Monday, November 28, 2022
Thursday, November 17, 2022
Leaving tomorrow for parts much colder than Arizona. Got my last lesson in today with beautiful and talented Naomi Lang. My lessons are so low key with her vs with Vitali when my heart rate goes skyrocketing! But that’s ok. She helps me with so many fundamentals and now I am trying to increase my skating vocabulary from
Three turns and Mohawks to
Brackets, Rockers, Counters and Choctaws. This may take some time. I’ve been working on some of these off and on for a few years.
Now .. considering my coach is actually a Karuk descendant … AND the first Native American to participate in the Olympic Winter Games (2002) perhaps I should stop calling them Choctaws and Mohawks and start calling them S Steps and C Steps. Such a hard habit to break. I will try.
Monday, November 14, 2022
I had another great lesson with Vitali today. We spent extra time working on the Foxtrot exercises and spent a long time working on the position of my RFO edge/lilt and the timing of my end pattern RFO edge and closed C step .. what else is new? I do feel I am making a little progress on it.
Friday, November 11, 2022
Had a great lesson on Monday with Vitali. Tuesday I received a Covid19 booster and a Flu shot at the same time in different arms. I skated right after and felt ok. I didn’t skate too hard on the session.
That night - WOW - arm aches, body aches, chills, headache … don’t get me wrong. I am not complaining about getting vaccinated. But these two together really got me.
I tried skating on Thursday because I had my first lesson with Naomi after coming back to Arizona and I didn’t want to miss it. I was so dizzy and fatigued I had to get off the ice - rest in the warmer lobby and return during my lesson time.
Needless to say .. we didn’t make much progress, but I have some really great exercises for learning my counters and chocktaws.
Monday, November 7, 2022
What a great summer it was. It flew by ~ I had no idea I was going to skate so often and spend most of the working toward a partnered dance test. It was so much fun working with a partner again.
My modus operandi is to hang up my skates for a bit right after I complete a test or competition. I get so mentally exhausted and worked up over the performance day .. I just need time off. So I haven’t seen the ice since October 21.
Today I got back on the ice in Arizona and had a dance lesson with Vitali Vakunov. After not skating for two weeks and playing 9 holes of golf in the morning .. I was wondering how my legs were going to hold up.
Much to my surprise I never got really fatigued during the 45 minute lesson. We went from dance to dance doing warm up exercises before each dance then running them back to back. I was pretty impressed with my stamina. Of course I think Vitali is doing all the work .. I’m just along for the ride!
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