Thursday, April 11, 2024

Next Week TEST (trial)

 Last lesson this week before we try and lay this down in virtual test style.  We'll video and do full runs and see where we are at next week.

I see them as close but not passing.  

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Wednesday - Practice Between Lessons

 Tried to get a little practice in between lessons this week.  My knee was giving me a little trouble as always and I wasn't able to warm up very quickly.  I did manage to at least try and run all my dances and even did a little bit of work trying to get my spread eagle back and find some balance on my spins . which have also left the building! 

Monday, April 8, 2024

Monday Solo FD Lesson

So Im back skating with coach Naomi on Mondays. Today we worked on my solo free dance.  I think it's Adult Intermediate.  I've lost my Spread Eagle and my spins and feel pretty insecure about the rest of the dance.  I got scolded from my coach about being so negative.  I'll try to be more positive next week.

Monday, April 1, 2024

Back to Monday Lessons

 I finally have some free time to dedicate to more skating and lessons.  Had my first lesson today with Naomi Lang in a few months.  Today we concentrated on the trouble spots with the Silver Tango.

I never realized I was stepping like chicken instead of nicely tucking my foot behind the other in the XB (cross behind) steps.  Neat feet as they call them in ice dance are very difficult and conjur up all kinds of fears of tripping and falling both real and imagined!

Another trouble area I have is step #7 for the lady/follower - my LBO XB is not on a curve or the proper edge so I am usually blocking my partner.  I think that finally sunk in today.

The closed Mohawk into the 3 turn gives me trouble too.  I tend to lurch forward - giving up all my balance and power.  Hopefully I’ll get some practice on Wednesday before my Thursday lesson with Vitali.

Thursday, March 28, 2024

Good 1 Hour Lesson

Feeling a bit better after last weeks wobbly legs.  I skated on Monday too so I was ready to go today.

Took a 1 hour lesson.  Would have been 45 but we spent 15 minutes off ice during an impromptu ice cut that should have taken place prior to my session.  The guy forgot.. oops.  But we used that time to talk about some tips for my turns that can be practiced off ice.

We did so many runs of the American Waltz today I just sped them all up to 3x speed to avoid a lengthy video.  I only kept the real time of the dances we skated to overhead music.


Thursday, March 21, 2024

Here’s What 7 Weeks Off Looks Like

 Too busy moving to try and skate here and there so I just too a hiatus. Today was my first day back. Luck me private ice! 

Vid 1 is my nervous warm up.  My legs were shaking

Vid 2 is me attempting to do Gold Moves in the Field.. AKA Adult Gold Skating Skills

Vid 3 is me attempting to run 1 pattern of each of the silver ice dances without music playing followed by my free dance without music (I dubbed that in later)

Friday, February 2, 2024

Getting busy on these Silver Dances

I have been working on these silver dances too long!   Planning to go all in on them until I can test them in the next few months.

Friday, January 26, 2024

Silver dance lesson ….

Same old same old.

After today’s lesson we are going to work on just the American for a while and get it test ready.  Tackling them 1 dance at a time.  I’m a little disappointed in myself.  I used to get them all done in one session but my progress has slowed immensely and there isn’t enough ice time or practice time.

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Hello 2024

 Hi Skating Peeps:

Back from vacation in Hawaii and out of my flip flops and into my skates again.  I really should not be wasting my time and money on lessons without getting any practice in between them.  

I am going to reconsider my ice time in the coming weeks.  I hate to quit taking lessons from either of my coaches but I am literally the only one out there not getting any practice time in.  🤨 

Lesson today was so unproductive because I was out of sync with skating AND my blades need to be screwed in permanently.  I still am wearing the screws put on when I mounted the blades 1 1/2 years ago.  They finally started slipping.  

I’ll take care of that before I skate again hopefully 🤞 and try and figure out a sensible schedule for practice going forward.

Next Week TEST (trial)

 Last lesson this week before we try and lay this down in virtual test style.  We'll video and do full runs and see where we are at next...