Friday, December 26, 2014

My 2014 Figure Skating Recap

Figure Skating Recap 2014

I don't know even where to start.  I can't believe that its the end of the year it just seems like yesterday. What a heck of a year it has been for me....so many ups and downs, injuries and health, finance and much more.

Well, I tested my bronze free skate back in February and it was not a pass, it was a hard pill to swallow, but I surpassed my expectations and competed in April at my very first USFS competition "Florida Open Championship" at my rink, where I came in 3rd place, I did skate up a level to adult bronze free skate.  I competed against really good skaters but form me, I felt I skated my best and that's what really matters. This competition was a learning experience like every competition I compete in.  For me, it was not about the medal or how I placed, just wanted to prove to myself that I can do it and I did.

During the summer I trained hard and focused on what the judges told me to work on.  Managed to get my sit spin to parallel and lower position.  Knee injury, set me back a while but got some exercises to strengthen it to a point that i can skate.

Traveled to California in August with my daughter where she and her team competed Nationals Showcase and came in 4th Place.  It was down hill for me, health wise and financially.  I suffered an injury and my health was deteriorating, had to take time off from skating, soon after my hubby suffered a heart attack and had to under go heart surgery (in October) and a triple bypass.  Had to be strong for my family and 2 daughters - I had to hold down the fort, work two jobs, go to hospital take care of hubby etc..  But by the grace of God all is well and he is doing GREAT.

As of today, I am back skating (not as much as I want) but I am happy to skate and begin focusing on what I have achieved and keep training.  So grateful for every chance I get to skate.  I am hopeful that 2015 will be a great year and that my perspective in skating and goals will be much clearer and precise.  As I've mentioned before in past posts "no expectations"  I will go into 2015 with "no expectations" just live day by day, be thankful for all I have and what I've achieved.  That with good health and a clear mind all is possible.

Happy Skating - Healthy and Prosperous New Year!!! 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

I am technically ready but my free skate program is not "test ready".

Since my last Bronze free skate test back in February 2014, I vowed to work hard and get my spins to test level worthy.  Summer focused on my skills and changed my free skate music which was a bit challenging. Then had to travel with my daughter to CA for National Showcase.  Due to health, finances and work put a strain on my skating and had to stop skating for a 2 months. It was hard those months I did not skate but had to take care of me first and family.

I came back to skating a week ago and mentioned to my coach that I would like to test in November her response was not what I expected but I had a sense that it was not going to be good.  Well, she mentioned to me that my program is not test ready due to my absence and which I agree...its tough to get back and only have a few weeks to get it ready...its just not going to happen.

So, its a tough pill to swallow, however, I will continue to work on my skating and program and will see what happens this season.  My dream for USFSA Adult Nationals 2015 is out the door, again!!! 

Don't forget that I am a Open Silver skater with ISI and I can always go back to ISI and work on my level FS 5.  So, going to compete locally and become a stronger skater.  USFSA Testing is costly indeed, stressful and it does not define who I am as a skater, however, I will test again when I am ready!!

The lesson here is:  We can set our goals and work towards them, but we have no control of the future and what is in store for us, just have to accept it and take it as a positive moving forward.

Happy Skating

Monday, September 29, 2014

Back On Track

I've been away for 2 months and skating was not in my agenda. With life, you are not ready for what ever is in-store for you....and for me I had to deal with my health, that I rather not discuss it here.  I do thank my loving family for their support and my skating peeps who was there for me through tough times.  I am very blessed!!!

I decided to skate today and just give it a shot!  As I mentioned in my past posts when I skate - I go with the mind-set of the "no expectations" this way I do not set myself for failure.  

Today's Skate:
So, I decided to skate my silver moves first to get the feel and get warmed up.  Felt a little timid at first but then managed to skate with more confidence.  Built up the courage to skate a run through of my free skate in 3 parts without music and no jumps (trying to play it safe).  I then, however, took the chance to skate my program with jumps.  Have to say that my second run through was way better and my jumps were clean as well my back spin - it felt great (5 revs) I did not skate my sitspin since I just got back from a long break.  

Its time to get back on track!!!

What I take from this?
Its been a tough journey and I am learning to live my life with its imperfections. Its a joy to just skate and feel the ice again. I have a new journey and skating will lessen my pain.


Happy Skating!!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Testing without my coach

Well, its been a while...but I am back!!

But I've been working a lot and skating trying to get my self ready for testing coming up soon.  Since my last test, its been a hard road for me.  I've gotten my sit spin to a decent level and hoping that the judge(s) will appreciate it that.  I've gotten stronger on my jumps the only thing is my back spin its a been a hit and miss for me.  Since, I got new skates and blades my spins are kinda off lately.

