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

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Competition is over, What's next?

Adult Nationals came and gone!! I am so inspired by all the Adult Skaters, and some were my dear friends who competed!! I am so proud of all of them, such amazing skaters!!! They inspire me to one day have the opportunity to compete at Adult Nationals....heck maybe Salt Lake City 2015!!!

I competed Florida Open so what is next from ME?.  Well, I have my goals that I did not accomplish...no let me rephrase that.  I accomplished my goal but it was not what I expected (my bronze test).  From a few months ago till today - I am proud of myself, despite the sickness I endured the past couple of weeks.  Though I took a 3 week break from skating because of my sickness...it did me good.  Why is that?  when you take time off and get back on the ice, all becomes clearer and simpler!!  I was worried at first that the moment I stepped on the ice....what if, or the could of, but I did.

Got back on the ice this week and it felt great!! I am back to my old self again, skating and trying new jumps and spins....my clarity is much clearer and I listened to all advice from my dear skating friends on my flip jump.....I had that jump a while back (1 yr ago) but had a bad fall and from then on had "a mental block" put a fear in me....but I had to over come it and stop putting excuses and just "go and do it for crying out loud!!"

There are some goals in my horizon that I will study and take it slow and see how my body can handle it.  I just want to enjoy the moment while skating.  I always like to document them and either here on my blog or in my little note book in my skate bag.

As always, whats sits in the back of my mind is the Bronze Test, I know I did well on my technical portion of the test, but now I have to worry and focus on my spins (eekkkk I hate spins) but I have ways to go and plenty of time to get there :) my back spin is getting more consistent and my sit still needs to be a bit lower

Oh did you hear??? The USFSA has changed the wording for the Adult Bronze Free Skate Testing to read "a recognizable sit spin" yes, you heard it !!! What does this mean, means I have a better possibility of passing my sit spin as opposed to the ISU IJS wording in the rule book.  Even though this will be implemented this season (I hope) I still have to work harder to get it lower no matter what!!!!

April 23, 2014
Skating practice was great!!! I manage to skate well and injury free....I did some really nice loop jumps, and finally landed my flip jump....still have to practice and get all my jumps clean!! I wont have a lesson until next week, but I will continue to practice and hopefully show my coach what I've been working on.....Oh sure, when you are on a lesson that's when everything goes down hill, right? but for now - practice, and practice if I ever want to pass that test and go to Salt Lake City :) :)

Thank you all for reading and Happy Skating