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Ice, Ice, Baby!

We’re in Lake Placid!

Home to the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics…and they don’t let you forget it :)

I am participating in an adult skating weekend here from Thursday through Sunday. All of your ice time is included and then you pay for group and private lessons separately.

We stayed at Cascade Acres on route 73 just over a mile out of town. Fabulous location. Amenities…sucked. This was mainly a mobile home park with an oval field for RVs. Touted as 30 amp power, we arrived after the office was closed to find a curiously shaped outlet that was most definitely NOT 30 amp. Because their hookups were on the wrong side for us, out sewer hose wouldn’t reach. We sped to the nearest hardware store to buy a connecting sewer hose and a 15 amp adapter 15 minutes before closing.

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Central Carolina Classic

When we were planning our trip to North Carolina I checked out the nearby rinks and saw that one was having a USFS skating competition while we were planning on being there and that I had one day left to register. Done! It doesn’t usually work out so nicely. The skating calender runs from June 30th to June 30th, so this will be my last competition for the year. I’m hoping to be ready for the ISI Adult Nationals which are in October, being held in San Francisco this year.

I’ve never had any friends come to see me skate before so I was super excited to have my friend, Willow, from high school, who I hadn’t seen in 20 years, asked if she could come watch me skate. Yay!

After the events were posted I knew that I was the only skater in each of my events so I wasn’t nervous at all for the competition, to me it was just an exhibition. But I was excited to see my old friend!

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Exploring Durham

This week has been crazy! But in a great way. Jason was able to work out of his company’s office, which is about 20 minutes from here, and I’ve been skating every morning in preparation for my competition this Saturday.

The rink is 15-20 minutes away in a multi-sports facilitiy, much like a town rec center. The second best thing is that the freestyle sessions only cost $8.50 for 45 minutes — other places I’ve been to cost between $11 and $17 for a 45 min session! And the BEST thing about the facility here, is that I usually have the entire rink to myself for most of the session! Woohoo! I’ve had to share with 5 people at the most. This is bliss :)

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Stone Mountain, GA

Hello Georgia: Land of pecans, peaches and RAIN! I think we just picked an unfortunate spring week to visit the Atlanta area because there were very few breaks in the storms for the entire week. I think we may have only seen the sun for a fleeting moment. That altered our plans slightly since no one was very keen on sightseeing in the rain.

We were able to catch up with some college friends that we haven’t seen in way too many years. We enjoyed a  wonderful evening spent getting reacquainted and letting our kids play together; we also may have enjoyed a bit too much wine ;)

Stone Mountain was gorgeous!

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The Road Less Traveled

What a day!

It started simply enough; I wanted to go skating. I haven’t been on the ice since the competition and seeing all my fellow skaters posting comments on facebook made me jealous. I couldn’t go to RDV in Orlando because they had a competition going on this weekend and limited sessions so I opted for the ice rink in Kissimmee. It was 29 miles away and it took me 40 minutes to drive there. Its really nice having a car with us! I arrived 10 minutes before the published session to a locked and deserted rink. Hmm, not a good sign. Five minutes later someone arrives and happily, she works there. She groomed the ice and then told me that payment was to be made to the coaches since this was a freestyle session. Okay…there was no one else there! She conceded and let me go on the ice anyway since I’m over 18 :)

It was awesome to have the whole rink to myself again! Lately the sessions I’ve been skating at have been quite crowded. Calm. Relaxed. Awesomeness. The time off and pressure-free atmosphere did wonders. I was jumping higher and landing jumps I haven’t tried in ages. The ice was very peculiar, however, having a soft, almost sponge like quality to it. But I adjusted. After 45 minutes or so, a coach arrived and I was able to pay her.