Considering I only tend to skate for 60-90 minutes at a time now, while I get into shape, it’s really not too much more expensive to do freestyle sessions ($9.50 vs $13). I’m a DINK, I can afford it. And this is only coming up because hockey starts again soon and the only public skate will be Friday Saturday and Sunday. Fri and sat are madhouses, I need more time to practice.
Based on feedback from others and yourself, definitely start with some coaching on your first few freestyle sessions and ask the coach to help ease your transition. Most skaters recognize a new, less advanced skater and are more forgiving at first. You’ll get the hang of it pretty quickly as an adult. It can be very productive working on freestyle sessions! No matter when you start there will be an adjustment period. Might as well start now.