It only took me 32 years, but I am persistent if nothing else. Of course I probably should deduct all the years in between now and 1981 when I finished my Masters degree at the University of Delaware and moved to the University of Maryland before I was ready to test on the ice. In those days Maryland didn't give a hoot in hell about figure skating and even now skating is a limited sport at UM. Perhaps a more meaningful metric is that it took me almost exactly a year to move from Delta to FS-1.
So now I get to brag a little: how many skaters can claim they're better in their 60s than they were in their 30s? Of course it helps to have a relatively small hill to climb, but bragging rights are bragging rights! To be honest, I did have to retest on one element: the two foot spin. During my "program" I only got five and a half rotations of the required six revs. Upon retesting I somehow managed stay off my drag picks long enough to squeak out the missing half rotation.
Up to this point most of what I was encountering during lessons was familiar territory. Perhaps introduced in a diffrent order and taught in a different way from back in the 70s but still noddingly familiar. Getting my body to do some of them again took a lot of convincing. Beyond this point lies terra incognita. How many rungs will I climb on the Free-Style ladder? Good question. I tend to take things a rung at a time so not to become too dispirited. My current group lesson instructor told me that I'll hate FS-2, not because of how she judges my potential but more because all of her past students have struggled with this level. I plan on engauging a coach for private ice dance lessons as well as continuing with FS in the group. With my current minimum of accumulated skills, I think now is the time to explore whether or not I have the musicallity to skate and chew gum at the same time. We shall see!