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!
Saturday, July 30, 2016
A while back I decided I was probably posting too many long videos of really repetitious things -
but I have not turned the corner yet on honing my editing skills.
Seriously .. I just put the camera on the boards and get what I get.
Anyway, today we skated in the morning and had a great pairs lesson - with a complete program run with all the lifts and jumps - but alas the battery on my camera failed and all I got was a snippet of practice.
Friday, July 29, 2016
The next dance - the first of the Pre-Bronze dances is the Swing Dance. It's not that hard on paper..
But on the ice.. Especially at the end pattern I get a little off. I need much more quietness in my upper body and MORE LEG EXTENSION. Deeper edges too! I like the feel of the dance, especially during the Chasses.
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Friday, July 22, 2016
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Our pairs coach Chris Anders was on the ice toward the end of the session doing some nice jumps!!!
Pairs lesson afterwards...
Friday, July 15, 2016
Thursday, July 14, 2016
I'm currently working on the opening through the 1/2 way point. The planned program content I sent into the competition says:
... In plain English that means:
Single Flip jump + Single Loop jump + Single Toe Loop combination jump with 3 jumps
Single Lutz jump + Single Toe Loop combination jump with 2 jumps
Flying Change of foot spin (Flying camel + Forward Sit or Broken leg sit... I haven't decided)
Looks good on paper right?
Here's how it's unfolding on the ice:
We are working hard to get some stamina and cohesivenes back. Crowded sessions don't help!
No program runs today since we are on a public session.
Everything looks off. We need work on fundamentals. Timing, upper body position, arms - sigh... So much to improve on.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Anyway. Had a double-header back on the ice Tuesday. Pretty wobbly and out of condition, I skated pairs and ice dance right after.
Hank and I tried to skate, but we looses what little synchronicity we have when we take time off. I'm sure it will come together in the coming weeks. We are officially 7 weeks from competition in Vancouver at the ISU International Adult Skating Competiton Aug 28 - Sep 3. There are only 4 competitors/teams in our event.
Here's what happened today when we tried to do a program run! It wasn't pretty!
After that Mike and I did some dance practice and we worked on the Rhythm Blues and Swing Dance. This was my first try at Swingl Dance.