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Sit Change Sit Success! WOOHOO!

8 Apr

The last two weeks, I’ve been very focused on cleaning up my sit spin, making my camel consistent and trying to finally get my sit change sit spin. I revisited the sit change back sit a few months ago and up until 2 weeks ago I was only practicing it every once in awhile. However, in the past few weeks I’ve been spin crazy and I have been completely laser focused on getting a consistent sit change sit.

My issues with this spin centers on the back upright spin which I have never cared for very much. The back spin headlines my top 3 list for most feared figure skating elements. Why? Because I can’t get out of the damn thing. I get stuck in the back spin with my legs glued together and I have a very hard time pushing out of it. Falling backwards is my main concern and because I am relatively tall at 5’7″ this seems like it might hurt a lot. In fact, it does. I’ve taken many a fall like this so I avoid it like the plague unless I absolutely have to practice it. So my latest brilliant thought was why not focus on the back sit? It will help me with my back scratch exit and as I’m much closer to the ground I can fall out of it as much as I like without hurting myself. So that it exactly what I did. I have been obsessed with this spin and it has been non-stop spinning action on every practice session.

Some things my coach has me focus on to help with the sit change sit are as follows:

1. Not scraping my toe and not rushing the entrance. Letting the edge curve around ( or scoop) before stepping into the three turn.

2. Keeping both my left and right elbow pointed out when I am in either spin on the skating knee. 

3. Leaning forward or hinging at the hips in the spin. I think of this also for the camel spin as well. As it turns out, this is key for me when I change to the back sit. If I’m not hinging way forward on the back sit then there is nothing to balance out my big ol’ butt and I go flying backwards. So I really work on hinging forward on the front sit so I can easily just switch legs to the back sit without losing my balance.

4. Most importantly, (and still working on perfecting this) exit the back sit by pushing forward onto the toe like a back power pull, letting the back free leg swing out straight behind and again keeping the upper body forward hinged at the hips. The back leg should go straight out behind just like in a spiral but not really. Just think like you are doing a back spiral and then your leg will straighten out to allow you to exit the back spin. ( I have yet to experience the full effects of this but I’m working on it!)

5.  Work on quick change foot upright spins with arms open. First back upright, arms open, touch free foot in front to skating foot (maybe 2 revs) then switch to forward upright, touch feet crossed, arms open then repeat over and over 4-5 times. I just managed to do this the other day. It’s actually kind of fun once you get past the thought you might kill yourself doing it.

So, I have been doing 20-30 sit change sit spins on practice ice the past two weeks and the work has finally paid off. I still fall out of it and I still have some trouble getting out of the spin but I am actually rotating and pulling out of the back sit more times than not. This is after many, many, many, many falls. We are talking mucho falls until my lesson this morning.

My stats as of this morning were 4 out of 5 sit change sits were successful! YES! YES! YES! I’m very excited. So excited by this fact that I made a little progression video featuring my sit spin and sit change sit spin over the years. It’s not throwback Thursday yet but I’m still throwing it back all the way to 2007 today!

It’s just a reminder to me of how much time and energy has gone into this and also, that if you try hard, practice hard, and want it enough, you can eventually achieve your skating goals or any skating goals for that matter!

Enjoy!

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AHA!

27 Sep

And.. it is the start of the figure skating season very soon and with that comes my new schedule.
In between working my two jobs I am now focusing on getting back into shape and improving my skating skills.
I think I have gained 10lbs this summer… its probably both old age and the fact that I did not skate more than 1-2 days a week over the summer some times skipping whole weeks! horrors of horrors 😉
Well – apparently it was very bad because I thought that skating didnt really help my weight that much. Um… I was very wrong. It wont keep my super thin (well- I’m not sasha or training for sectionals) but it does keep me somewhat toned and at a decent weight.
Hmmm so now I have to schlep- it off slowly….
OK- so I have been skating every week. I am moving up to 4 times a week as the fall season commences and I am hoping to achieve a consistant camel this year as well as a decently centered layback. Also… a decent back spin and a good lutz.
Axel could be in there but I wont put it in there just yet 😉
I have a lesson every friday and we have been working on my silver moves which I will record soon. I am actually managing those inside to outside three turns.. lol… a month ago I couldnt even manage one of the inside three turns…nice huh?
Plus I am working on my forward power pulls which I have issues with but at least now I get halfway down the ice. Hooray!

So to recap what I did last friday before I forget… and well, its also the point of my blog.. to record all my lessons or at least most of them and help others and me to remember what to work on and how…

1. Should keep left shoulder in front on the back spin, also complete exercises just holding that deep right inside edge with free leg behind before going into back spin. (I have issues there folks)
2. Always point your take off toe on take off in your edge jumps. It provides much more spring into your jumps.
3. The left shoulder should be completely closed on your loop. An exercise that i do now to teach me to do this is:
Start on a circle going backwards in your loop take off direction.
Then in an inside edge like power pull i place my right foot all the way behind and deeply bend my left leg and drop my left shoulder in front while looking behind me- then rise to loop position with free foot (left foot in front and right behind, left shoulder closed) and I repeat 2 more times then on the third time I jump into the loop. Its hard to explain.
Video coming 😉

Thats it for now.
I think those were the most important points for this week.
No flip horror stories for now. I HATE THAT Jump.
Ok., well anyone who reads this blog will see my struggle with that thing over the years.
ew.
Alrighty, Its sat night and I have real issues since I am spending it writing in my skating blog… but hey… thats how you know you are skating obsessed!

OMG.. I did forget one thing… I went to our skating clubs skate sale and actually found a pair of barely used size 7 reidell silver star boots!!!

I was so excited. And they fit! For those of us who are budget challenged you are going to flip when I tell you the price!

$75!!! Amazing. I know the woman who owned them before, they didnt work out for her. But they feel really nice on my feet and they fit snuggly. I have had jacksons for 4 years now. I really wanted to go back to reidells for some time. Not to mention the Jacksons always felt so high- and I am tall already that it made it harder to dig into the ice. MIght be a mind thing but reidells have a smaller heel so that will be nice. So I thought I could just move my blades onto those boots but it turns out Jackson 7’s are not the same as reidell’s. I think my jacksons are all stretched out so its not like I am cramming my foot into those but the reidells require a longer blade. Weird.
Maybe I had the wrong size before? Could be. I dont know. My feet always hurt in those things but I have really flat feet and that could be a result of that issue.
Anyway, I have to pick up the blades that went with them. Never heard of them but I think they are a basic freestyle blade- not the best but they will do for now. The budget can take $35 barely used blades not $200…. lol
So I am going to get them mounted tomorrow and I am so excited! I thought I would have to wait until next year and to be frank.. those jacksons stink! hahaa…

ciao!
 

Outtie….