Monday, February 27, 2023

Dynamic Duo Lesson Day

 Two lessons today due to a scheduling conflict.  My coach is off to Synchro Nationals - so we squeezed in  two lessons on Monday  

UGH…   I wish I could just show up each week and show significant improvement .. but there is always that 1 step forward .. 2 steps back. 

I do feel like the dances are coming around but I am my own worst critic!

Thursday, February 23, 2023

Practice and Lesson on FD and Pattern

 Jumped on the adult session for practice before my lesson.  Worked .. reluctantly on spins before my lesson since I have been unable to pull off any good spins on these MK Dance blades.

This am during a morning pickle ball session I strained my back a bit and I really felt it during the spread eagle .. so I dropped it from practice today and threw in a spiral instead.

Felt better about the runs today as I am getting closer and closer to finishing ON TIME!!  Not there yet.

Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Back to Lessons on Silver Dances

Had a great 1/2 hour lesson today with Vitali in Gilbert.  Hockey took over my rink this weekend and we had to do a little juggling of ice time and lessons.

I feel we are making progress on these dances although I wish I had the energy and time to work on them more in between lessons. I just can’t seem to get the balance and flow and proper posture of these dances when I do them alone.

Thursday, February 16, 2023

Back To Skating

 We took a short trip to Cabo for a friends daughters’ wedding. Had a blast - drank too much tequila and got ZERO exercise unless you count going from the room to the pool and back or a quick few dances at the wedding.

Back in AZ on the ice on my first day back and of course a lesson day I cautiously stepped on the ice.  It’s always colder than I remember.  I didn’t think I would accomplish anything but I think I had a good lesson.  I even got through 1 complete free dance run and almost ended with the music!

I know my videos are longer than they should be for anyone’s attention span, but I don’t keep the blog or my YouTube channel for the viewership.  That has just become a added bonus to my way of holding myself accountable and analyzing my skating.  I think it helps to know that what you feel you are doing on the ice isn’t what you look like!  That is a double edged sword… it does lead to a lot of disappointment and self loathing!!  But once in a while you yourself .. or me myself .. will see some actual progress.

After doing this for 10 years now - skating as an adult and blogging and vlogging about it I can see and have documented my progress and set backs.  I wonder what it would look like on a chart or graph?

That was a lot of alliteration.  Today I had a lesson.. here it is.  Vid #2 is the same skate of the free dance but with more close ups trying not to show the other skaters in the rink.

Same free dance

Monday, February 6, 2023

Taking Off For a Week After This

 Heading to Cabo for some fun in the sun.  First a rearranged dueling lesson.  45 minutes partnering followed by 45 minutes with Naomi on my Free Dance.   One word. EXHAUSTING.

The Silver dances are making baby steps of progress.. with an occasional step back!  The free dance is still a work of choreography in progress.  Today we made some changes that will help me eventually be able to finish with the music on time.  This program is still a year away from being a test program.


 I didn’t skate at all since last Thursday so I guess I get what I deserve in the lack of progress department.  I am just so frustrated over...