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, July 29, 2015
We learned a new forward spiral position, and a Star spiral which he says is always a judge-pleaser. We worked on our throw jumps; Waltz jump Salchow and Loop discovering a few things we were doing wrong. And finally we worked on side-by-side spins and learned how to exit properly and together ...... I'm sure we will be working on this forever but we now have a basis to practice on our own.
Next week we are going to attack the pivot spirals and possibly death spiral for half of our lesson and spend the other half off ice lifting… Maybe I should bring a helmet!
This is a longer video almost 10 minutes with no entertaining music playing in the background. Its purpose is primarily selfish so that Hank and I can revisit our lesson… Fast forward as you see fit.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
EWU arena told us we can only skate pairs if nobody is on the ice. When there are other skaters we cannot. They only have 1 hour a week here of open Free Style on Friday from 4:00 to 5:00 pm so that rules out skating here ... unless we get lucky again and nobody is there.
We had a fun session despite a few wrecks - today the scoreboard was even.
Hank : 1
..but his was much more dramatic than mine! And mine is not on the video because I am having some iMovie issues... Grrrrrr
I learned the Throw Loop today ... it took a little research on YouTube to figure out the body and hand positions, but we got the gist.
Our next lesson is tomorrow.. so I should have a lot to report after that.
Meanwhile.... enjoy our blunders of today!
Saturday, July 25, 2015
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Saturday, July 11, 2015
What went right:
I landed my Lutz (3rd jump was optional type)
I landed my required Loop jump
I landed my required Flip jump
I got 4 revolutions in my Camel Spin
I did my required jump sequence (Split jump - 3 turn - Mazurka - Salchow)
I did my required jump combination (Salchow - Toe Loop)
I did my required combination spin* (Sit spin - Scratch Spin)
What went wrong:
My Lutz was a Flutz (and usually is) I wish I had held the landing longer
My Camel spin was too slow and I had to fight to keep my leg up for 4 revolutions
My step sequence was weak and I was exhausted 1/2 way through
On my jump sequence I slightly toe tapped on the landing (I didn't get marked down for it)
On my jump combo I slightly toe tapped on the landing (I didn't get marked down for it)
On the Sit-Scratch combo 2 of the 3 judges made remarks that I did not even do a combo.
My coach instructed me to do a 1) Camel alone and 2) Sit - Scratch as my combo.
I had 3 revolutions in an "adult sit position" .. but not by standard track standards. My butt wasn't below my knee. Part 2 of that combo was an upright spin where I do a few revolutions and wrap my arms around my waist L in front and R behind me and do a little knee dip.
About 2 weeks ago I decided to do a Camel-Sit spin and just a scratch spin at the end, but my coach told me I needed to keep the Camel separate. (the day before the test) Since I really don't have a layback or other spin I can count on, we went with keeping the Sit-Scratch.
Friday, July 10, 2015
Should I be as worried as I feel? Probably. I found out I had to change my Camel/Sit combo to a straight Camel spin - (required as a solo spin) and revert to my original planned Sit/Scratch combination.... but that puts me way ahead of my music. No more practice to work out the kinks. Hopefully they won't put too much weight on the program being artistically flowing with the music.
Thursday, July 9, 2015
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
There were a lot of little ones on the ice today. My camera got knocked down 2 times and I lost most of the video ---- All the good stuff when we were really in synch !!!
Friday, July 3, 2015
I don't know if I ever mentioned this but, I am NOT A MORNING PERSON. Especially when it comes to skating.
Nothing went right for me. I blamed it on my fatigue, my boots being laced too loose. Fortunately my coach knows she need to keep pushing me to try.
We worked on the major components of my program and then she forced me to do a run after nothing went right. I managed to complete it and she said it probably would have passed even though she knew I was having an off day. She said that was a good thing. If you can muster up enough strength to push through on a bad day - chances are you will skate strong next week.
I hope so.
Thursday, July 2, 2015
Here is our first lesson, below some info on our coaches.
Chris Anders was born and raised in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, and has been skating since the age of 6. He originally started as an Artistic Roller skater, and competed at Nationals in Dance, Singles, and Pairs. Chris switched to ice skating at the age of 13. He is a two-time National competitor in Pairs, and a triple gold medalist, having earned his gold medal in Moves in the Field, Singles, and Pairs.
Chris transitioned from competing to show skating in 2007, becoming a Principal Performer for Disney on Ice for over seven years. He coached at Planet Ice before its closure, and then at Eagles Ice Arena, teaching both Learn to Skate classes and private lessons. Besides skating, Chris has been active in local theater at Coeur d'Alene High School, as a student, and at Lake City Playhouse.
comes to Frontier Ice Arena with over 30 years of skating experience. Competing for the Santa Rosa Figure Skating Club, Melinda was a 5-time National competitor in synchronized skating. She was an instructor at Snoopy’s Home Ice and was the Skating School Director at Ice Capades Chalet in Palos Verdes, CA. As a performer, Melinda toured the world for over 12 years as performance director, principal understudy, and ensemble skater for Disney on Ice,
Holiday on Ice, Willy Bietak Productions, Rosstyn Ice Shows, Wilma Leary Ice Productions, Woodstock Ice Productions, and Feld Entertainment.