Hoping for the best this time around....but to find out last week that my coach will be leaving on vacation and will not be able to coach me 1 week before the test session and the day of testing.  Which means, I will have to hire a coach who will give me lessons the week before testing and be there with me during the test session.  I would put myself on by myself but rules you have to have a coach to make sure and re-skates etc. takes place.

I was considering not testing, but then I would be really pushing it in November because that's the last test session for the year.  I've trained all summer and I feel confident and I focused on what the judge told me needed work on and I did !!  I am curious to what happens this time around, no one knows and I have no control of my performance that day and all I can do is skate my best.  In the mean time I will just practice go with the flow!!

Oh Well, Hoping For The Best and Hope I Pass My Bronze Free Skate!!!
Happy Skating

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Summer Skating

Though its summer I am getting my self ready for the new season, which means that I will test the waters "again" and go forward with my bronze free skate test in August.

Now that I have new blades and boots I am hoping that I can get my balance and get my spins to passing level or above.  My last test my scores were very close by .3 deductions.

I will skate tomorrow and see how it goes.  Pressing hard on my jumps and spins - sometimes I as my self why I continue with this torture?....hmmmm cuz I love skating!!!.

Coach decided to change my free skate music to my "tango" which originally was my artistic free skate.  So, focusing on a positive outlook and hoping with new boots/blades and music will give me confidence to get that "pass" if not I have another change in November!!

Happy Skating


Thursday, June 12, 2014

New Skates Wahoo!!

I am so so happy that finally go a new pair of skates, been in these *used* Harlicks for 3 years and it was time to hang those skates....sadden but it had to be.

Few weeks ago I skated a free style session and I was at the end of the session and I decided to skate a loop jump and as I jumped and landed I felt an twist and bend in my boot and felt a sharp pain in my ankle and I was so terrified that I got off the ice early!! Still having a slight discomfort in my ankle but I decided to just go to the Pro Shop and get me a pair of Jackson's combo skate and blade.  I was in desperado mode! Purchase them last week, had them head molded to my feet and blades sharpened. 

Over the weekend I walked in them at home, used the blow dryer to soften the boots....and I have to say it worked!!!  Thanks to all my FB friends who gave me tips to break them in

Monday was my day of reckoning and skated in them and it was a challenge at first...skated yesterday and today and I have to say, that I can see a huge difference in my jumps (more height) I don't even feel like I am jumping....boots are so light.  Did some loops, flip and even did a few axel preps and boy I am so close.

My lesson yesterday was great....coach worked on basic moves and spins - just a matter of getting use to the blade and the ball.  I am so pleased with my new skates and its just gonna get better and better!!!

My new Jacksons and Ultima Blades
This is the best decision I made to upgrading my skates, Its just a matter of time when I excel in my skating now with these new boots.  So if you are debating on getting skates do it!!  I did save my $$ and made a wise choice to pick an economical boot and blade combo.  

Happy Skating


Monday, June 2, 2014

Frustration With My Skating?

Its been a crazy two months with work and my health issues, it seems that I had to put off my skating for a while.  Yes, I've sneaked in a practice and lessons or two but its not enough to really work on what I am lacking.  I have goals for the next couple of months, but now it am thinking and debating.

I know some of you have felt this way, and hope you can relate to my concerns.  Feeling discouraged at the moment, because I am trying so hard to work my elements to passing level and its just seems that when I gain progress on one element I loose on the other - for example; I finally got my sit pin to a decent level and lost my back spin - working on my flip jump and now my loop is a hit or miss.  Its frustrating, for me right now because 1. I need new skates and blades, my blades are shot and my boots are broken down 2.  I need some kind of motivation to get me going again.  3. August test session is a NO, since I will be traveling to Burbank with my daughter so the only time to test will be in November (again)!!.

I am seriously thinking about not competing anymore and going to give this one last TEST a try and if all goes well okay then, if not? then I will have to re-evaluate.  Its just hard to see some of my adults skating friends progress at a faster pace than I which makes it harder for me to understand the "how"

*Frustration* finding it harder to heal from injury and longer to grasp an element....my ultimate goal is to land my axel this year but that is diminishing since I am only 3/4s rotated and the injury and falls are just killing me.  Passing ISI FS5 in inevitable at this point.  ISI Adult Champs my not happen since I am traveling to CA with coaching fees and expenses $$$ will break my bank.

I don't want to give up on myself....skating is my life but at what cost.  This upcoming season will determine my fate for 2015 Adult Nationals.  I don't want to get my hopes up, because the let down is way more difficult to handle.  Will try hard to make time to skate and move forward but I am going in with no expectations.  I am open for any advice and encouragements!!

Happy Skating