My name is Christie, aka “Lake Placid Skater”. Some of you might recognize me from my blog, Lake Placid Skater, which is considered the premier source of information about skating from Lake Placid. There’s a good chance you don’t recognize me at all, which is cool also.

This blog is about a journey, and a challenge.

Four years ago, I was still competing in figure skating. I was in shape, healthy, and contemplating either joining an ice show or more competition. Then college started.

Most figure skaters will tell you that college tends to limit intensive training. Certainly, there are exceptions (like Emily Hughes, who was attending Harvard and competing on an International level at the same time) but for the most part, there just isn’t enough time to stay on top of your studies while maintaining a training schedule. Even though I stayed local, attending a school that was 15 minutes from Lake Placid, I was still struggling to get to the gym and the rink. I started to over-eat, and the “freshman 15” grew to the “freshman 30” over four years. And because of frequent transfers (it’s a long story) I haven’t even finished school yet!

This past winter, I was given the opportunity to write a book on the History of Figure Skating in Lake Placid for the History Press. I was also in school full-time, so spent most of my time typing, researching, and completing various school projects. As you can imagine, there wasn’t much time left for skating. I speed skated recreationally, got to the rink a few times a week (if I was lucky) and tried to stop eating candy bars. Naturally, that didn’t work as well as I expected.

During the book project, I realized how much I missed skating. Of course, I didn’t miss the stress of competion; the mental games the other competitors played with each other; the occasionally tense atmosphere at the rink before a big competitions when emotions and stress were running high. But I did miss the sport itself, the purity of skating across the smooth ice surface, letting my body move with the music, the thrill of performing in shows before an appreciative crowd. I also realized that, if I didn’t finish my goals now, I might never do so–or worse, come back when it was too late. I had seen both scenarios played out more times than I could count, and remembered my former coach shaking his head when a skater wanted to come back, after years of no skating, to either compete or take “one last test”. “You’ll never be able to come back now,” he would say. “It’s too late”. I was now determined that it would not be too late for me.

This blog will be a chronicle of my journey to lose weight, get in shape, and re-gain my skating skills, all to take my Senior Free Skating Test. The highest freestyle test, this is the last step in Freestyle skating. I had earned my gold medal in Moves in the Field four years ago, but had never quite committed fully to the Senior Free Skate. Now I am, and I plan to “go the distance” to finally achieve this goal. My journey might take me to places other than Lake Placid; I will explore new skating techniques, refine my diet, and practice new off-ice activities to get fit. I hope you enjoy reading about my adventures.

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