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Well I don't compete (at skating) as that's not my thing, but from what I've seen of others close to me and elite competitors is that it works best if you have a passion for skating for its own sake, and always feel the joy of being on the ice.
Hello I'm pretty new to ice skating still but I want to be competitive in the future, I just want tips on how to join the competitions and on how to be good enough to be in them.
General Ice Skating Chat / Re: Figure skates for wide feet
« Last Post by VisuallyImpairedOnIce on February 21, 2020, 05:50:41 PM »
I have wide feet and love my Jackson Debuts - they're split width as standard so one size wider at the ball of the foot. I found Edeas pinched my baby toes and had arch pain when I was wearing them.
Skate camps and courses / 10:30-11am sat murrayfield ice rink
« Last Post by Annakova on February 20, 2020, 06:24:56 AM »
We have lessons first time there . Will it be very busy ?
General Ice Skating Chat / Re: newbie looking for advice re sizing and fit
« Last Post by Carrie on February 19, 2020, 05:19:27 PM »
Just thought I should let you know that the possible reason my RF4s have lasted so long is that I have never done any jumps other than try a bunny hop briefly!  I have always done ice dance and edges and do not skate very fast.  I am old enough to be your grandmother and keep thinking I will retire from skating soon so itís not worth getting new boots!  However, I am now on my third set of Ultima Mark IV blades. 
The boots I had before the RF4, (Wifa) were so stiff and uncomfortable, I had to get rid of them in less than a year.  The RF4 were perfect for me, not as stiff and the back of the boot was lower so didnít press on my Achilles tendon.
Good luck with skating and hope you carry on.  Itís a mind and body workout, fascinating to learn!
General Ice Skating Chat / Re: Beginner adult skater - Facing my fear!
« Last Post by karoklim on February 19, 2020, 11:08:04 AM »
Hi Sean!

just wanted to say hi as I'm 26 and also decided to start skating this year. Although I had a little bit of experience as a child, it's still scary sometimes! I understand the issue of turning, I always get terrified and have to slow down before the turn ;D I'm sure that slowly but surely we will get there... In some ways I think that we might have a certain advantage as adults in that we can read around and understand the technical side of things- I find that it helps me massively if I can break it down to edges and pressure etc. I really like this youtube channel 'kseniyaOleg'- they seem really good when it comes to explaining the mechanics of moves.

good luck!
General Ice Skating Chat / Re: newbie looking for advice re sizing and fit
« Last Post by karoklim on February 19, 2020, 10:55:12 AM »
Thank you all for the advice!! Really appreciate it, I will get one of these stretching tools from amazon and give it a go  O0

Carrie, I'm glad to hear about the sturdiness of RF4s, perhaps the £30 including postage that I got them for doesn't do them justice  ;D
General Ice Skating Chat / Re: newbie looking for advice re sizing and fit
« Last Post by WednesdayMarch on February 18, 2020, 09:41:10 PM »
They don't sound like they're a bad fit at all, although you may well benefit from using a shoe stretcher on the right boot.  Just put the plastic "bumps" in the relevant part of the stretcher, insert into the boot as far as you can push it and turn the screw to stretch.  You could try using a hairdryer to  warm the boot inside before stretching, but I'd try it from room temperature first.  I use a shoe stretcher in my left boot as there's a place that hurts my foot and there's nowhere anywhere near to get it punched out. 

Good luck!
General Ice Skating Chat / Re: newbie looking for advice re sizing and fit
« Last Post by Carrie on February 18, 2020, 03:05:10 PM »

You donít need to be able to put a finger behind your heel as such. The finger should fit behind the top of the boot after lacing. Flex your ankle forward so you can feel the tongue and adjust the lacing to leave a gap.  You will then be able to bend your ankles.

A cobbler might be able to stretch your boots but you can buy shoe stretchers and there are videos on YouTube on how to do it. A friend has had a boot punched out for a bunion!

If you carry on skating and the boots are comfortable you wouldnít need to change them straight away.  A friend and I have had our RF4s for over 10 years!

I once asked a cobbler and they claimed my boots would break their machine, but others on the forum may have had more luck.
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