These days when Lily and I go for a session with the coach it's a matter of keeping Lily on the ice while I get some more training. I'm a really good student: I learn all the same tricks every week! It's hard to remember what a half flip is vs a toe loop vs any kind of lutz. But oh so long ago I thought I'd never get a backward one foot glide, or any kind of crossover. But I did, and those are fun now. The goal was to be able to do something on purpose that put me off both feet and back down on the ice without breaking anything. I guess I've made that goal, but we can modify it to "jump with a spin" -- that will take a long while yet!
I'm an old dog, and these new tricks don't come cheap. I've been sore in all joints, sprained wrists, bruised my butt a million times, smacked myself into a concussion once, and broken a rib. I've been the only middle aged man in classes of little girls, and I've fallen enough times in front of enough people that I really don't have a lot of shame left. I decided that falling means I'm trying really hard, and for the most part it pays off. I'll never be as good as the older guys in the club who compete, but I have fun, pay my dues, and every once in a while when all of the stars align and I get two or three moves in a row that just flow together I feel like a pretty, pretty ballerina. But in a manly way. :)
I don't really have any "plans" for my skating career, but as long as Lily skates, I'll skate. It's a wonderful father-daughter sport, and it's a lot of fun. If she told me I was embarrassing her I'd quit in a moment -- but I would probably look for a new club. :)
The Ice Show
I'm essentially Simon in a Simon-says game on the ice. I corral them in the right general direction, and when the two year old wanders into the middle of the ice looking for mommy and daddy, I zoom in and gently redirect her back to the group. I spend a lot of time doing that. And yeah, I said two. Ages in our group of ten (!) range from 2 to 7, and you'd be surprised where the skill levels hash out -- you can't tell who'll be good until they zoom past you on the ice. But it's a lot of fun and I get to help these kids have some fun and be in a show. And I get to drop a crossover in there once in a while. Jill says I need to throw more tricks in there, but I'll play it by ear. It's nice not to have a waltz jump to worry about.
Initially I was worried this wouldn't be enough for me, but it really is. And I think if they want me back I'll do it again next year. I would be fine being the Cuteness Wrangler every year. They may be cuter than me, but I can out-skate a two year old any day!