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Offline Hedwig

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Re: 2017 Skating Resolutions
« Reply #25 on: February 22, 2017, 01:47:43 PM »
I am coming back to skating as well. I always thought it was a 4 year break but it really was nearly 6 years.  88)

Before that I skated for 2 years (started with the ripe old age of 32... never skated as a kid)

So my goals are:
- get part of my skating back. WHen I left off I could do crossovers, all forward 3-turns and jumps up to single loop (although not great), some spins etc

Goals now:
- backward outside three-turn
- better edges
- get at least the waltz jump and salchow back (waltz jump already works)

I only have another 5 weeks of ice before all the rinks close but I will do a summer camp in the Czech Republic in June

for the off season (1st of April - 31.August):
- ballet class once a week as a beginner
- running at least twice a week
- off ice workout strength training

and lose at least 20 pounds...

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Re: 2017 Skating Resolutions
« Reply #26 on: June 14, 2017, 02:30:22 PM »
1. Pass Pre-Bronze MITF
2. Start working on Dance

Keeping the list short and sweet.

I have signed up for private lessons starting next Monday to work on Pre-Bronze MITF.
There is a test July 23 (doubtful) and August 27 (my goal).

I need work on my back consecutive edges, particularly back inside.
I feel pretty good about everything else, but my coach may disagree.
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Re: 2017 Skating Resolutions
« Reply #27 on: June 19, 2017, 09:51:44 PM »
Had my first private today. Very enjoyable. Working on pre-bronze MITF.

I am working with a new coach and she wanted to see where I stood so we started with perimeter stroking which she said was pretty good but wanted me to slow the pace a little.  We worked on the optional steps a bit, which I had not really gotten in Basic Skills.
Then we went to edges. She said my forward edges, outside and inside, were very good and controlled. Just a few tweaks for my inside edges.

Back outside were okay but I need to work on the initial push. Back inside were terrible as I knew. It is the push that gets me. I can glide on the BI edge once I am moving.

Next week we'll continue working on back edges and start with the crossovers in a figure 8 pattern.

There is a test late July but I don't think I'll be ready then. There may be a test late August which I am aiming for.

Probably going to go every other week but may bump to an hour rather than 1/2 hour.
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Re: 2017 Skating Resolutions
« Reply #28 on: June 29, 2017, 11:52:54 AM »
Had my second private the other day. I will probably go for weekly lessons, but will miss the next 2 weeks because of her vacation and me a conference.

This week did stroking, spirals and waltz 8.
End crossovers on stroking were sloppy but it was crowded and I was avoiding ice tourists.
Spirals so-so but need more lift on free foot.
Waltz 8 brought out need to work on 3 turns, especially making shallower 3 turns and the positioning of my free foot.

A lot of the value of privates in prepping for the test will be the little things like the optional steps, transition between feet on spirals, what the judges really look for.

Heading to the rink in a few minutes to practice.

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Re: 2017 Skating Resolutions
« Reply #29 on: June 30, 2017, 05:59:01 PM »
Mid year update! Let's see how 2017 has gone so far...

1. Pass Fiesta Tango. I finally passed Fiesta after three times in April. Thank goodness.
2. Pass Bronze dances. I also passed Hickory Hoedown in April. Hopefully I will be testing Willow and Tenfox in August.
3. Pass solo Juvenile free dance test. I managed this in February. It wasn't hard.
4. Compete solo dance at the Juvenile level. I competed the same program as my test in April with some improvements... and I got last. Oh well. I still did it.
5. Start Pre-Silver dances. I've learned some exercises to make learning the dances easier, but I haven't actually started them yet.
6. Pass pre-juv moves. Possibly juv as well. I feel pretty good about all the elements except for the back circle 8. I just learned it last week, so I think I have a while to figure it out (pun not intended). Not sure when I'll test it. Probably won't get to juvenile moves.
7. Get dance boots and blades. I got my SP Teri dance boots and Coronation Dance blades in March. They are amazing. My past two pairs of skates have given me so much trouble since the beginning,
 but these are perfect. I love them.

8. Work on figures. If 7 works, out, I'd like to convert my freestyle boots into figure boots. Yeah, this probably won't happen.
9. Do monthly exercise challenges at least 6/12 months. I did half of one in January, another half in February, a full month in March, and I think that's it. I need to step it up.
10. Improve footwork and speed. I've been focusing a lot on twizzles, 3 turns, brackets, etc., and I feel like they are better but not sure how improved. I also don't know if I'm any faster. This one's kinda general.
11. Get a better back camel and back sit. And front sit for that matter. I've pretty much given up on sit spins. They aren't done very much in solo dance. But my back camel is starting to get really good,
 and I've managed to get a Toller Cranston spin. Just not as consistent or pretty. ( (around 2:58))

Not too shabby.

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Re: 2017 Skating Resolutions
« Reply #30 on: June 30, 2017, 08:31:11 PM »
Midyear update!

