Sunday, June 4, 2017

Hiring A New Coach

Hey Everyone!!
I was thinking a while back that I should go up North and take a training class this summer.  But I decided to save my money (that I would have spent on coaches, airfare, hotel and food) and just hire a coach here (I am still keeping my old) to help me with my program and elements. Many skaters have 2 coaches - it is costly, but you have to find a balance as well as both coaches have to work together.

When you have to make a tough decision like keeping your coach but still hire another one, it is best to be upfront with your coach, let him or her know; what are your goals, thoughts what you want to do, same time be honest and truthful.

It's okay to feel guilty...I did too but I have an amazing and understanding coach - she's the best!!  My new coach is great and tough at the same time in a very good way, she coached my daughter for many years and got her to the level she is today.  I am so excited and I can't wait to get started.  

This new addition has given me the FIRE IN MY BELLY" I've been missing for a long time!!  I feel deep down "I made the right decision"

Happy Skating 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Sense Of Normalcy

Hey everyone!!!  I finally got a chance to skate this week...feeling a "sense of normalcy" FINALLY.  It felt so good to be back on the ice again.  I did not push myself too hard, but did manage to skate my program and work on jumps and spins.

Overall considering I've been away for so long (2 mo) it was a great skate.

Elements to work on: (before testing)
back scratch spin:  stay over the right and cross foot
flip jump: hold edge and pivot take off
loop jump: check out after landing
sit spin: stay centered and lower

Here is my video from this week!  I still have much to work on but with practice, I will get there!!

Thanks for reading......Happy Skating!!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Decisions, Decisions

Been debating and it all comes down to "decisions, decisions"...making the decision whether or not to test March 12th.  All my skating peeps encourage me and know my abilities. This means so much to me and always appreciate their advice....they all think that I should go for it!!

Well??
After last weeks competition, I had some time to think and discussed it with my coach - test session is coming up in 2 weeks (YIKES).  However, I do have some reservations, and my coach feels - it is best that I should test my free skate in May which gives me much more time to practice and focus on my weakest elements (SPINS, I hate them) and put out a nice clean program that the judges will appreciate.

In all honesty, there is no rush for me to test, because I really want to compete at ADULT NATIONALS 2018....and deep down....."Diana, when you are ready, you will test for you and nobody else"

So, the decision....is to test in May!!  These are decisions, all skaters have to face and/or ask themselves.  It's all part of the sport and we all have family, personal lives that have more priority.  Ice will always be there waiting for us!!


HAPPY SKATING

Monday, February 20, 2017

My First Competition 2017

Well, I did it!!  

I finally got the courage to compete for the first time in 3 years this past weekend.  What an experience!!  I had a great time competing with amazing adult skaters as well as meet old friends and make new ones.  What I love the most, is the love and the support of the skating community is so tight... it's magical.

I wanted to redeem myself and just skate and "Put It Out There" see how my confidence held up...and I have to say, "I did great" I am so proud of myself....I was not nervous or stressed.  Went out there skated my best, with my heart and was very pleased with my skate.

Competed only one event in Artistic and I got a Bronze Medal (third place) I am happy with my placement - no worries just glad I went out there and did it considering i did not practice at all the whole week, only the 5 min warm-up before competing.

My only regret was that I should have gotten some practice ice to get my legs warmed up.  Through the last part my program I was running out of gas - my legs started burning and did not get to center my sit spin (which is my strongest spin) but hey?? we have our ups and downs - and when competing it's so unpredictable.

But there is always that question, in the back of my head; what were the judges looking for and what made them score my skate? Was I not artistic enough? Was my program too two footed or on a flat? Was my program not to par?  Questions, I can never get the answers to.  Oh, well can't cry over spilled milk...on to the next competition.
Here is my Artistic Program to "At Last" by Etta James
Happy Skating

ISI 2017 Spring Classic RDV Sportsplex Ice Den




Saturday, January 28, 2017

The Thought of Just Giving Up

Had a lesson yesterday, and it went pretty well...worked on my program and spins.  Doing run throughs of my program really gets me short of breath, think I am lacking cardio...something else I need to work on.

From this day forward is now getting myself ready to compete after 2 years and test my bronze free skate (again) though I am optimistic, I feel like I am fooling myself sometimes.

I've been away from the ice on and off for a year...not consistent....but now I am giving it another shot skating 2x a week and 1 lesson a week.  I am hoping for the best, this test will determine where I am lacking...I am going in with no expectations or to prove to myself but just to get feedback from the judges to view where I can improve this time around.
My Bronze Free Skate Dress

The thought of just giving up has crossed my mind.  "I've seen skaters who started sooner are now ahead of the game and I really don't want to compare myself....but I can't help it, no lie"   Had a long conversation with my coach and she strongly advised me to keep going, not give up but just enjoy the moment and just skate for me and nobody else....she is so correct.

My goal is to keep going and not set high expectations or goals that are beyond my scope but goals that I can achieve now rather than nothing at all...goals are what keeps me focused and motivated.

Happy Skating

Monday, January 9, 2017

Off Ice Practice

HAPPY NEW  YEAR Everyone!

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


MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!!