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Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: This is an expensive sport!
« Last post by Query on July 21, 2017, 06:12:03 PM »
Just to add a few more pennies:

If the injury occurred on ice, or as a result of ice skating, you should include all costs related to handling the injury.

And include the cost of off-ice physical training of all sorts, that you might be doing to support your ice skating.

However... Proper estimation of expenses requires that you estimate the expenses that you save but not doing something else.

So subtract the cost of whatever you might be doing instead of figure skating. Skydiving, gambling at Las Vegas, surfing at Hawaii, Skiing in the Alps, Diving in the Bahamas, eating at $100/plate gourmet restaurants, etc.

See, you are actually saving a lot of money!  :encore
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The Pro Shop / Re: Special skates for synthetic ice
« Last post by Query on July 21, 2017, 05:59:33 PM »
Do you happen to know how common Agility blades are on synthetic ice? Is it only the people who are sponsored by the manufacturer who like it?

I'm thinking that figure skating involves control of very small changes of balance position, with respect to the sweet spot. I'm uncertain how well the concept would carry over to the figure skating world.

I just sent the following suggestions to the supplier, rinks@skateanywhere.ca:

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I just saw the Pavel Barber video

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPui4WPj2Pw

It seems like an ingenious product.

But sharpening looks way too hard and time consuming.

A better sharpening tool would allow you to sharpen while the wheels are mounted. Indeed, I think you could use ordinary machine or hand skate sharpening tools to sharpen them

There are at least two ways to do this:

1. Use a cross grind sharpening wheel. Yes, cross-ground edges tend to be asymmetric - but if you grind it a little one way, then flip the orientation of the skate 180 degrees, and do it some more, you can even things out.

2. Use an ordinary wheel or hand tool, that sharpens along the blade, but use braking jigs to slow down the rotation.
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The Pro Shop / Special skates for synthetic ice
« Last post by AgnesNitt on July 21, 2017, 04:25:33 PM »
For Hockey

This is so weird.

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Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: SkateLoop App
« Last post by FigureSpins on July 21, 2017, 03:23:08 PM »
That gif is mesmerizing.
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Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: This is an expensive sport!
« Last post by Christy on July 21, 2017, 03:08:26 PM »
I know how much I spend on skating and it is a crazy amount. However, there are other areas that I find I spend much less money than before.  I don't really have time to go out as much, so I save a lot of money on dining out and entertainment.  And I spend a lot more time in skating clothes, which means I don't buy as many 'real' clothes, which tend to be more expensive than skating clothes... Every little bit, right??

I look at things on a cost / wear basis so the fact that I spent $60 on leggings 3 years ago and have worn them every week with plans to wear them for a few more years means they were worth the investment. Same with my skates as I wear them most days but if I was only skating once a month I would have got cheaper ones. They work out way better value than a lot of 'real' clothes and shoes.
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Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: This is an expensive sport!
« Last post by Christy on July 21, 2017, 03:03:34 PM »
Normally I do a few hours of off ice each week, although for the last 3 months I've been hampered by an injury I got during off ice and it's lingering so I don't want to stress it.
I tend to scrutinize my equipment costs and try to justify using cost / wear but they have been high thanks to my dodgy feet. However it's the ice time and lessons that have added up to way more than I was expecting because both are normally fairly reasonable, although we do have a few really expensive sessions that I maybe need to rethink.
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Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: SkateLoop App
« Last post by AgnesNitt on July 21, 2017, 12:40:19 PM »
So glad that I have so many things to practice that I don't have to write down a list. No matter what I do, it's practice!

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Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: This is an expensive sport!
« Last post by amy1984 on July 21, 2017, 11:38:58 AM »
Yeah, as a mother who has had teens that excuse for something else that *wasn't* at all good for them, I'd advise you to not criticize your momma.  ☺

Just to be clear, I'm an adult.  Not sure if that gives me more of a right to fire back when she tells me her opinion on how I spend my money :P
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Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: SkateLoop App
« Last post by amy1984 on July 21, 2017, 10:55:31 AM »
So I downloaded this.  It's useful for creating practice lists even without a coach.  It takes a little fiddling around to get used to but once you create practice lists it's quite easy to assign them to a day.  From there you can check them off and assign a time so it tracks your time on ice and how successful you are at your elements.

I'm going to try it out for my next week of skating and see how it goes.  I'll try to remember to update after lol.  No promises though.

The only complaint I have is that it's all American content.  So none of my Canadian skills patterns are there.  I had to create new elements and then promptly lost them as they were filed who knows where.  Managed to find them after a bit more fiddling.  I think some of the dances will be off too because there's places where we differ with the American set up but all the ones I needed were there.  Oh, and setting up a routine - which I think means program - was clunky.  I just wanted to track how often I do my program and there wasn't really an option to do that.  It seems to want you to track each element in the program which isn't necessarily bad, just not what I was looking for.
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Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: This is an expensive sport!
« Last post by Jf12 on July 21, 2017, 10:21:24 AM »
I know how much I spend on skating and it is a crazy amount. However, there are other areas that I find I spend much less money than before.  I don't really have time to go out as much, so I save a lot of money on dining out and entertainment.  And I spend a lot more time in skating clothes, which means I don't buy as many 'real' clothes, which tend to be more expensive than skating clothes... Every little bit, right??
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