1 a.  Skate more in 2017 than I did in 2016 (~184 hrs, 3.6 hrs/week).  Aim for average of 4 hrs/week On track so far, average 4.08 hrs/week (Lake Placid skate camp helped here).
1 b.  Spent at least 1/3 of practice time on backward skills Probably roughly on track here though I haven't kept careful track.  I suspect I'm overestimating.
2 a.  Pass Basic 4/Adult 4 Done!
2 b.  Pass Basic 5/Adult 5/Beta  Work in progress.  I need better back edges and a lot of this will click, I hope.
3 a.  Off ice training- XBX or other circuit training and stretching 4-5 days/week  Totally crashed and burned here so far.  Hardly any off ice work since about March.  No excuse.
3 b.  Off ice training- lunge/spiral/shoot-the-duck/spin positions (100 day challenges)  See above.
4 a.  Basic skills competition Not so far; maybe in the fall??
4 b.  Holiday show or other performance Group programs in two spring shows!  Hoping for a winter show, too.
5.  Stop whining about my skates, the ice, my ability, etc. and Just Skate!  Doing pretty good with this, I think.

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Re: 2017 Skating Resolutions
« Reply #31 on: July 01, 2017, 06:49:40 PM »
1. Get at least two revolutions on a back spin (scratch, sit, whatever, I don't care)

Not yet.  I suspect this may be on my goals list for several years.

2. Land a fully-rotated loop jump on one foot

Well...I'm closer than I was six months ago, I think...

3a. Back inside three turns on both feet

I've got the turn part now, but not really the runout back to the axis.

3b. If 3a accomplished in time, test and pass Silver moves

I think this will be a 2018 thing.  Maaaaaaybe December of this year.

4. Do a clean (figure) loop in any direction/on any edge without having to put the other foot down

I wound up focusing on other things.

5. Learn more interesting footwork, turns, half-jumps, etc. for use in programs

Success!  I have back brackets and rockers, and am working on forward and back counters.  I haven't yet put them into a program, but I also am sticking with the program we choreographed back in February for the rest of the year, so...

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Re: 2017 Skating Resolutions
« Reply #32 on: July 03, 2017, 08:57:05 AM »
General Skating:
1) Improve flow and speed Speed is good, flow is still a big work in progress.
2) Improve footwork Fight with it every time I'm on the ice/in class/running my program. A minimum of a half hour of practice time is now devoted to it.
3) Improve posture Working on it.

1) Work on height Apparently I have it?
2) Proper form Ties into my posture issues, so a work in progress
3) Continue working on the Axel Continuing to work on it
4) Start off- and on- ice doubles prep Yup. Usually jump-backspin, but if my coach is feeling adventurous, actual attempts.

1) Centering Only if I'm not concentrating on this aspect! If I am, I'm off to the other side of the world.
2) 4+ revolutions on camel spin, both forward and back, in proper positions If I don't flub the entrance to the forward spin, yes. Back camel, not yet.
3) Work on layback Eh, still really awkward
4) Work on flying spin entries for camel and sit Not a focus right now, but some improvements
5) Work on transitions in both change-of-posistion and change-foot combinations  Still really, really bad. A work in progress.

1) A consistent work-out schedule that I'll have trouble pushing aside no matter how busy my life gets Ha. HAHAHAHAHA!
2) Stretching Fell off the bandwagon
3) Take the dance class that works with my schedule Never managed it
4) Continue working on anxiety issues with performing Getting better! I actually found something that is currently working for me. Got me through a competition and two shows.

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Re: 2017 Skating Resolutions
« Reply #33 on: July 03, 2017, 10:24:56 AM »
Here's my mid-year update  8)

1. Find a coach that I like working with, and commit! Did this! I love my coach!
2. Skate at least 1x week Yes! Now I'm trying to skate 2x a week
3. Land axel Haha! This has not happened yet, but I feel more confident trying it on the ice.
4. Get spins back (scratch, sit, camel, combos, back spins) Yes! Spins are so much better.
5. Get single jumps back Working on this. Learned I have horrible technique for salchow and loop which has been fun (not) to correct.
6. Start working on doubles Not yet... hopefully I'll get my axel and be able to work on doubles.
6. Learn how to do a layback spin Learning how to do this, I am terrified of falling backwards.
7. Improve flexibility I've been lazy about this... need to do more off-ice stretching and yoga!
8. Figure out if I want to compete/test Not sure about competing but I will test Bronze FS and Silver MITF soon!

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Re: 2017 Skating Resolutions
« Reply #34 on: July 03, 2017, 11:23:09 AM »

I wound up focusing on other things.

I'm going to use this line on my coach.
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Re: 2017 Skating Resolutions
« Reply #35 on: July 06, 2017, 08:44:18 AM »
Mid year update:
1. Get ice dance skates. (In progress, should happen by Christmas) WELL IT TOOK UNTIL APRIL TO GET THE DARN THINGS.
2. Pass Bronze dances. Testing Hickory in August. Maybe Willow. Just can't get my free foot to stay glued to my skating foot on three turns, it's a work in progress.
3. Start Pre-Silver dances.
4. Pass Pre-Juvenile MITF. Testing in August.
5. Pass Juvenile MITF.
6. Start Intermediate MITF.
7. Pass Adult Silver and Adult Gold MITF.  Maybe Adult Silver in August. Planning Gold in November.
8. Get the darn backspin. IT IS CLOSE. In the meantime I figured out how to do a waltz jump in dance skates and my scratch spin is solid.
9. Learn to sew my own skating dresses.

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Re: 2017 Skating Resolutions
« Reply #36 on: July 06, 2017, 10:47:38 AM »
I ordered custom skates after an in-person measuring visit in late May of last year. 

With holidays and vacation, let's call it June.
The first pair, which were way too big/wide, arrived in November.
The replacements arrived in January.

It was a long wait and I'm glad to have them, but I miss Klingbeil's six-week turnaround. (And the bagels.)
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