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Old June 9th, 2016, 11:29 PM   #1
..., therefore, I skate.
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Default Ice Ice Baby

After 27 years on wheels, I'm considering returning to a lesser love. Main reason, the nearest indoor rink is 200 miles round trip, and the only good session has me returning home at nearly 11.00 PM, way past my bed time.

If I do, I will most likely keep my Reidell Tribute boots, and save my Roll-Line mistrals for some future adventure; might mount them to my old 297s in case I wanted to roller skate somewhere.

I believe the 336 boot will be better suited for the ice than it is for artistic. It has never been as comfortable as the 297, stiffer than I like for dance. I also believe, a Roll-line mistral 170 is one size too large for my size 8 1/2 boot. However, I might like it better if it would have been mounted just a tad bit forward.

My fear of returning to ice is because the last time I skated on ice was in about 2000. I was skating on a pair of Reidell royal boots, which I did not know, had a set of blades which were improperly sized, incorrectly mounted, and never correctly sharpened. The ice had just been resurfaced, a slight sheen remaining when the Zamboni operator blew the whistle to return to skating.

Here's what causes my fear of returning: All of the things I mentioned above came together at the wrong time when I attempted to do a simple waltz jump, and I slipped on take off, fell while in rotation, and knocked myself out.

Because I was still roller skating a couple times a week, I decided wheels were a better choice, the roller rink had a great sound system, and you could actually hear the music. The ice rink in our arena has a very high ceiling, and a poor sound system. I need music. It's all about the beat.

Even though, as I found out after leaving the ice what an improper setup I was using, I was still able to perform some things on ice which were easier than on wheels. The opposite is true.

In case you are wondering, here is what was wrong with my old ice skates: one blade was a half size larger. The person who mounted them had the blades lined up with the seam on the toe of the boots. Back then, I was quite ignorant of such things. It was only after I returned to the ice rink to talk to the pro; I learned of the main reason I was struggling with edges; the improper mount, dull blades.

As I was becoming conscious, a friend who saw what happened, came to my assistance, asking if I was alright. My request to him was for the DJ to turn off the music, of which there was none. I could have sworn I was hearing Jimi Hendrix guitar music twanging in my head. Yep, I had my bell rung.

I'll be 73 this year. As much as I love skating, I hate smacking my head on ice. However, nothing compares to skating. For now, I'll think about it.
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Old June 10th, 2016, 03:06 AM   #2
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Oh yea I,forgot how different/slippery ice was right after the zamboni went. Took a bit to get used to the renewed surface. I never did art on ice but I used to ice skate in Denver. Your 73 you can stay up as late as you want, no reason to quit if your still able to roll.
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Old June 10th, 2016, 05:40 AM   #3
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Smile Dear Skate84luv

There must be reason why you moved to Oregon. And itís probably the reason why you will stay. I have to admit, Iím lucky to have found Fountain Valley Skating Center. Itís really a blessing in disguise.

You know a couple years ago their floor was in need of desperate repair. They fixed it and put in a brand new floor. Lucky meÖLOL!

I have only had two injuries in skating. One was on ice skates. I tried to do a double turn jump/mapes on ice skates. When I came down the blade dug into the ice and my body kept twisting. I tore the ligaments in my left knee. It really never healed, but Iím hoping through lots of skating the muscles will cover up the injury.

It pops out once in a while and I have to massage it to get it back into joint. But it always goes back in and I skate just fineÖlol! I donít want to get it operated on. I have done just well for over 40 years. That is why I had to stop roller skating competitive freestyle, which meant that I had to stop skating, because I wasnít skating anything else at the time. I had given up on dance and devoted all my time to singles.

So ice skating can be dangerous if you donít know what you are doing.
I really feel sorry for you. Ask the good Lord for advice. I think the answers will come.

Sincerely, your friend,
Larry O
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