Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Let the challenge begin

Skated yesterday had a nice  practice session....though I am still a bit nervous and apprehensive when I work on jumps...but I guess it's my inner voice taunting me lol.  I noticed that I don't feel much pain when I did my spins - now I can focus on getting that spin consistent.

I did work on my single jumps on my own (without coach) and I have to say it when pretty well. Here is my video of my loop jump (after a gazillion tries) this one is video worthy.  I have come to the realization that me trying to do a loop jump from a "traditional" is not in my books anytime soon.  I feel most confident with this entry - forward inside 3 turn.  I now have to work on getting more height which in time it will happen.  Looking forward to my lesson this week!!!

Happy Skating!!!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

First lesson for 2016

Friday May 20, 2016
Had my first lesson for this year - since last year actually.  I have to say I was so nervous and worried since I had surgery last month April, but had the clear from my doctor.  It all turned out nice, my coach is amazing - she took it slow and worked out a plan to getting me back on track - one week at a time.

Going back to basics:
In figure skating no matter what level - when there is a long absence, it is always wise to start slow and back to basics:  cross overs, mohawks, 3 turns and edges.   Coach told me "okay Diana, we are going back to Beta techniques" wow, really?  But guess what?  that really help me tremendously, it got my heart pumping and my skates on the ice for sure.

Attempted Spin:  well I tried to do a forward spins and I have to say that - I was so embarrassed because it was an epic FAIL = this is something I have to work on for sure.  Coach said its because I was not skating consistently, as I should but it will come back with practice.

Single Jumps:  she decided to let me try 2 jumps waltz jump and a salcow.  My first waltz jump was small, then she had me do a few more and the last one was AMAZING - coach could not believe the distance and height from that jump (axels) woot woot.  Then my salcow, it was good but not as they should be, this is my favorite jump. 

Overall, it was a great lesson and I am looking forward to more....getting myself ready for my goals this summer and hoping to test in the future. 

Happy Skating

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Never practice on an empty stomach

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Decided to make the early morning practice and rushed out of the house to skate the 10:00 a.m. session (was late about 15 min) which means I skipped my breakfast, not that I am a breakfast person, but its doctors orders.

I skated pretty well considering my last practice was last month.  I had my stand in coach aka my daughter (amazing skater) to coach me and must say I did pretty darn well.  My loop jumps are much higher and my sit spins and back spin are test ready, woot woot.  Now to make it work in my program consistent.

Worked on my free skate program (test).  What I find easy for me is to break it down into 3 parts and went well.  Decided to change my toe loop to the opposite side of the rink and changed my loop jump before my foot work.  Now I am feeling confident with my program and its looking good.

When it comes to spins - I always leave till the end of my session - what happen next was not good.  After my spins practice, felt very ill, dizzy and nauseous, had to leave the ice early.  This is due to an empty stomach.  Yes, note to self:  eat something before hitting the ice!!! 

Well till next time!! Happy Skating

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Look who's back on the ice?

So, I am back on the ice from a long hiatus - almost eight months away from the ice.  Really glad that things are looking up and moving forward taking it one day at a time.

Monday's Practice:
Got on the ice and was a bit timid, butterflies in my stomach - my adrenalin was rising, but as I stroked around and warmed-up my moves in the field I began to feel the ice under me.

Manage to start on some single jumps; waltz jumps, salcowand toe loops - did them pretty nice but landing was a bit off - I think because I've been away so long - I lost the landing technique, but then it all came back to me.

Worked on my loop jump which up till today I am struggling to find the best entry; from an back edge or an forward inside 3-turn.  Decisions, decisions!!!  Began warming up my jump rotations for my flip and did a few bad ones - double footed, but I did manage to land a nice one. (its a bit blurry but you can see it)

My goal is to master this jump, and once I do that I can focus on my lutz.  Geering up to get my free skate program and test in the near future.   I am setting short term goals this year, because of my health but "all in all" just doing what I do best is "skate" and enjoy it every time I can even if its just once a week, I am happy.  

