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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 πŸ˜‰
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 πŸ˜‰
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 πŸ˜‰

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….

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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.