At 25, I'm quite ancient compared to those kiddies who start figure skating training right after they learn how to walk. But as an adult figure skater, which I'm quite proud to be, I guess I'm still quite a baby.
Learning to figure skate has always been one of my dreams. When a rink opened up ten-minutes bus ride from home when I was in undergrad, I dreamed of being a figure skater even more. However, too many commitments in and outside of college and too many excuses prevented me from living that dream.
Now, a graduate student in a different city, different country, I find myself living ten-minutes drive away from another ice rink. This time, I know I have to take the chance, otherwise I will regret it for the rest of my life. And I'm so glad I did : )
I started taking group lessons in November, 2011, eight months ago. I already knew how to skate around both backwards and forwards, and could do things like swizzles and two foot turns, so I went straight to the adult intermediate class. First day of the first semester was very frightening. We were to do shoot the ducks, but I didn't even know what a dip was! Bunny hops, three turns, crossovers, all of those things that seem relatively simple to me now was incredibly difficult then, especially when everyone else in the class seemed to be able to do them! But every week I learned something new, and every week, I fell in love with figure skating a little bit more.
Three semesters later, I was half forced, quarter threatened and quarter convinced by our class coach C to step up to the adult advanced class. Another challenge as the skaters in the advanced class were much more advanced than I was. First lesson was more intimidating than that very first day eight months ago. These people were doing double salchows and even double axels when I couldn't even solidly land my loop jump yet. Even crossovers were five times faster than what I'd been used to! Now three weeks into the semester, I'm starting to get used to the fast tempo, and to have a thicker skin and a stronger heart and be brave. I'm so grateful to coach C for pushing me to do more. And so, the story of the jumps and falls of a 25-year-old adult figure skater continues... hopefully for a long time!