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Back From Injury

4 Dec

I finally stepped foot on ice today for the first time in 7 1/2 months. After a VERY long rehab (which is still ongoing) I decided it was time to try and skate even though I said I wouldn’t. I was terrified, excited and well…again, terrified.

I was going to write a really long blog post about my injury and recovery  but decided I would just make a little video of the last 7 months. Short and sweet.

Thanks to C. for taking the pics and video on the ice today. Hopefully there will be more to come in the future as I am able to skate more.

You’ll see that I’m pretty wobbly in the end videos but I have this huge smile on my face. Some things never change.

 

 

Happy Skating and Happy Holidays!

 

 

 

 

 

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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!)

 

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!

 

A Silver Pattern and Adult Figure Skating Videos

4 Oct

Today’s lesson was better. I decided my new skates just were not working out. They were making my bone spurs hurt and they felt ungodly heavy! I made an executive decision.

In with the old, out with the new. Within a half an hour on the ice I had warmed up and re-aquainted myself with my old skates. I felt more spring in my jumps and my spins were way faster! I’ll be selling the new ones and will look for other skates to replace the old ones for next year.
If anyone is interested, they are Reidell, Silver Star’s (7.5), used 3 months and are in good shape.

Onto the lesson recap.
We worked on the adult silver moves pattern, backward outside three’s. It was much better this week then it was the other week when I slammed my head off the ice. I was actually able to complete the pattern although my coach said I was retrogressing (sp?). Well, I have serious problems making my pattern even and turning the three at the tops of the lobes. That is something I will have to work on along with keeping my free leg up and turned in. I have a major turnout and its probably from dance/ballet, it just feels better to turn my hip out. This is probably not optimal for figure skating so it’s something that I will have to be conscious of.

After we went through the pattern we started to work on my program. We added twizzles and another flip jump. Joy of joys, my favorite jump will be in my program twice. Between the flips and the lutz, I’ll be in a constant state of terror throughout the program. After the flip we placed a sit change sit to end the program. Since the sit spin is so easy for me we decided to place it at the end rather than in the middle. We placed my camel in the middle right after the first flip. The camel is also iffy. I really am going to have to start practicing more and more if I am ever going to be able to perform this program well consistently!

I would like to see more adult skating programs so I can compare the level of difficulty. That would really help. I’ve seen a few on youtube and they are so great to watch!

I think I am going to start gathering a collection of them on my channel so that they are all in one place. I’ll start posting one or two here as well.

I love posting my favorite amateur and pro skaters here but I think since this is an adult skating journal I should cover the adults more often.

So, in the spirit of things I am posting my first adult figure skating video of the week here – An Adult Silver Skater, Youtube Name: Bublmidget