Monday, April 16, 2018

Define Determination

How do you define determination??

Determination is a big word when it comes to figure skating, whether its trying to master a jump or spin...or simply determined to pass a test or a better placement in a competition.  Determination is hard work, it pushes you to do better and not give up.

Well I proved to myself and was determined to go and try a combination jump that I've never done before...a 3 jump combination" and last week I hit the ice and went for it...fell a few times, but I did not give up was determine to land one and it was video worthy!!! My salcow+toe loop+loop jump combination.  Right now, its my favorite jump combo and I think it will be a keeper.

Here is my recent videos.  The second video is my toe loop + loop jump combination. With more practice and determination, I can get this jump consistent and maybe put it in my free skating program in the near future.  Coach already added my toe loop+loop in my Open Silver program for Clearwater competition.

Thank you so much for watching!! Happy Skating and keep the joy of skating alive.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Adult Bronze Free Skate "Pass"

I passed my Adult Bronze Free Skate!!!  YIPPY!!  WOOT WOOT!!  Finally, it was a long 4 years since my last test but here I am 9 months later with lots of training, hard work, practices and new not to mention changed coaches......but I did it!!!

Adult Bronze Free Skate (PASS)
Location: RDV Sportsplex Ice Den
March 11, 2018

So, I arrived at the rink with a mindset that its a "do or die" and no turning back.  I have to admit that I was a bag of nerves and nothing was helping.  I always say "give me a competition any day and I am good" but testing is a whole other beast!!

Had a good 5 min warm-up, jumps were good, but my sit spins were not as knee kept locking up...I was in pain but I pushed through it. 

As the remaining skaters skated, now its my turn.  Judges called my name and skated to them and introduced my self ....they were so nice and pleasant.  They asked me "how I was doing?" and I told them "I am good, but I am nervous and my knees are like jello" they laughed so hard lol.....but as I took my position, I felt my legs shaking and I said to myself  "I got this".  I skated my best -  despite my knee was not a clean skate to say the least. 

LOOP JUMP:  Popped it during my program (went in with to much speed after my foot work)
WALTZ/TOE:  I put my foot down after my toe loop landing

I am human and we all make mistakes this happens to the best of best skaters!!

Judges called me over and asked me to re-skate both jumps and I said sure no problem. Inside my head I said man "I've got this"....Boom!! NAILED IT!! both jumps CLEAN - HUGE and nice edge landing.  I was so happy that I did it and so glad its over!!

Reading the judges' remarks from the test sheets made my DAY for sure; Good Attack on Jumps" "Nicely Controlled Spins"  

Note to self...hard work, patience and determination really pays off...never give up on your dreams, never!!

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.