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JULY 23, 2013 • 05:00 AM

THE CUTTING EDGE

Once again the Culver City Ice Rink’s coaching carousel spun into play again this week, and for the third straight class we had a substitute coach. This time it was Aurora (call me “Ro”), who had coached the class I missed earlier so most of the other guys were familiar with her, and I did at least recognize her from seeing her around the rink as she is one of the figure skating coaches. Since we’re all still learning how to skate I was actually kind of happy about getting some instruction from a different (i.e. figure skater’s) perspective. I guess you can probably thank the movie The Cutting Edge for this one, as that was the film that permanently disavowed me of the notion that figure skating wasn’t that difficult. It’s also one of the very few romantic comedies I’ve ever sat through from start to finish and actually enjoyed, but don’t tell anyone that. It’ll be our secret.

So today had the good and the bad – the good comes from a few seconds here and there when I was skating at a decent clip I did not have to actually think about what I was doing. There were a few warmup laps where I was able to really pick up some decent speed, and with the right form, and there is something really liberating and exhilarating about moving quickly on a pair of ice skates. Sometimes it’s all too easy to look past that and think about something else, but at its foundation ice skating is a tremendously enjoyable and rewarding physical activity – feeling the cool air on your face, and feeling and hearing those satisfying sounds of your skate blades interacting with the ice surface.

And the bad comes from the tail end of class. Until then I did well enough – we spent a lot of the class practicing starts and stops and crossovers, but then when it was time to try backwards crossovers I just could not do them – on either side. It was the exact opposite of earlier, and now I was having to think about every move of my feet while being repeatedly unsuccessful at what I was trying to do. Now, there is a learning curve because they are tricky moves, to an extent, but what I really started to think is that I’m just not out on the ice enough yet. I’m just not. All of a sudden I had this image of running off to some kind of power skating camp in Minnesota where I could spend several hours a day learning how to skate. But between now and then I need to start getting out there more. I have to find a way to do that. I’m already pressed for time, but I have to make time.

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