Monday, February 12, 2018

Back Spins, Back Spins

The 'back spin" is a required element in the USFSA bronze free skate test, and to be quite honest, I wish they would do away with it!!  This spin has been haunting me since my last test session in 2014.

4 Years has passed and now 2018 I am ready to "retake" this test in March.  Though I am a little hesitant with my back spin because its not consistent it's "a hit or miss" for me but I am going to give it a shot, I dont have nothing to lose but much to gain from it.  Good news is that coach gave me the okay.  So now it's time to practice 2x to 3x a week and get my program test ready and let the skating Gods be with me on T-day.

Skated February 11, 2018 
I had a good practice yesterday morning, worked on my MIF and did some program run throughs.  I am not feeling out of breath which is good.  To get a good program run though, I like to break my program into 3 parts: the opening, the middle and the end, by doing this helps me work on the parts that I need to focus and practice...then I run it with music.

FINALLY skated my back spin with more than 3 revs in my program, I was so happy that I felt like crying!! now to remember how I did it and keep up the momentum!!
  1. Tight free leg extension
  2. Suck up in my belly button 
  3. Rise up my axis 
  4. Push down on my spinning foot
  5. hold the spin and check

    Wish me luck.....keep following my blog for updates

Happy Skating

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Set Goals 2018

Happy New Year to all my skating peeps!!

Wednesday 10, 2018
I got my first lesson of the new year...I was so glad to get back on the ice!!.  We worked on Silver MIF, jumps/spins and program run throughs.  It was a very productive lesson and Coach can see a big improvement over all.....yeah so happy!!

Managed to work on flip jumps, which I FINALLY got that "pivot" motion my coach has been telling me for the longest, but it just was not clicking in my head.
Now, I have "skating fever" and all I want TO DO is skate (don't want to lose my momentum) but there is a huge hockey tournament and I have to wait til next week and skate at different time slots errrrr.

Last year was a good year...managed to stay injury free.  This year, however, my goal is to stay healthy and train hard.  As a skater, I like to set goals, whether its short-term or long-term, it keeps me focused and positive moving forward.

2018 Goals:
Forward and back scratch spins
Consistent jumps
Test my bronze FS
Work on edges and transitions
Start training free style 5 level
Work on a new free skate program
Compete local and national competitions

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Figure Skating Recap of 2017

Wow, I can't believe this year is already over!!  It was a year of ups and downs, tears and sometimes thinking to just throw in the towel.  I've come a long ways with my skating this year, I am so happy with my progress.  My jumps are fully rotated and my spins have improved.  Have to say that 2017 I managed to stay injury free.....yeah!!

Competed my first competition of the year in February and I must say it was a "rude awakening" for me because I had realized where I was lacking and what I needed to improve.  Also competed Nationals at the ISI Adult Championships for the very first time, one of my lifetime dream and I did it.  It was an amazing experience made new skating friends and met my long time friends from far away!!

Well, I did not get a chance to test my bronze free skate, but that's ok, there's always tomorrow.  Hopefully by next year, in a few months, I will have a chance to test.  Just have to practice some more and get my program clean.  No USFSA Nationals bummer.....maybe 2019.

I am so grateful for 2017, it was a year of learning and filled accomplishments.  Thank you to all my family and friends who supported me throughout the year.  I can't wait for 2018.  Checkout my video of 2017 skating recap!!


Thursday, November 23, 2017

Let The "Spins" Begin

God only knows how much I hate "spins" but I have to do them, 1. because it's a requirement for testing, and need you them in your competition programs.  2. they look so pretty when done correctly.

If you ask me, I would try every excuse in the play book...when I am in a lesson not to work on spins, especially during practice freestyle sessions I only work on my sit spins and backspins lol. 
Coach would tell me: "okay, let me see your forward scratch spin" Me:  ugh!! really, do I have to??  But with just a few months with my new coach my spins have improved dramatically!! Never in a millions years...I eever thought of liking spins, and NOW my "forward scratch spin" is improving....and with foot crossed (most of the time).  Mind you, not all my spins are good, but the few that my coach has witnessed, she is highly pleased!!  "Let the spins begin" woot woot!!....lots to digest and focus on centering and keeping free leg out and holding the spin.

New spin in the horizon: Laybacks 
Yesterday, coach had me work on laybacks and beginning steps to centering, I must say I really like this spin.  As an adult skater with a history of back issues (2 herniated disc, L4 and L5) is not to happy with I have to arch my back and squeeze my butt and at the same time spin and look gracious.  Well, like all skating....practice makes perfect!! I will post videos soon, once my spin is video worthy haha....soon!!

