Monday, January 9, 2017

Off Ice Practice


Well, it's that time of year where we all are anxious and eager to hit the ice and start the season with competitions, shows and exhibitions.  Though you might have your programs ready or not, it is always good to warm up your body, legs and memory by doing "off ice" before entering the rink.

Funny, but when I am driving - I do run throughs in my head with my music playing or in my living room.  Sometimes, I just start doing some off ice jump rotations, spins on my spinner when I know I have practice ice or lesson that day.  

I try to be consistent with off ice - but sometimes there is not enough time in the day.  However, when I get to the ice rink - I warm up and do some off ice for a good five or ten minutes.  The point is by doing off ice practice, it creates "muscle memory" so when you get on the ice, your memory of that moment embedded in your brain....crazy, but it's true!!

Some of my off ice practice I like to do are:
  1. Jump rotations - from a stand still I bend my knees with my left arm in front, right arm back, I jump up and turn in the air.
  2. Toe loop - just a simple tap - toe in, and hop
  3. Loop jumps - just position the loop and jump.
  4. I like doing waltz jumps too
  5. Squats with free foot in front and hold 5 counts - this helps for your sit spin position and how long can you hold the spin on ice.
  6. Jump and check out practice - when I jump and check out and hold my position (this is an area where I forget so easily when I am on the ice.
  7. Axel jumps - waltz jump/loops - rotations
Whether you're a beginner or elite skater, off ice is very important to your routine and make it a habit to continue with it, it will help you in so many ways. 

Happy Skating
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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Clear To Skate

So happy I got the clear to skate and been off my boot for almost 2 weeks!!

Today is Sunday, December 18 2016:
Took the leap of faith and hit the ice - without looking back.  The last time I skated was October 4, 2016.

I managed to skate very well, but I have to admit that just driving to the rink my hands were sweating.  Was a bit hesitate because I thought my boots were going to hurt foot, but I was fine. Stroking around the rink to warm up and get my legs under the ice.

My jumps and sit spin were pretty decent considering, looking forward to more practice.  Had so much fun and even though I did not skate the entire hour - it was awesome!!

Hoping that 2017 will be a great year for me and I have a new perspective and goals for next year and will keep on going.

Loop and Flip Jump Practice 2017


Monday, November 28, 2016

No Skating Today

For the past 8 1/2 years I've been skating, I skate on my birthday!  Yes, today is my birthday (Nov 28th) I am sadden that I can't skate today, but it's all for good reasons (foot injury non-skating related).

Hope that as weeks pass and can heal, and maybe skate just stroking around the rink, then hopefully by January I can begin my training again.  Like the saying says; "everything happens for a reason"

Happy Skating

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Monday, November 21, 2016

What's Next

Well, it's been awhile, since I posted.  Wanted to just say THANK YOU to all my readers and followers for keeping up with me throughout the years.

What's next for me?  
Back in September/October I was really working hard trying to get back on track and getting few lessons here and there, getting my free skate program ready for testing.  Unfortunately, I decided not go ahead and test this session that passed 2 weeks ago.  It was a hard decision, but a good one for me, I felt that my program was not "test ready" for me and my coach....even though I wanted to test the waters and just see what the judges had to say but I had a change of heart and save my money and test next March.

Start the Healing: 
Left foot injury.... :(  2 tendon injury (non-skating related) at least it's not that serious, however, I am on a boot for stability.  Once I can get my foot healed, I can start my training again....slowly but surely.  

Gaining back my confidence:
Since being on an off the ice this whole year (due to health issues) it has really impacted my confidence in my skating.  How to break this is a true challenge for me moving forward. 

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!!

Happy Skating

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Back in the swing of things

Hey, Everyone!!

Excited that finally I am getting back to the swing of things and focusing now on getting my skating in order.  It's been awhile since I skated and now I am looking forward to great skating.

I had a practice session with my coach and a test run of my free skate test and got a chance to try my dress that I will be wearing for my test.  It's a design that I created that goes perfect with my music from the movie "Scent of A Woman" Por Una Caveza.  It's a lovely piece of music and I have to say when coach put the music on I got chills - love love my program and my dress :>.

I was so nervous before getting on the ice, but after a few stroking around and got the ice under me, it was great all the way.  There was a few mishaps because other skaters were in my way but I manage to skate well but best of all, I did not have any malfunctions, yeah!!

Coach has tweaked my footwork and told me to work on my spins and exit on my loop jump.  All in good time, I will work hard and diligently til my next test in November.

I will say this; "no matter what the outcome when I test, it's okay, I will take it as a learning experience and not as a failure - no matter what the judges say, I will work on it and make the best of it"  But, I am keeping positive and hoping for the good things.

Happy Skating

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Still trucking along with my skating

I am back and still trucking along - not giving up yet.

Despite my hospital stay the first week of July (non skating related) has put my skating on holt.  I was doing pretty good before then but now it is a step back for me.

On July 29, 2016
I skated yesterday and my skating was okay, but to be quite honest it was not as bad as I thought.  My jumps and spins really needs work but with some more practice (maybe 2x week) I can get back on track.

There is a test session in at my rink in August, but I am not ready to take that chance, there is another test session in September (at another rink), but I am debating to do it.
1. price is double and 1/2 the fee.
2. Its way far from where I live, which means I will have to stay in a hotel.
3. Do I really need to test right now? only giving myself a few weeks to train...not sure what to do.

Coach said we can work on it - but now I am really thinking about, the next test at my rink is in November (the last one for the year) my goal is to test so I can compete at AN 2017.

I am not giving up, everything happens for a reason, and I just have to take my time and follow my gut instinct.

Here is a video of my skating yesterday:

No matter how hard it is right now, never give up on your dreams!!

Happy Skating

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!!!