Archive | September, 2014

New Silver Program!

11 Sep

So, it’s been about 7 years since I’ve had an actual program and I am so excited!  I’m fiddling with the crazy idea of taking my silver free test with my silver moves test. The only issue is that I must pass the moves in order to take the free and I have to say I’m getting a bit of cold feet about this. I have no problem taking the free test even if the program is only 25 seconds at the moment, I think it is much easier to stand up on the jumps and spins, the problem is… the moves. UGH.

Now, you would think after working on these for ohh… let’s be generous and say…9 months consistently that these would be a piece of cake. You would be wrong. Dead wrong. I’ve got a back outside 3 turn problem that’s as big as the hoover dam. That’s pretty big. Maybe bigger, like the size of Texas big. Yeah, you get the point. Damn those 3 turns and damn my free leg. Eh.

Anyway, while I’m pondering my silver moves death star test I’ll show you the first few seconds of my brand spanking new silver free program. We just started on this about two weeks ago and I think the waltz in the beginning is going to get changed out but for now…sigh.. I am happy just to have something! Just to be skating to music instead of the dead space I call public session music is lovely.

I had a friend take the video for me during a public session last week and the music was pretty much in my head. Ok, all in my head but I dubbed in the music to make the video. I think it worked pretty well.  I do think my coach thinks otherwise at the moment but I’m going to go with the whole “I’m actually connecting the moves in some way that resembles something like a program” point of view. There is a lot of work to be done for sure like the camel spin, ina bauer connection etc but I’m moving that butt of mine down the ice and that’s better than nothing right now.

So without further ado, after 7 years program-less here is the first 25 seconds…. TA DAAA!

(don’t forget the popcorn!)

 

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Adult Figure Skating is FUN! Right? Right!

9 Sep

“I live, breathe, eat figure skating…. I drink figure skating”  

Chasity Brinn, Adult Figure Skater

 

A skating friend of mine sent this hilarious adult figure skating video to me and it made me realize how much fun we have as adult figure skaters… and also how serious it can be if we take everything to heart in this sport.

I think far too often as an adult figure skater we take things so seriously, probably because our free time is precious and well, trying to contort your body into strange positions on very thin blades while skating on ice can be somewhat stressful and frustrating. All too often we get discouraged because our rate of progress, unlike the kids, is usually very long and trying. Any move or jump, or dance that we accomplish learning is the result of many hours on the ice and most of the time we aren’t talking axels or advanced moves.  It could be as simple as learning a three turn or mohawk on the opposite foot. While we celebrate these accomplishments as adult skaters, the in between times when we are working on the same stroking or basic move for the millionth time and feel like we are getting nowhere while the kids zoom by, can be trying.

We can be SO serious about our skating and lose sight of the main reason we skate! I know I do when I am working on my back crossovers for the millionth time or my flip jump because after 10 years I still can’t manage to get it perfect. I see adults become so discouraged because they feel like their progress is so minimal and it’s depressing to think that after expending so much time and energy that there doesn’t seem to be much to show for it.

But then there are the days when we finally figure out how to get our bodies to do that inside mohawk on the left foot or when we are able to finally spin on that elusive sweet spot. That sense of victory is like no other, it makes up for the trials and tribulations that have lead up to that point. The realization that even on two thin blades on ice, that those past their teen years can still float happily across the ice if they work hard enough, is the reason why we all skate.

And… in between those victories (which can be long) we amuse ourselves with the people we meet who share the same crazy obsessive love for the sport. People we would have never met if it wasn’t for this love of skating. Laughing about life in general or the strange things only adult figure skaters do and talk about (birthing pose, anyone? see video) . Humor as an adult figure skater is essential. After all,  how else would we all wake up at 6am in the morning to fall on cold ice only to be run over by 10 year olds? You need humor in this sport.  You just can’t survive without it and I think this video probably sums it up the best.

Happy skating and just remember… Adult Figure Skating is meant to be FUN  so laugh a little and enjoy your time on the ice!