Happy Skating and Happy Thanksgiving 

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Its Flippin Time Again

After Adult Champs, I decided to get in gear and work on my FLIP jumps again, and focus on getting stronger and cleaner jumps.  I've put that jump in the back burner for a long time, and now its time to re-gain back my muscle memory and back to basics.

Its funny, the jump(s) we dislike or hardly ever practiced, same goes with my spins...I tend to work on elements that I feel comfortable doing and later for the rest...haha, but sooner or later it will come back and bite you in the ____!!

  • DONT rush the jump (my first problem)
  • Strong knee bend on the 3 turn (right arm back)
  • Hold the edge (this is where I have issue) hint; think of it like your doing a salcow
  • PIVOT motion when toe pick hits the ice and ready to take off
  • Keep free leg in front!! (my nemesis)
  • Land it, toe, edge and glide
When I compare my flip from like 2 years ago and today, I can see big improvement.  Since competition I've been practicing and I must say I like the results, few more practices and eventually I would like to put the flip jump back in my programs!!  My most recent video this week.


Monday, October 30, 2017

2017 Orlando ISI Adult Championships Re-cap

What an amazing weekend at the 2017 ISI Adult Championships!! I have no words to say how happy I was to meet, skate with such amazing skaters.  The support and unity from the adult skating community is overwhelming and I will cherish for ever.  I am truly blessed to have had this opportunity to skate amongst the very best skaters.  I finally got to meet my dearest friends from facebook, near and far...what a joyous experience.

I am so proud of  ALL RDV Adult Skaters who 
skated so well...y'all truly represent!!
#rdvsportsplexiceden #adultchamps

Competition recap: Open Silver FS 4-FS5
It was a tough week for me with work and didn't even get to practice my programs not even once!!  I told myself, I will just have to go out there and give IT my best shot.   I really thought about scratching for the mear fact that I knew deep down I was not going to place well.....but I suck it up and said "skate for you and nobody else, and it's not about the medal but the experience"
Artistic Program: Short Program
Phantom of the Opera "Music Of The Night"
I enjoyed this program so much, even though I was tied 5th place out of 6 in our group, for me it was "GOLDEN"
View Video:

Open Freestyle:  Long program:
Scent of a Woman "Por Una Cabeza"
Deep down inside I knew my long program was not up to level, but I just wanted to put it out there and skate it no matter what.  During my warm-up I took a bad fall and hurt both knees and landed flat on my chest and stomach!! It happen so fast that it knocked the wind out of me....pretty sure you all know the "toe pick" demon dive or aka "superman dive"  I heard my daughter and Saundra yell "get up, get up...its got this"  and sure enough I got up and skated (pained and bruised) and did it!! Enjoyed every minute of my program AND I ROCKED IT!!

View Video:
I placed 6th overall.....I felt like crying when I saw my name at the bottom (this is a first for me) :(  I knew why I placed 6th and I am humbled with my results.  I two footed the landing on my loop jump and my backspin was MIA dratz!!

Special Thanks:
A special thank  you to my coach Kristen, for coaching me and who got me ready for this competition in such a short time!!  Thank you to all the coaches, volunteers and judges for their time and dedication to this sport.  Thank you to RDV SPORTSPLEX ICE DEN FOR HOSTING THIS AMAZING EVENT!!!

We all think back after every competition, when it's over....I should have done this, I could have changed this, but next time I WILL SKATE even BETTER!!  


Thursday, October 12, 2017

15 Days Until 2017 ISI Adult National Championships


It's crazy but it's finally here, throughout the many years I've been an ISI member, adult nationals always held in other States, many times in Vegas, but this year it's in Florida and at my home rink...Yeah!!!

Open Silver Program Dress
My dream was to compete one day at ANC, and now I got my chance.  I can't say that I've train all season because I haven't, do to finance and health reasons.  I started taking lessons again and with a new coach back in August consistently which has worked so well for me.  Together we worked hard getting my jumps, skills and performance to competition ready program...I am so happy!!

I've decided to skate my open silver level to my USFSA free skate music and program since I already have it same goes with my artistic.  I feel ready, not nervous, "it is what it is" I want to go out there skate my best, enjoy the experience and see all my friends from other states near and far!!

Wish me luck!!