Archive | September, 2007

The killer flip is back

24 Sep

I skated friday, saturday and sunday! Holy cow!
All in a row…. although saturday was kind of an exhibition of sorts for me. My dad and grandmother were in town so I brought the gang down to the rink and practiced my program in front of them. Although I warmed up for 15 minutes or so I was still nervous to actually skate in front of my family. They have never seen me skate- since they don’t live near me.
It turned out very well though. If it had been a competition it would have gone well. No, I did not put in the flip. But all the jumps were landed and everything was in time to the music… phewww.
My cousin taped it with her camera. When I manage to get her to send to send it to me I will post it here.
I have been reminding her already and its only been 2 days! ha ha- I told her I would bug her!

I did get to review it on the camera and it was extremely helpful. I could see where I needed to push and extend and I could also see what I needed to improve on my jumps. Pretty cool.

Can’t wait to get it!

ok.. you can say it… P-s-y-c-h-o!

Sundays practice pretty much blew with the flips. I fell on alot. I dont know what happened. And I still cant fix that free leg. I just wait 3 seconds too long and I cannot pick in at the right moment. Mind block. Thats what it is.

(Yeah here’s the flip issue- in grainy cell video!

I need to un-block my mind. Last weeks lesson- I was told to pick lightly and keep the left arm in front. So thats my goal for tonight. Light and stay over my right side.

ohhh.. back to work.. this was my little coffee break.

Anyone watching Icenetwork.com? They have free videos from the Junior grand prix on it! Check it out!

remember Katherine Healy? The little figure skater turned ballerina?
Love this photo….

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Back again for the new season!

18 Sep

It’s been awhile and I have a lot of new info I can’t remember all the time so I thought I should probably post it here!
I have been skating throughout the summer but haven’t really spent anytime updating this although I have not stopped skating.
I took a group lesson session over the summer and worked on just feeling more secure on the ice. So far I think it is working πŸ™‚

My nemesis, the flip has improved and my camel and layback are actually getting better! Wooohoo. I am also working on my program for competition….hopefully I’ll make it to at least one adult competition before January. It is going so much better this year, probably cause I am much more focused and I spend some time on public sessions. Which although are not so good all the time if they are crowded- actually get me used to the ice and let me work on little things alot more. So that is an added plus because in freestyle sessions I am obsessed with running through what I call my list!

Yes indeedy- I have my little list and its in my head but it works wonders- rather than wandering around the rink thinking… um now I am going to do a sit– and then jumping to a waltz and then maybe doing a toe loop… I have a set list of things I am working on that I have to run through.
1.backward/forward power pulls. (I hate forward power pulls- cant do them- suck majorly at them, if I do say so myself! I love backwards though)
2.  Waltz, waltz toe, waltz sal
3. sal, sal toe, sal loop (my fav)
4. toe loop, toe/toe
5. loop, loop/loop
6. flip without thinking, flip trying to fix the leg, flip trying to fix the arm, flip trying to pick earlier.. etc… you get the pic…
 And if I like my flip that day I do a flip/loop ha haa (special days)
7. Lutz (Sometimes I am bad and I skip this occasionally cause I still cant feel that snap)
8. Sit spin, Sit variations, sit/back sit
9. Camel, camel/sit
10. Scratch
11.Layback (focusing on arching from the waist rather than the chest)
12. Back spin (oh… its getting better but its still my nemesis!!)
13. If I have time- I do waltz into a back spin.

Yeah.. its a long list.. but I try not to focus too much on like sal and toe and scratch or just a sit and I move quickly onto my problem areas so that has really really helped me improve.

I land the flip almost every time now, I hardly ever fall on it anymore although I still have trouble with my technique. I am still bending my leg when I pick (ewww). It’s a compulsive habit.  But…now I jump every time and land and it is consistent so I am working on that being part of my program. I find that if I add it on to something I think less about it and just launch myself into the jump. Its still an issue but its a fixing the technique issue now.

My latest group lesson coach has me picking lightly (apparently I was slamming my toe pick into the ice… ha ha.. yeah you can see the divits!) woops!
and keeping my leg in the h-position rather than letting it hang there. Also, keeping my left arm in front helps me as well. If I move that left arm I am usually doomed and off kilter. 

We were also working on my loop which I have been trying to do without pulling my left arm down to my side and out -its another weird habit i have on both jumps and spins… so I focus on keeping the arm coming in and scooping. I am also supposed to stand up straighter and bend more in my loop jump to stop the skidding noise and from losing momentum. Thinking about all those things at once is impossible but if I work on one at a time maybe It will all come together!

My program is really gaining some speed and flow I think. Its much more comfortable this year. While I have added a sal/loop into the mix I know I have to add a flip to at least be somewhat competitive- and probably a flip loop. Also I am putting in a layback and a camel at some point. The layback is already at the end- even if I cant really do a full one- at least its almost there. The camel- I am going to have to focus on more.  I have it but it is not reliable or always stable- I have to think of keeping my leg straight and it helps me to think of turning my foot out to do that. Also- keeping my left arm where I can see it when I get into the spin keeps me from pushing it all the way back to the side.

Definitely working on that!!

I’ll have some more updates later… I was trying to get all the things I have been learning down so I could refer back to them. I am thinking of trying to put together an interpretive because I always wanted to do one but I don’t know if I have the time- plus  can’t decide what music to pick. I feel introspective so maybe something like Jessica Simpson’s new song “I belong to me.” I love Josh Groban but everyone does him… ha ha… well maybe not everyone…lol although I am sure everyone wants too.. I hope children are not reading this!
Ah yes..my perverted sense of humor is alive and well.

Anywho.. I am posting some very grainy cell phone videos of my flip, camel and layback.. maybe one day I will get a good camera and I will have clear one but until then this is better than nothing!

Ciao… cant wait till its friday!