Tuesday, May 18, 2021

No Moss Growing Under My Blades

After a fun little road trip from Arizona to Washington state … with a pit stop in California to get fitted for new dance boots and blades - I’m back in the Inland NW for the summer.

I have been without a coach up here for a few years.  Since I stopped skating pairs in 2017 I haven’t had anyone helping me with and pushing me toward my goals on the ice.

What are my goals?  Hmmm 🤔 Good question.  There are probably two lists.  One is kind of like keeping your skinny jeans in the dresser for next year when you might fit back in them …. They will eventually go to the Goodwill, but having them in the drawer leaves a little hope.

#1. Realistically my goal is to keep skating and to enjoy it.  The latter part of that means not putting too much pressure on myself to rush into testing or to compete again ~ although like the skinny jeans.. I won’t rule it out quite yet.

#2. This summer my plan is to spend most of my time focusing on my Gold Moves in the Field.  I would be really happy with myself for accomplishing this.  It’s been almost 5 years since I tested Moves in the Field.  

#3. Keep working on ice dances and techniques.  I’d like to work on more advance turns like rockers and counters and get more comfortable with twizzles.  I don’t want to return to Arizona in November and have to start over with my coaches there.

So today I had my first lesson with my new coach John Saitta.  I have been waiting several years to acquire some coaching time with him.  His schedule has been full for quite a while.  “So what do you want to work on?” …..  I shared goal #2 with him and we got right to it.   

Today’s focus was on my inside three turns.  I feel ok on the RFI but not the LFI so he gave me a great exercise and tips on how to enjoy the ride! Secondly we worked on brackets.  Again the left side is the weaker side without full control and flow and he gave me great tips for that.  

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