|Left skate, lace, candle; A still life Haiku question; Will it stay tightened?|
I'm talking about skate laces not my hair. Try as I might, my left skate in particular gets loose after about 30 minutes of skating. This is most annoying as the 30 minute mark is just about the time that ancient leg muscles get warmed up. I talked with the owner of our rink's Pro Shop about this (he's a hockey player) and he recommended waxing the laces with a little candle wax. I've done a little google search snooping and there's a fair bit of posting both pro and con about waxing skate laces to keep them tight, but only in reference to hockey skates. Is this a bad idea for figure skates? It seems there's only one way to find out. So your ever faithful diarist shall, for better or worse, test this idea to see if it's sound advice or a brain fart. It seems counter-intuitive but who am I to question the council of professionals--at least until I've tried it? Stay tuned.