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 8 years since I got back on the ice. I have not competed since 2016 , but my blog is still going. My YouTube channel has over 1600 subscribers. That’s just crazy!
Thursday, October 30, 2014
I did make some Backward Circle 8 progress thanks to tips from my viewers... THANK YOU. Keeping my back arm up higher helped a lot. (no video)
But if you want to see a really great fall... my video is at the bottom of the page!
See if you can guess what I was working on from the pink tracing my coach laid out for me. I must have done something right because my skate picked up the pink dye!
Monday, October 27, 2014
I got to the rink and decided to do a little off ice warm up. I often wonder if I am the only one (adult) who struggles trying to do off ice jumps. I really fear torquing my knee and twisting my ankle. Which I did today.. on a Loop Jump.
On ice I worked on my Gold Moves. I was able to get in 2 sets of each of the Power Crossovers in both directions and both frontwards and backwards. Without someone filming you - the video is not good from the rail, so I didn't capture that.
I worked on my Backward Outside Eight many times both before and during my lesson. My coach could see during my lesson that I need to raise my hip on my free leg and that should help my trouble spots on this move.
During practice I got frustrated .. again.. and moved onto free style before my lesson and I was really happy with my Waltz Loop Loop progress.
Thursday.. the plan is to put me in the harness for my first Axel - in harness - lesson. We probably won't be attempting the whole jump, just trying to initiate more rotation.. we'll see, I hope to capture it.
Friday, October 24, 2014
Here's the result. I had a lesson yesterday which I didn't video and this was what we worked on for the last 15 minutes. This was drawn out for me yesterday with a pink marker. Basically it's a Waltz Jump (on a specific tracing) then a Loop Jump on-the-ice to finish.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Then I had to unlace, take a break for lunch and come back for Freestyle session - only I was so tired I could only do moves. Had my first couple of hard falls today on brackets!
Also took my pattern and material to a seamstress for my 2015 or 2016 LE program. I am NOT committing yet to passing my Silver and making it to Nationals - not sure I have it in me... but the programs and dresses and costumes are in progress... so we'll se.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Monday I had a MIF lesson which I did not record. We worked on brackets mostly.
Tuesday I went to a nice quiet public session and spent most of it working on the MIF. There was a lot of practice, but I only made a video with one of each element. (And that is too boring for most to sit through ... )
After that I spent a few minutes on my freestyle. Nothing too exciting to report, except that it felt good to be back on the ice.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
So it has taken me 2 days just to sift through my video of Oct 7th practice and lesson to come up with this excerpt of just my practice. My choreography lesson was on a FS session and from where the camera was sitting and where I was skating and the repetition of it all .. I decided not to post it. Much of it is me at the wall with my coach trying over and over how to put 3 steps together and me attempting them over and over and getting confused! I wish I could learn them faster!
Turned out it was a hard day of practice. I have been actually sore since that day. I must have over exerted myself. Boo hoo.
My iMovie is doing that weird pixelating thing again in this video... working on the solution.
Monday, October 6, 2014
Here is USFSA video library example: Adult Gold Moves In The Field: Backward Circle Eights
Not a perfect example, but a good example. However, I notice too that his free leg on his LBO circle wanders a little after the top of the 2nd circle. I think this is common for most of us when we skate on the non-landing leg. We all have superior control on every turn and every edge in both directions on that leg.
I also had my first lesson on Brackets In The Field. I have been trying these from time to time on my own without a lesson and have already developed a BAD HABIT of placing my free leg in front after the turn. Now I will struggle to undo my problem.
When the lesson was over I felt defeated did a little freestyle.
Video #1 Freestyle
Video #2 Moves Lesson