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I think I did many years ago.   Not sure whether it actually helped, or just provided me with more hours of agony!

Keep going.  When you're used to the new ones, you'll be very happy indeed.  Try them with and without socks, etc, to make sure you get the best and most comfortable fit for your feet and once you find your happy place with them, then you are quite likely to find that your skating improves with the better support.  You'll still need to practice, though.   ;D
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General Ice Skating Chat / Re: Mildew in Skates???
« Last Post by laurenSkatesicenice on June 14, 2018, 01:30:21 PM »
I always save those little silica packets from whenever i buy new things (which is often) and I've been using them inside the toe areanto speed up the drying process when airing my skates as it seems to take A WHILE..  It seems to work. I just dry them on a windowsill after so they can be used again.
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Oh the irony of life. I finally replaced my crappy SFRs for Graf 500s a couple of weeks ago. It's so weird trying to remind yourself of the things you could do before in a new boot. Everything feels so stiff. However they feel sturdy too, I can feel my general balance on these skates already feels more supported. Weirdly some things I found more difficult in my old skates feel easier in the new skates and vice versa - what gives! Does anyone else wear new skates around the house to break them in or is that just an old wives tale?!
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Brackets. I hate brackets and donít understand their purpose, if I want to go backwards I just do a FO3. I canít do brackets.

Brackets are a thing of joy!  Well, when you get your head round them.  Try thinking of them in the context of compulsory figures and the tracing on the ice, as that might help.  They're not a "bog standard" way of turning from backwards to forwards, but skating is about beautiful movements and flowing transitions, and brackets - along with rockers and counters - are a part of those.  Edge work.  It's really important and mastering it takes the rest of your skating up several levels.

Those turns mess with your head, though, when you're trying to learn them.  :o
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Brackets. I hate brackets and donít understand their purpose, if I want to go backwards I just do a FO3. I canít do brackets.


Actually, FI3s are problematic too.
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Do not worry about this, Squeeze.  Three weeks off is one thing, but new boots/blades means that everything is completely thrown.  It will get better.  (Also, make sure that your blades don't need grinding.  A factory grind is no fun to skate on.)
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First group lesson in three weeks due to holidays and only 2nd time skating in New skates.
I was terrible, nearly fell just skating forwards... fell on crossovers too. I can't believe the difference in a short time. One saving grace outside three turn was still there. Can't squeeze in any extra practice this week but I'm hoping next lesson will be better!
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General Ice Skating Chat / Re: Mildew in Skates???
« Last Post by Leif on May 31, 2018, 10:24:29 AM »
If your skates are leather, DO NOT put them on the radiator.  The direct heat will kill the leather.

Good point. Mine are of course made from plastic. 
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General Ice Skating Chat / Re: Mildew in Skates???
« Last Post by ceiliaanne on May 31, 2018, 09:04:04 AM »
If your skates are leather, DO NOT put them on the radiator.  The direct heat will kill the leather.
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General Ice Skating Chat / Charity Gala
« Last Post by granita on May 30, 2018, 05:44:18 PM »
Hello! If you're in London on June 16 and would like to see some adult skaters giving their best efforts, LAFSC is putting on a charity skating gala:


Tickets and more info here: https://www.funzing.com/sd/srIRYQ[/font][/size]
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