As an Adult Figure Skater, I am proud to wear this shirt, “Keep calm and skate on!” Although I cannot remember the talented lady I bought it from, I am proud to be a part of the adult skating community. They are a different part of my extended family and I appreciate each and every one of them. We might be in competition with each other while competing, but each adult skater still has a heart for his or her fellow competitor. It truly is a remarkable thing to be a part of and I have no intentions of walking away from it…ever! I intend to skate as long as I am able and hopefully that will be well into my 80’s. I am 55 now and although the higher level moves cause me to work harder, but it is like that for the younger skaters too. So really, we are not doing anything differently. In fact, I think it takes a whole lot more courage for adults to get out on that ice and master difficult moves. I have been working on my Silver Moves in the Field for three years now. I hope to test in the Fall. Three years is a long time to devote to one test. But, I cannot advance until I pass it. So, I have to maintain my composure and keep myself aligned with my coach and do what he tells me to do. I am ready to add another day of practice which has been much needed for a long time. But, having other commitments, I have not been able to devote myself to the ice like I want to. So, it is a matter of priority.
Skating is not a hobby as some people like to think. It is a lifestyle – from dance, to bike riding, to not exercising as much as I should, or even stretching as much as I know I need to, to eating right and drinking more water is also part of the process. I need to be strong and I need to be healthy. But, I also cannot let the opinions of others who don’t think I should skate, or who do not like my skating attire stop me from the sport I so dearly love. Yes! This happens. I guess some people think women my age should dress more age appropriately out on the ice. Which doesn’t even make sense. I wear yoga pants and general workout clothes. What the hell am I supposed to wear, loose clothes that could get caught on my blades? God forbid, I show a bra strap. I am actually (in my opinion) very modest. I know other younger girls are out on that ice too and I do not want to offend anyone in what I wear. But, it still happens. My presence to some of the younger crowd is offensive. But paying for the ice time, I still belong out on that ice. I have goals that I will complete. I plan to start competing next season, contingent upon my passing my SMF test. Adult skaters skin has to be a whole lot tougher to stick it out and that makes us pretty special people when we do!
Till next time,