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Thread: Finding You Love Skating too Late

  1. #16
    Rinkside
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    It is never too late. USFS has an adult program that now includes young adult. There is a testing structure and events here and when you are older, all over the world. The devil himself showed up to award us our medals in Oberstdorf two weeks ago. One of the greatest attribute of skating is it is a lifelong activity! I know many who started in their twenties and have all their doubles and perform level 4 spins. BTW I started at 43 and skate pairs and free and am as fit as I was at twenty five (now 53)

    http://www.usfsa.org/Programs.asp?id=46

  2. #17
    Rinkside
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    Congrats on getting started skating. If it makes you feel better, I'm at least 25 years older than you and I started skating about 18 months ago. I'm taking lessons and learning very basic moves but I'm so glad I did it. Better to start late than not start at all. And if you stick with it long enough, you never know what might be in your future in terms of competing as an Adult. If you want to try pairs or dance, there may be an Adult male skater who wants to try it too. Or as your skills improve, you may be ready to partner with someone a little more experienced. Good luck and keep at it.
    Regarding skates, I have a nice pair of Riedells that were around $150 on sale. If I get to the point of doing any jumps, may want to trade up eventually, but for an advanced beginner they're great.

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    Hi all, just thought I'd give you all a quick update, since you've all been so kind with advice I'm finishing up my first two-month semester on Thursday and have signed up for one more of group lessons (although the class sizes are ridiculously small and we keep losing students so it's practically semi-private lessons now). Currently learning to hold an edge on a circle, make figure-eight-style turns on one foot and on two feet, and work on simple two-foot spins.
    My instructor sent me to a skate shop with an owner whose expertise she swears by so that I can finally ditch the horrid blue plastic rentals. Sounded simple enough, and since I know very little about skates, I took her word and trusted the guy. Came home today with a pair of Jackson Freestyles, which the skate guy says he puts most non-competitive adults in but which my instructor was a little surprised to hear and says they might be a bit too high-level for me. Am currently panicking that I've made a huge mistake- any reassurances? Or did I really blow it? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bwayrose7 View Post
    Hi all, just thought I'd give you all a quick update, since you've all been so kind with advice I'm finishing up my first two-month semester on Thursday and have signed up for one more of group lessons (although the class sizes are ridiculously small and we keep losing students so it's practically semi-private lessons now). Currently learning to hold an edge on a circle, make figure-eight-style turns on one foot and on two feet, and work on simple two-foot spins.
    My instructor sent me to a skate shop with an owner whose expertise she swears by so that I can finally ditch the horrid blue plastic rentals. Sounded simple enough, and since I know very little about skates, I took her word and trusted the guy. Came home today with a pair of Jackson Freestyles, which the skate guy says he puts most non-competitive adults in but which my instructor was a little surprised to hear and says they might be a bit too high-level for me. Am currently panicking that I've made a huge mistake- any reassurances? Or did I really blow it? Thanks.
    Don't panic. Adults often need boots that are indicated for a higher level than we are. There's a simple reason for this: we're heavier.

    Example: I'm in Elites, which are rated for doubles. I'm working on my Lutz. They're the perfect support for me.

  5. #20
    Rinkside
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    Same here

  6. #21
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    I first set foot on ice at 24 and fell instantly in love. Quit two years later and am just now getting back into it at 34. I used to dream of pair skating but it seemed impossible to find adult women interested in pairs so I never did (actually I did try briefly with someone, but differences in age, skill, and seriousness made it a short-lived experience). I think potential partners are out there if you're able/willing to relocate at least. But I'm happy working on single freestyle now, trying to get my skills back up and hopefully beyond where I was before!

    Regarding the skates - I think you'll be just fine. Just give them time to break in. I went with high-level boots and blades from the beginning and have no regrets.

  7. #22
    Rinkside
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    Hi,
    I'm new to this forum but I saw this and immediately related to it. I'm 18 and I just started skating at the beginning of this month. I've done ballet for my whole life, but about 3 years ago I started dating my current boyfriend who was a competitive pairs skater. I've become closely acquainted with many of the skaters at his rink and some have even become good friends. I would go to all the shows and I would buy the icenetwork year subscription to watch them at competitions. My boyfriend quit skating at the beginning of the summer so that he could focus on school, but I decided I wanted to learn how to skate. I have had 3 lessons so far and I've been attending some of the public skate sessions so that I could work on catching up with some of the others in my class. Basically, I take an Adult Basic Skills class and there are about 6 of us who are all at different levels of skating. There are two other girls around my age. At the beginning of my lessons three weeks ago, all I could do was skate forward and balance on one foot. As of today, I have accomplished forward crossovers, backwards skating and crossovers, inside and outside edges on a figure 8, attitudes, pivots, and I've begun learning the basic two foot spin as well as 3-turns. I can also make a good attempt at spirals. I feel overwhelmed with the amount that I've learned in such a short amount of time and I am so excited! Currently I am skating in SP Teri skates that are two sizes too big as I wait for my Jackson Freestyles to come in (they were on backorder :( ). I get awful blisters and today after I took off my skates my ankle was bleeding, but I am still always so excited to get out there and skate. I absolutely love it. I'm hoping to learn ice dance, but if not I've been told I'd make a great pairs partner because of my size haha I guess we'll see!

    Anyway, I'm super inspired to see all of these posts by late starters. It feels great to know I'm not alone!

  8. #23
    On the Ice
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    How has it been going, btw? Have you been skating?

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    Rinkside
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    I started skating aged 42!

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    Good for you, Kinkie Tinkie

    Welcome to Golden Skate.

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