My first day as a Level 2 Adult figure skater – It’s Swizzle time!

Rock Candy Swizzles

Excitement level: High
Rink temperature: Colder than necessary, even for a skating rink
Number of falls: Possibly less than 10

I proudly fiddle with my name badge, which clearly shows any of the people looking at me that I am a Level TWO figure skater now. Not that any of the parents or hockey players sitting on the benches are here to watch me, but I’m pretty sure the Adult Class is the best entertainment they get all day. And if watching grown adults sprawl across the ice in a most ungainly manner is your idea of humor, then I am a comedy all-star.

In the previous four-week session, I mastered the ability to actually skate, in a forward manner, for a decent distance. I tentatively learned to skate backwards as well. (Okay, fine, I still can’t figure out to do any of the “stops” so I kill off my momentum by hitting the wall, which is surprisingly flexible. The wall bounces me off and I drift backward. That counts, right?)

We are now learning to skate backwards intentionally and I am finding it very hard. The good part is that when I fall, I now fall forward. This is slightly more graceful than falling backward. If anyone asks, I can pretend I had the sudden urge to do ice push-ups.

Ah, but wait. The instructor corrects me – she says I should not be falling forward. If anything, I should be falling backward. I am doing it wrong. I listen attentively and correct my weight balance, and promptly fall backward. I took her down to the ice with me though, so at least I had some company.

We are also learning a basic skill called “swizzles.” You point your skates in opposite directions and slowly slide into something close to the middle splits, or what we adults call the “YEEEOOOW” position. Before your legs split off from your body, you slide them back in. If done correctly, you make a shape on the ice like a short, fat, goldfish. So little kids learning to skate call them “fishes.” I call them “#$#%@*&% fish swizzles” and my fish are so narrow they are clearly starving to death.

I had a moment of very high self-esteem when I correctly performed three swizzles in a row. It was obliterated when the instructor announced it was now time to do the swizzles backward.

If you missed the story about my first day as a figure skater, check it out here: My First Day as an Adult Figure Skater

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  1. My first day as a Level 3 Adult figure skater – Crossovers are death. « Million Ideas

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