Back in Black!

23 Nov

I’m back and indeed, I did wear an all black skating outfit to practice today. I’m running out of options for practice wear that fits! That means two things: I’ve been working too much and not skating enough!

It’s been a couple of months since I’ve been on here. There has been a lot of changes since then too! I’ve moved to a different state, I quit my job, moved in with my boyfriend, and went full-time with my own business. Big changes and I’ve been adjusting slowly. This life seems to be moving faster and faster everyday…

Of course, the first thing I did was scope out different rinks. To my delight, there are at least 4 rinks within 15-30 minutes of me! However, after doing a bit of stalking, I realized that one good rink is really all I need for a home rink since it is dedicated to figure skating over hockey whereas the other rinks are more hockey oriented. Also, there are at least 5-8 sessions a day! I thought I had died and gone to skating heaven!

I moved in September but it took me about 2 months to find good insurance since I was working for myself. So, I reluctantly backed off skating for those months to focus on my work. Note to all! Do not skate without health insurance! That is a very, very, very bad idea for an adult skater. I learned my lesson the hard way in grad school when I did not have insurance and broke my leg. You never know what is going to happen on that ice and you need health insurance before you put even one little toepick on that ice!

OK. I’m officially done with that rant πŸ˜‰ Just a little friendly advice.

So, now here I am, working from home with a flexible schedule and great health insurance…and for the first time since grad school I can skate whenever I want! Well, within reason, but really I can make my own schedule for skating. How amazing is that? AMAZING. I’m psyched, was psyched and am now plotting full speed to turn myself into the next Michelle Kwan – adult skater, that is!

Don’t laugh! It can my dreams πŸ˜‰

Since I don’t see people at work anymore working from home as I do, I have thrown myself into skating the adult sessions in the morning and being an official pain in the butt stalker to all. Meaning, I pretty much talk to whoever has skates on. Yes, it sounds like a desperate attempt to make friends and guess what? It is!
I’ve been meeting quite a few people here and there. I signed up for group lessons to get a better feel for the coaches, meet more people, and also to get myself back in the swing of things. I’ve become pretty out of shape and when I skate it’s like I am aimlessly going through jumps and spins. I need structure so I signed up for the advanced freestyle at night. It’s all adults on a tiny studio rink. I think sometimes its hard to stay out of people’s way but it allows me to concentrate on the little things. The coach is wonderful, he’s pretty easygoing, male and taller than me! Hallelujah! When is the last time I could really say that my coach was much taller than me? I can see jumps clearer when he does them.

Meanwhile, I’ve been stalking other coaches, asking questions of other adult skaters to see which coaches they liked best to find a private coach. Before I even moved to my new place, a skating friend of mine and group lesson coach from a couple years back recommended her old coach. Now, in the past I’ve gone from coach to coach depending on the rink and where I was at. Finding and sticking with a coach is a decision not to be made lightly because once you start lessons with one it usually means you have to stick with them for some time before graciously moving onto another without causing issues. This can be a very good thing if you find the perfect coach.

Well, in this case I finally decided to go with my friends recommendation and I had my first lesson this morning. I was a little nervous. I had been sick earlier and had not been on the ice for a few days, when I got there it was 10 minutes to the lesson and while I was putting on my skates my laces broke!
When is the last time that happened?? I immediately thought of Tonya Harding..ha ha
Luckily I had a spare skate lace in the bag so I laced the skate back up and got on the ice.

All went well in the end. I LOVE my new coach. It was an awesome lesson, a good fit. I don’t think I looked too good as far as what I was showing her but that can only improve right? My new coach is probably more intimidating to me than any of the other coaches I’ve had. She’s taught a few amazing skaters on the national scene so while that gives me confidence in her skills it also makes me a little scared but I’ll get over it!
Fear is good anyway, maybe I’ll actually get my butt in the air and do that axel!

So, in this return to my blog I will be sharing my lessons so that I can remember them later on as usual.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

and..Ta Ta till next Thursday.

P.S my lesson recap is below


Lesson Recap 11/23/10

1. Hips must be in alignment, under me when skating. They should not be leaning outwards but tucked under and straight ahead. I have to remember to think about tilting the opposite hip just a little bit up in order to achieve that solid stance. Try with back outside edge, being at the knee of the landing leg keeping the hip squarely underneath me, change sides. It should not be bowed out and my head should be leaning slightly to that side as well.

2. Waltz Jump (OH Yes.. here we go again, I will never be done with this jump, NEVER!)
When jumping you should rock to your toe pick quickly and then land on the toe pick to rock back on the blade. Part of my problem is not hitting my toe pick in the take off quick enough when moving faster.
It should start on the full blade and then rock to the toe pick on a 1-2 count, then spring (burst) up in the air, and then landing with that hip underneath.

I think the 1-2 count will help much. It’s already helped with the security of the takeoff when moving faster.

3. Toe Loop
Work on three turn and keeping the hip underneath me

4. Sit Spin
Lean in when going into it. Lean way in to the circle on the left outside edge both on wind up and when holding the edge into the spin (turning the three). Much more secure spin.

5. Camel Spin.
Work on left spiral with hip up, do not let hip sag under. The spiral must have tension radiating from all 4 points of your body. You should feel in control of the spiral rather than letting it control you. So the more tension and openness the better. The hip should be open and angled up (this is how it felt to me at least)
Straighten everything and you will feel a difference.

This can be applied to the camel spin where tension is very important.

Exercise: Start from a standstill and at a kneebend follow a half circle around on left leg (skate leg) with right leg behind on outside edge. Turn into the curve, spin with two feet still at half knee bend with arm and nose, face, head, over left side. There should be a line that can be drawn from the middle of your face to your left skate. THis should Keep you over your left side. Then continue to do this but at the two foot spin open up your arms to be slightly behind you still rotating with your head/middle of face/nose over left side matching up with left skate. Then do this outside edge into a sprial that curves around into the camel. Do this by applying tension, staying down in the knee, and opening the left arm.

This is going to take a lot of work but I wanted to get all of this down so I could remember!

The most important part of all this was the tension but also the fact that the left skate should be slightly to the inside of your right skate when turning the three into the camel. Hope this makes sense!

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