|My boots upside down on the cobbler's stands. Good bye old blades.|
|New blades going on.|
I wondered if I'd be able to stand up let alone skate. I cautiously stepped onto the ice and stroked around the perimeter. At least the new blades didn't feel completely weird. I was relieved to learn that this little experiment was maybe not a $200 plus dollar mistake. Of course the new blades are a bit different--but not radically so. I told M that no immediate changes were required. I bought an ice pass and stayed for the next public to continue getting acquainted.
So for the big question: do the blades with a 7 foot rocker make it any easier to cleanly execute my RFI Mohawk? Quick answer--no, at least not with that initial foray. However, turns and back skating did seem quieter. I think the extra bit of rocker tended to force me further back on the blade and thus away from the toe picks. I'll have my first lesson of the new season tonight with coach A and perhaps that will be a bit more enlightening.