A NEW YEAR – WOOHOO!

15 Jan

So… I have not been updating. I suppose thinking about writing is not the same as actually doing it. So I will try and keep this up to date now.

First, now that I have a new job (WOOHOOOO!) I don’t have to spend time job searching and pulling my hair out in frustration  and I can devote more time to everything else…. like my skate journal!

Plus, I have noticed that I can’t remember my skate lessons half as well when I don’t write down the little tips.

So to start off with, the last competition I went to in Aston went really well! My friend and I had a great time! It was also good experience nerves wise. Not to mention that I am the type of person who has to work towards something like a competition to motivate myself to the next level.
I know alot of people say that they can challenge themselves on their own… but nope… not moi.
I say well.. I can practice that Lutz… and then I kind of do it… or I can say I need to practice that Lutz cause I am going to go test or compete with that lutz!! Yeah… that gets my butt moving. Actually it might be the threat of failure in public that makes me move my butt…lol whatever works right?

So, the last competition I placed 4th out of 11! And I had a first place ordinal! Very cool…and I also had a 10th place ordinal and a fourth…just a little confusing. Wish I could ask what made the one place me first and then other place me second to last? Very weird.
 I took the flip out of my program though and played it safe – everything was landed, included my fake lutz (yep- my faux lutz that is actually loop thingy)
I really enjoyed it and I took my time and tried to smile more and enjoy the program, so that helped.
I also competed in the improv portion for the first time. That was cool but harder than I thought it would be. I was hoping for slow celine dion – graceful music but nope…. got that pop song “crazy”…. All I was thinking was that I must be crazy to go out here and dance to that!
I tried and I did my best but I placed 4th out of 5th 🙂
I even through in my belly slide… where I slide on the ice and then get up gracefully 😉 seriously it was intentional!!!

Ok, back to the present though. Right now is kind of my out of shape time. The rink here is crowded and the freestyle sessions have not been plentiful and of course when they were over the holiday’s I was traveling… sigh.
So now I am playing catch up and I feel like a beached whale out there right now… the holiday weight around the middle has taken up residence.  However, I have to get back into shape and work on my lutz and flip and programs because I just sent in the forms to the Adult Championships for April! Roadtrip!!! 
SO that means I really have to get back to the grindstone and stop drinking at all those bars on the weekends… ooh. nasty habit that… lol
I’m not sure but I think just a little bit of alcohol on the weekend really just slows me down physically- as far as working out. It might have something to do with the belly fat too!
So my goals are set for this winter.

I have to still choreograph my artistic program and continue working on my free program. That should take up enough time!

So the lesson tips from the group lesson coach for this week:

1. Spot on the jumps (pick a point on both sides and try to look at that point when you take off and when you are landing.) It helps you make the rotation.
-yeah specifically on my suck-ass flip and lutz.
2. Lift the arms up and pretend to grab things in the air when jumping (does it matter if its some hot guy’s butt?)
3. Lutz specific:
Look behind and then to the front when going to pick in.
Dont cross the free foot way behind on the jump (I am completely crossed apparently when I do that…)
Arms up and use the H position

My other goals for skating:
(I have so many I cant keep track any more!)
1. Lutz jump
2. Lower Sit
3. Good Layback

Ok thats it… thats my entire wish list– I totally left the flip out cold. Every year I say.. ooh I want to improve my flip… well too bad.. no more mr. flip! I am moving on.  I am not focusing on it right now. hmmph.

Okay.. guess I should go – I just posted my latest spin attempts on youtube I might post them here… then you’ll see what I mean by lower sit… it feels low! But when I watch the video, its like omg I am almost standing so much for those thigh muscles.
Gotta work on those!

Ciao

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