Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Breaking News

Just by chance I looked at the Lilac Figure Skating Club website today.  This is what I saw:

Upcoming Tests and FormsNote:  Testing dates are subject to change, please check this page for date changes and updated forms as they become available.
Due Date
Feb 20, 2012Feb 10, 2012Special Session (FULL)
March 27, 2012March 9, 2012

My test date just got moved from March 30 to March 27.
No big deal right?  Wrong.  I'll be on a cruise ship until March 26.  Flying home that evening.  Late.  Jet Lag.  I will have to get up early the next morning and attempt this test after 11 days off the ice, sipping drinks with umbrellas and eating gourmet meals 3 X day for 10 days.   This should be interesting.

I really did have breaking news today.....

Due to the grace of my right elbow in the kitchen this morning, I was late for practice.
I somehow knocked a glass candy dish off my counter top and flung it onto the floor, shattering it into a million pieces.  

I arrived with only about 45 minutes left to skate.  I wasn't up to a long practice today after skiing yesterday.  I laced up once without using the glove under my laces and quickly realized how much it was making a difference.  After a re-lace I worked on the sequence of my two upcoming tests: 

Adult Pre-Bronze Moves in the Field
Adult Pre-Bronze Free Skate

My skates are feeling more and more like my own as they break in.  I am trying to stop and re-lace 3-4 times per session for now to keep the laces spread out over the tongue.

Things I am currently working on:

  • Better edge control
  • Stamina
  • Clockwise crossovers I can do these, but they need work
  • More balanced three turns I need to lower my free leg hip more
  • Waltz jumps Need more height and more control on landing
  • Salchows Need more height and more control on landing
  • Toe Loops Need more height and more control on landing (confidence)
  • 1/2 Flip jumps I still have not attempted a full flip
  • Two foot spins I really hate doing these.  Once the Pre-Bronze test is over so will the two foot spins.  It's a requirement for the Pre Bronze Test.
  • One foot scratch spins I'm getting less dizzy and more revolutions.
  • Power 3 turns Need more work on the RFO
  • 5 Step Mohawk Need more flow


  1. Oh goodness! What a surprise for your test date :(

    I test Bronze freeskate next weekend. For the past two weeks I've done a 5-minute warm up right when I get on the ice, and then run my program (or stop skating to wait to run my program) that way I'm used to running it "cold". For some reason, it also gets me nervous, so I'm getting used to skating with shaking legs.

    Hope you do well on the tests despite the surprise date change. I bet you do- you seem very prepared for the pre-bronze level! Where are you cruising to?

  2. Thank you for the great suggestion. I haven't been to a test to watch one (in 41 years!) I would imagine that like a competition you get 5 minutes to take the ice and warm up. I think my coach mentioned that to me. Back when I attempted my first test as a kid, it was 1. figures 2. freestyle and the ice was clean for figures so there was no "warm up" - I chickened out before my freestyle event and left! This is my bucket list revenge! ..... Cruising to the Caribbean. At least I will have a tan when I test! Good luck on your FS next weekend.


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