Archive | June, 2008

First Lesson of the Summer….

25 Jun

Ok, so with the return of the ice are the return of the lessons.
We started with some warm-ups and then jumps.
Each jump is attached to a lesson or exercise designed to help me jump correctly and use my arms- or rather how not to use my arms..lol
I was sprawled on the ice at least 4 times. So- I think I was learning.
First exercise are the warm ups… Inside three turn to outside three switch legs inside 3 to outside 3. My free hip falls and my left is much worse then my right. I dont check after the outside three turn so of course I let my free hip fall to stop the rotation. I have to learn to let my free knee lead rather then my shoulders.
Something to work on. Actually, this exercise also includes choctaws after that but since I could barely do the 3 turns in tandem we thought maybe I should just focus on those ; )

Then, we did cross rolls, where I would really pick up my free leg and hold it straight out behind me before bring it in front for the cross roll. Kind of like a spiral. This I think is meant to get me to control the cross roll. Um.. I realized then and there that I needed to work on those butt muscles… cause holding that leg was really starting to hurt..haha

Then we did that backwards… super difficult for me since I tend to rise up so concentrated on bending and also opening up in the shoulders as I stepped back. The bending really helped alot. I couldnt really lift my leg that high up but at least I am getting the idea.

In addition – we went over waltz jumps (which are ok- but we need to improve them) We did forward one foot glides on a curve into a waltz. If you think thats easy… just try em!
We also did forward lunges into waltz. It would be Left deep lunge (let the free leg swing around a little) with arms pulled back and then switch to right lunge and then left and then into waltz….eek.
I cheated on my left lunge cause thats my bad lunge side… so gotta work on those babies. Thats supposed to teach me to pull my arms back and through and I think also to stay on an edge.

From there we went on to loops. My main problem on everything is letting my upper body lead and go a bit ahead of lower half which causes all kinds of trouble. So we worked on loop/half loop/loop/half loop.
I need to pull my arms though and not up. Also I need to do a strong C-push after the half loop to maintain the speed and good position into the Loop. Thats why my second loop is sooo tight- because I don’t set up well and its like I am jumping in a circle.

After that torture we did Back three turns to try and control the arms coming in and the free hip from falling. I am supposed to do three- controlled ones with arms in and not pre-rotating my upper half. I fell at least twice on this.
Then I did sal/loop/half loops… had a surprising spill on the first one. that doesnt usually happen.. but that one hurt.

At the end we worked on my flip. WHICH IS ALWAYS TROUBLE. Except I have been drilling them everyday I skate now.. and they have been pretty good. Landed them all on sunday and most on friday. But of course the ones yesterday in lesson were total crap. I think I was trying to change and think about things again and I had my same problem. I wasnt holding my left shoulder in front and my timing was off and I was tense in the shoulders. So I need to relax and really think about keeping the left shoulder in front as usual.
Then she made my do them from a one-foot open spin. Literally… terrifying way to do them.
You spin openly 4-5 times and then stop and pick into the flip. Its supposed to teach you to really check with your left shoulder.
Omg… I fell and I kinda freaked. But I got one almost up. Thats going to need some work πŸ™‚
I’ll tape one of those so everyone can see how crazy it is.. hahaa
So that was my lesson – very interesting.. and I was obviously learning despite all the fals.

After my coach left I went through at least 15 flips. The first 8 were good… then I started falling. When I relax – I am ok as soon as I tense and expect the jump I just miss it. So i was all over the ice.

Anywho.. this is my lunch break and its been a crazy friggin day already… ta- ta for now.

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Sit change sit

19 Jun

I’m back again. The summer skating hours are wonderful!! Every year right after shut down the ice rink opens up and the rink gives us amazing hours for freestyle and coffee club and this year is exceptional. Every day there is a freestyle session! Its amazing! So I usually peak by the end of the summer and then have to pare down my hours towards fall and winter.
Weird isnt it?
But alas, we are subject to hockey’s need of the rink and right now they are gone!!! YAY!
Anyway it was my third day on the ice yesterday after 6 weeks off. (It was too expensive to go to the next closest rink 45 minutes away- like I usually do- gas y’know)
and I am landing all my flips!! I am checking my left shoulder and that is helping so much. I am landing all my waltz loop exercises that my coach taught me. AND… this is a big one. I started working on back spins again and I am rotating them and doing the jump exercise again out of them. This is with only three days back on!!! All that hard work over the last few years or this past year finally paid off.
My cames are so so but at least most of them rotate and they are getting better.

However, yesterday I had a breakthrough. I started doing sit spins into back sit. Not only did I maintain the back sit for a few rev’s but I actually could stand up into a back spin and push out from it!!! Amazing. I am in awe. No, seriously. Last year that was just a dream but it just happened like – poof.
I even called my coach over who was in freestyle and she said I just needed to take more time and step out a bit more into the back sit and then take my time with my arms and it worked even better!
I am soooo happy!!!
The layback is progressing too. Which is good.
And my new thing is working more on getting my spirals back. They have become awkward and they used to be easy.
Ok.. so I have to go back to work..more later!!