kind of post... Here at this Forum you should be getting lots of encouragement over the next few months from former skaters who have returned ... My husband and I did!

We competed together in 1977 thru 1981. Only achieved State Silver Medals. Nothing higher than that but we sure did have a great time. We skated Dance together, my husband and our Son skated Freestyle in local competitions. We were away from skating for 25 years, our kids and grandkids got us back to skating about 3 years ago. It's the best thing that they could have ever done for us.

The first thing many old timers that had continued skating thru the years told us to do was... "get a coach and let him/her guide you thru the process of re-learning. It will help keep you a little safer". And boy, is that one true! We saw it two times over the last 3 years. A skater returns, jumps right out on the floor and tries to do some of the things they used to do and "WHAM" they're down. They got hurt ... and then they never returned. My husband was trying to impress the ladies one evening and "WHAM", he was down, and he would up with 10 stitches on the back of his head. Even under the guidance of a Coach during our first lesson, just trying to do runs and swings... we tripped each other and went down on our knees! We survived the awkwardness and the falls, and eventually that old feeling came back... we were finally "in sync with each other again".

It has not always been an easy journey but it has been a fun journey. There was 30 to 40 pounds to work off, lazy legs that had 'no muscles' in them, and OH, I am sure you know, "posture" and the lack of it. 25 years of inactivity takes it's toll. A big challange, but, the struggle is well worth it in the end. I have mentioned this before on the Forum, but will mention it again for you... The rewards are fantastic especially if have reached your 50's or 60's... Weight=under control, cholesterol=under control, blood pressure=under control. My husband has been able to go off blood pressure medications since we returned to skating. And that's the best news of all.

My husband has just about everything back that we used to do, right up to the Gold Level of Dance.... Me? It's coming back, but at a much slower pace. I had ordered new boots and they were much to big, so that held me back for the last three months. But now, I have a great fitting boot and in a few weeks when I am used to them we will start working in my progress again. Don't know if I will ever achieve Gold Level Dance again, but as long as we are enjoying what we can do together ... that's what matters.

Best Wishes Cheryl ... and "Enjoy the Ride" !!!

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Hello again Bob and Hi Jim.... yes, I've also hung onto my old Snyder Imperials. Only for the sentimental value, and they do still work great. But, my husband and I are not going to compete this time around so we can still use them... There is a pic of my old Snyder's with my new boots posted on my profile page. It's a whole different world for todays competitive skater and they need to have the advantages that the newer plates offer.

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Jim, indeed I do think we have quite a bit in common. I just got back from the rink, my best night yet. Some moves are coming back as well as my confidence. If I wasn't skating, I was sitting singing along with the tunes the organist was playing, a beautiful, beautiful night. BTW Ragina, you and Kenny looked GREAT doing the waltz!

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Jim, indeed I do think we have quite a bit in common. I just got back from the rink, my best night yet. Some moves are coming back as well as my confidence. If I wasn't skating, I was sitting singing along with the tunes the organist was playing, a beautiful, beautiful night. BTW Ragina, you and Kenny looked GREAT doing the waltz!

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Thank You Bob!!! And it felt pretty good considering I've only had the new boots for a week!!! Can't wait for the next couple of weeks to pass, then I will be so much more comfortable in them. Kenny is getting anxious to work on my turns and backward edges again!

Your doing a great job at the Shuffle too Bob! and BTW... you have already earned the right to the new T-shirt!!! Give Tami a hug from us... See you next week!
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Last night I went to Spinnations in Port Richey, Fl.. It was an interesting night. They have wood floor and it's very well maintained. My problem is that I am not use to such a tight floor. I could barely do 3 turns and my spins were extremely difficult to enter. My wheels gripped so hard it would almost cause me to flip over on the initial edge transition from front outside to innerback. I took a wild fall, but did no harm. Got back up and attempted the spin several times before nailing it. I hate to lose (no matter how bad it hurts). I think that before I go back, I need to be a lot better and either get a set of Bones 103's or set of FoMac FreeStyle. There were some fantastic things about Spinnations Rink. It was a nice big floor and wood. It didn't hurt near as bad as concrete and it was very level. The music was great and it was an adult only session. The people there seemed friendly. A few came up to me and talked, but when I left, most of them looked at me and nodded, which was nice. Ok, enough for now...