Happy Skating

Monday, February 1, 2016

Practice Today

Decided to skate today and put in some practice now that my shoulder is getting better slowly.  I have to skate so I don't go crazy in my head.  Somehow skating makes everything feel better until you get off the ice its like it numbs you lol.

I've been skating like once a week and just working on elements that don't irritate my shoulder - like working on my toe loop and salcows but I decided today to really hit the ice and work on my flip jump.  I haven't skated this jump since last summer so now its all new to me and the muscle memory is gone!!!

This is my video from today's practice - I know it needs a lot of work especially my free leg needs to be more in the loop position.  I really hate this jump, and to think last year I had a solid and decent flip jump.  Now I have to start from scratch - oh well....practice its.

I am so happy to be on the ice and getting my stress release. Thank you guys for reading and supporting me.  
Happy Skating

Thursday, January 14, 2016

My first skate for 2016

Hello everyone, hope all of  you are doing well and had a great new year!! Its been a while since I posted, but now I am back in the hang of things and its looking good.

Skated Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Well, I decided to give a shot and skate, but let me tell you!! that rink was so cold!! I said to  myself let me put on two layers of clothing and still I felt the cold.
I did, however, manage to skate pretty well considering I've been away from the ice for quite sometime - on and off.  At first I was timid, but as I skated around felt my blades (newly sharpened) smooth with no sound, wow what a feeling.

How funny, my spins (backspins and sit spins) I can use more practice so I can have more control of the spin.  Jumps were effy since my shoulder hasnt completely healed.  Loop jumps were a bit challenging because of my right side shoulder tends to hurt as I set for the jump.  Flip jumps were good felt like I went around, but not enough height....yuke.

Overall, I enjoyed my skate and looking forward to lessons soon with my coach.  With my change in careers and work, now I can dedicate more time or (some time) during my work week to skating and lessons.

Goals 2016
1. Get stronger in my elements and jumps
2. Test my bronze free skate
3. Compete in a local competition.
4. End of the year gold is to train for 2017 Adult Nationals

Well, happy skating everyone!! Love to hear from all of you fabulous skaters!!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Loop jump "finally clicked"

I had a practice session today, and my coach had some free time to watch me skate and helped me out.  Did work on spins and jumps (which coach was very pleased) they were good considering my absence. Coach was surprised and happy with my back spin and my loop jump :) flip is not in the picture because of my shoulder issue.

       Here's the thing.....
Maybe its me but some how, I know in my head I can do this jump from a traditional entry (back cross overs back edge set and jump) but when I get on the ice its a whole different ball game - not sure if its mental block but it seems when I am on that back edge my timing and my thought process is not clicking.

When I tested my bronze fs (which all my jumps passed) I did my loop jump from an forward inside 3 turn entry and I like this entry because 1. it does not put a strain on my back, 2. I can control my entry and take off, however, as time has passed, I felt and got the courage to try and go back to the loop jump from a "traditional' entry.  Its been taking me to long, its frustrating and I am just at a point that why even bother.

     It finally clicked......
with lots of off ice at home and I saw this video youtube "thinice" he actually showed how to do a loop from an inside edge, so I decided to give a shot.  What clicked for me was when he said "its like the salcow (my favorite jump) when you do the 3 turn you hold the edge and then "jump" it finally clicked!! light bulb moment"

   Here is my loop jump from an FI3T - yes it needs more height but I can work on it for sure...since now I know the timing and the jump itself, its a matter of time to get it where it needs to be "mastered".  Notice my free leg is in front (yeah) and I actually exit the jump nicely too!!! I am so happy and proud of myself considering. (sorry for the blur video).

I was very pleased with myself and have something to work on moving forward.  Doing some PT for my shoulder which is helping and same time getting a second opinion don't want to go the surgery route.  Thank you everyone for your support and during my long absence off the ice.

Happy Skating