On The Edge... Again
Fast Forward 32 years. Starting January 2, 2012, I am back on the ice doing something else that was unheard of .... Adult Figure Skating. We had "coffee club", which was like adult swim, but there was no opportunity for testing or competition.
It has now been 5 years since I got back on the ice. My blog is still going. My YouTube channel has over 1000 subscribers. That’s just crazy!
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
On my last lesson my coach told me to change my jump landings so that I am not still "rotating". You have to be able to check your landings (stop the rotation) so that you can pick back for a combination jump. My waltz jumps are sometimes big, but they pull around and that keeps me from doing the Waltz-Toe Loop combination.
I did one today. I also did a Toe Loop - Loop combination I was happy about that. Also new on this clip is a little "ballet jump" and some connecting steps.
Friday, May 24, 2013
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Concentrating on my lesson and not the video below. We worked on my nemesis - the Back Spin.
I have had many suggestion from many people about how to attack this spin. All of the comments are appreciated and some of them even helpful, but in the end, I have to answer to my coach who says things like ... "Who told you to do THAT?" ....
The problem with my Back Spin is that it is not even a Back Spin. It's a forward inside spin. As she explains it to me I am not finding my edge primarily because I am not in control of my free leg and my hip. I tend to hold my hip open and I need to close it and cross my foot over and commit to being on the back outside edge. This is so much easier said than done.
Exercise Step #1:
Back crossovers then hold left leg out at angle (pre spin entry position) while staying on the circle and maintaining back outside edge
Exercise Step #2:
Bring free leg into crossed over boot position (i.e.: jump position) and bring arms into jump position - YET ... hold the edge without caving into too tight of a circle.... very hard unless you have a strong core.
Build Core. Pilates, Ballet, Bosu Ball, etc.
Not related to the Back Spin, she also told me my landings are not checked - which totally explains why I fear and rarely feel comfortable in a combination jump. Without a strong core and check position, it's impossible to reach back for the next jump.
This video shows nothing of the above lesson ...
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Unfortunately the camera stopped before I started working on camel spins. I really wanted to see what that looked like.
The two gents with helmets on are my ice friends Dr. Wayne and Dr. John. They are in their 80's and both retired physicians who love to skate and chat.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Hope it heals soon.
Friday, May 10, 2013
7:14 minutes. Longer than my own attention span.
I did some warm ups, ran through my program for the first time since last July. Way slow and behind the music - which I was not listening to at the time I was skating. I attempted a few new things today. Twizzles and a Camel spin and some potential elements for 2 new programs I hope to put together for competition.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Much to my surprise and delight; I found 4 other adult skaters there. Some of them I may have mentioned before.
1: Jill (ex - Holiday on Ice skater from 1958)
2: John (retired doctor and recreational skater
3: Father Joe (retired Catholic priest and recreational skater)
4: Cary (ex competitor and Holiday on Ice circa 1970's and is skating therapeutically "doctors orders"
I was actually the YOUNGSTER of all of us!
My apologies: This video wasn't sitting at the proper angle and the feet are cut off!