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, January 28, 2016
Yesterday after a brief hiatus from doing lifts due to my partner's small injury we attempted the lift before we got on the ice and after warming up we decided to "go for it" and after two tries… We did it !!! Although it was far from perfect and my legs were piked (in a bad position)... We did get the lift up on the ice and much to my surprise my partner announced while I was up there that he was going for the turn. I never expected that and I think by the time I realized I was up there I helped myself down during the turn. He said if I has just hung on longer we would have completed the rotation !!
Anyway it was a great practice today. We worked on some new things and some old things, some choreography, footwork and spins. I guess we were thinking about making up for a bad practices on Monday and Tuesday.
I will be officially on vacation tomorrow for the next few weeks… I have decided not to bring my skates which may or may not be a good idea with competition so near. It was just too difficult to try and find ice time in Australia and New Zealand on the days we would be there . If I have any OZ or Kiwi readers -- sorry I missed the chance to skate at: Canterbury Olympic Ice in Sydney, Paradice Ice in Auckland, and Dunedin Ice Stadium in that city.
Till then.... E noho ra (that is me Maori for farewell)
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Monday, January 25, 2016
Since this is a blog about my skating and not about the status and future of US figure skating I won't vent here about my thoughts about all the pressure to do quads and so forth but wait I guess I already did.
I'm from the Peggy Fleming era and I miss graceful artistic yet athletic skating. We live in an era of explosive multi rotational- who can do the most jumps and bend more like a pretzel era.
So today we had a lesson but nothing seemed to go right including the recording of our practice ---
We had a lesson working on our choreography and footwork nothing seem to gel today
Friday, January 22, 2016
Anyway... here we go. Choreography = Sessions of Dyslexia. It takes me FOREVER to learn it.
Thursday, January 21, 2016
But the push back home has started to gear up and try to turn this flimsy program into a competition program .... During. My freestyle lesson today my coach found three places where I needed "extra steps" leading into jumps of course she's right but every extra step I take takes another breath out of me ....
Video today's a little bit longer and it's mostly raw footage ..
I also had a Pairs lesson later on today but our coach was using my phone to listen to the music and choreograph so no video just as well it was one of those days.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Monday, January 18, 2016
Here's a quick minute from the last five minutes I spent on the ice after the crowds thinned down.
I'm trying to remember how to do an Illusion.
Friday, January 15, 2016
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Monday, January 11, 2016
Thursday, January 7, 2016
I guess that's toward competition. Between yesterday and today I decided to go "all in" and enter the qualifying event for ladies silver free skate at sectionals. Chances are I won't place high enough to qualify for nationals but I will still be able to skate at nationals during the non-qualifying open event. If that made any sense to you you're definitely involved in US figure skating. I entered all the events that I entered for 2014 ..Only at the silver level rather than bronze. Plus this year I'm adding pairs to my repertoire. My coach and choreographer had a good laugh when I told them. They know how stressed out I get in and were a little surprised by the big bite of this sandwich.
But the way I figure it I don't know how many years I have left to skate competitively I'm certainly not getting any younger or stronger ... So why not? I decided to skate 4 events at nationals but only one at sectionals due to the exorbitant costs of registration.
So I took Wednesday off to contemplate all that sign up and absorb the idea today I skated with Hank we had a great practice especially off ice… We're getting much better and actually getting our excellent in the air. But when we get on the ice it doesn't seem to happen... I think a few more practices will have it down... No wait up!
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Get ready for Silver Pairs FS at Adult Nationals in April.
Get ready for Silver FS, Dramatic and Light Entertainment at Pacific Coast Adult Sectionals in March. Not sure if I will do all three however, since I am skating pairs. 4 events will be stressful, exhausting and expensive, but I already have a costume for my LE program. Such a dilemma.
I'm still contemplating whether or not to register for the new Silver Qualifying event or if I will just skate the Non-Qual events. I can't imagine skating against 21 year olds ... Potentially. Some of those ladies have Axels and Flying Camels!!
Today we had a long lesson and we finally got our Axel lift up in the air both off ice and on ice.
Far from perfect, but it's a huge improvement from our last attempts.