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Hi Cheryl !
Nice seeing this kind of post... Here at this Forum you should be getting lots of encouragement over the next few months from former skaters who have returned ... My husband and I did!

We competed together in 1977 thru 1981. Only achieved State Silver Medals. Nothing higher than that but we sure did have a great time. We skated Dance together, my husband and our Son skated Freestyle in local competitions. We were away from skating for 25 years, our kids and grandkids got us back to skating about 3 years ago. It's the best thing that they could have ever done for us.

The first thing many old timers that had continued skating thru the years told us to do was... "get a coach and let him/her guide you thru the process of re-learning. It will help keep you a little safer". And boy, is that one true! We saw it two times over the last 3 years. A skater returns, jumps right out on the floor and tries to do some of the things they used to do and "WHAM" they're down. They got hurt ... and then they never returned. My husband was trying to impress the ladies one evening and "WHAM", he was down, and he would up with 10 stitches on the back of his head. Even under the guidance of a Coach during our first lesson, just trying to do runs and swings... we tripped each other and went down on our knees! We survived the awkwardness and the falls, and eventually that old feeling came back... we were finally "in sync with each other again".

It has not always been an easy journey but it has been a fun journey. There was 30 to 40 pounds to work off, lazy legs that had 'no muscles' in them, and OH, I am sure you know, "posture" and the lack of it. 25 years of inactivity takes it's toll. A big challange, but, the struggle is well worth it in the end. I have mentioned this before on the Forum, but will mention it again for you... The rewards are fantastic especially if have reached your 50's or 60's... Weight=under control, cholesterol=under control, blood pressure=under control. My husband has been able to go off blood pressure medications since we returned to skating. And that's the best news of all.

My husband has just about everything back that we used to do, right up to the Gold Level of Dance.... Me? It's coming back, but at a much slower pace. I had ordered new boots and they were much to big, so that held me back for the last three months. But now, I have a great fitting boot and in a few weeks when I am used to them we will start working in my progress again. Don't know if I will ever achieve Gold Level Dance again, but as long as we are enjoying what we can do together ... that's what matters.

Best Wishes Cheryl ... and "Enjoy the Ride" !!!

Regina, I really appreciate your story. I really believe this is a good move for me. I may even compete. Who knows? I am so glad to hear from everyone. I am definitely taking advice. I have never done a comback or had to lose weight or anything. You have given many good ideas about taking care and doing this right. Another person really advised the training before jumping again as well. Wisdom is good to learn from someone elses' experience, don't you think? Once I get those stiff boots on, I am sure I will be complaining here since you all will understand. I haven't broke in boots since the 70's.
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..... Once I get those stiff boots on, I am sure I will be complaining here since you all will understand. I haven't broke in boots since the 70's.
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So what have you decided on for your set up???? Let us know if you have ordered yet, and how you are making out with the new skates if you have them ... have you found a club to join? or a coach to sign up with? And what kind of practice sessions have you been able to find????

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I have received my plates, wheels, and bearings! Today! I am waiting on my boots. I ordered a wide boot and have to wait while it is being made. My equipment list is as follows.
I pretty much just listened to all of you, specifically Jim Morton.
Reidell 297
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A pretty penny, I might add.
Thanks for all your encouragement. The wheel is about to turn.
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Cheryl,
It is an expensive combination, but you could have spent more than twice that on another combination of parts. I am sure you will be very happy with the Advantage plates. Let me know how the 297 professional boots feel and work. For doing FreeStyle, Dance and Figures, I really think you have a great pair of skates. Very well rounded. The Bones Elite should stick like glue and still roll very smooth. I am thinking of going with the 297 as my next pair instead of sticking with the goldstars.
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My comeback journey was a little different than most. I almost died in a motorcycle accident in 1988. At the time of the accident I owned a roller rink, but had not competed in over 20 years. I started competing again for the exercise and because I have always loved skating. My husband and I still own a rink and this is my 5th year back in competition.
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My comeback journey was a little different than most. I almost died in a motorcycle accident in 1988. At the time of the accident I owned a roller rink, but had not competed in over 20 years. I started competing again for the exercise and because I have always loved skating. My husband and I still own a rink and this is my 5th year back in competition.
Wonderful! So glad you are enjoying life!
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I haven't skated since 1987. But that was just teaching skating. I stopped practicing and competing in 1977. So, it has been 21 years at least since I threw a single axel. I skated then for my mom and now I want to skate for me. So, I already have picked out the music for my first cut for a routine and I have practiced a combination and axel. (on the carpet in my bare feet) My combinations were a waltz jump, loop, single mapes and waltz, euler(sp), salchow or single flip. I tried camel positions and my back will not let me invert over. Too tight. So, this is the beginning of my journey. Thank you for the encouraging feedback, Jim and Steve. Now, I gotta bite the bullet and buy some skates for my fat little tootsies!

Hi Cheryl,

And welcome. I haven't written on here in quite a while, but am happy to share in your triumphs and pitfalls. I have had a couple of 20 year hiatus' myself...that gives you a small clue as to my age...old, haha. You don't state your age, but that's great you are doing axel & combinations already. It took me a little longer when I returned, as I wanted to get strong before rushing into something my body couldn't handle or get hurt and not be able to continue on. Did shows. It's funny, the mind recalls, but the body doesn't always cooperate. But in due time, you will be strong enough, and your prior experience will kick in. And, you really can teach an old dog new tricks .

I have had problems with getting my invert back as well. I get over, but can't pull out of it... ha-ha. Yeah, boots have been a consistent problem for me due to these crazy little bunions I've developed over the course of my lifetime . I took this past year off, so I will not compete at regionals this year...but planning for next season though. I will be skating Novice Ladies Freestyle. And I've just started to do some figures for the first time ! Eeek, that's more scary than f.s. No toe stops!!! Look forward to communicating with you. It is definitely a journey worth taking for me, and I'm sure you'll feel the same .
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And welcome. I haven't written on here in quite a while, but am happy to share in your triumphs and pitfalls. I have had a couple of 20 year hiatus' myself...that gives you a small clue as to my age...old, haha. You don't state your age, but that's great you are doing axel & combinations already. It took me a little longer when I returned, as I wanted to get strong before rushing into something my body couldn't handle or get hurt and not be able to continue on. Did shows. It's funny, the mind recalls, but the body doesn't always cooperate. But in due time, you will be strong enough, and your prior experience will kick in. And, you really can teach an old dog new tricks .

I have had problems with getting my invert back as well. I get over, but can't pull out of it... ha-ha. Yeah, boots have been a consistent problem for me due to these crazy little bunions I've developed over the course of my lifetime . I took this past year off, so I will not compete at regionals this year...but planning for next season though. I will be skating Novice Ladies Freestyle. And I've just started to do some figures for the first time ! Eeek, that's more scary than f.s. No toe stops!!! Look forward to communicating with you. It is definitely a journey worth taking for me, and I'm sure you'll feel the same .
Dear Pacific sk8tr, it is sooo good to hear from you. I want to clarify the axel in combo was in socks on carpet and I cheated the axel 1/4 turn!
I told my hubby I need a bar to invert on....I am not sure if my back will flip. Funny how your body gets out of shape. I think that I will take a picture of my first day on skates. Maybe a video. And then I can put a link to youtube for a journal kind of thing. My heart is in freestyle, but not sure of the body. What is novice? What is the age level and skill level. Since I have been out so long does it matter where I placed previously? I may try a meet in Nov.??????!!!! Good luck on the figures. And thanks for the inspiration.
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Pacific Sk8tr, I am 47........and weigh about 30 lbs more than I normally do which is 45 lbs more than I should!!!
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