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    Updates on everyone

    So how is skating going for everyone? I haven't been here in a while! I hope everything is well.

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    I've been practicing for my Adult Bronze MIF test for next Friday. I practiced so hard last week that I pulled a muscle in my butt and couldn't skate for 4 days.
    Back on the ice this Monday and everything is fine.

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    That's awful about your muscle! I'm glad that you're better now. I hope that you do skate well for your test and pass!

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    My axel is finally consistent (and MAN does it feel good) and I'm getting closer and closer to landing double sal (funny how anything more than a week is way too long).
    Spins are getting so much better, which is crazy exciting as I've hated spinning (especially camels) since I was a wee thing. My layback is just not what it was over the summer, but I'll be stretching my back and hips more, and I'm sure that soon I'll be able to see the ice behind me again. I've started working on flying camel for synchro, and I think soon I'll try bielmanns seriously (hopefully rotations>2 and speed>2mph).
    I'm taking intermediate moves in a few weeks (nerves! Oh well, I'll just have to practice until they're perfect) and if I pass, I will have gotten five of eight moves tests in less than a year! Who knows, maybe I can get novice too.

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    I'm trying to shake this cold thing...no fever but coughing, runny nose, tiredness, and I've lost my voice so I can't yell at my kids (to their delight-they've been pushing my buttons...)

    Went up to the Halloween Classic at Aston on Saturday, but left early because I felt so crappy......then realized after I left I forgot to order DVD's of the pre-bronze and bronze freestyle skate Didn't get to watch improv skating or pairs....only testing session.

    No skating today-no rehearsal for the show....recuperating.

    That being said, Friday I skated and did much better than earlier in the week (when the bug hit me hard). My spins were good and centered. I was able to glide out of the landing on the Salchow a few times (I've had a problem with stopping). Realized that my CW crossovers stink and need work.

    No skating until Tuesday, when I should be better (I hope!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skate@Delaware
    Realized that my CW crossovers stink and need work.
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    This really worked for me and I don't know if you tried this or not for CW x-overs (I'm assuming you're talking about the foreward x-overs, the backward ones come much quicker in both directions with practice but it doesn't seem that way with the foreward ones). My coach made me do crossrolls (alt fwd x-overs ) and told me to keep my legs in the crossed position for an entire circle and then do another circle with the legs in another crossed position (ie first one would be the right over left leg, second would be left over rt [the hard position])- basically looks like a figure 8. It was murder keeping my legs in the left over rt position (for clockwise fwd crossover) and keep the momentum to finish the circle. But I kept doing it and now I don't even think about clockwise x-overs. I just do them automatically and as easily as counterclockwise crossovers.

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    I passed my first pre-gold dance yesterday, which is definitely one of the crowning achievements of my life so far! AND that means I am now cleared to do AN this next year if my partner & I decide to go for it.

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    Last week I went skating and managed to squeak out an axel, a double toe, and a double sal. I hadn't skated in like 4 months so I was pretty happy.

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    CONGRATS Backspin on passing your pre-gold dance!

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    Thank you!! Please let us know how your test goes this Friday, & good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by soogar
    This really worked for me and I don't know if you tried this or not for CW x-overs (I'm assuming you're talking about the foreward x-overs, the backward ones come much quicker in both directions with practice but it doesn't seem that way with the foreward ones). My coach made me do crossrolls (alt fwd x-overs ) and told me to keep my legs in the crossed position for an entire circle and then do another circle with the legs in another crossed position (ie first one would be the right over left leg, second would be left over rt [the hard position])- basically looks like a figure 8. It was murder keeping my legs in the left over rt position (for clockwise fwd crossover) and keep the momentum to finish the circle. But I kept doing it and now I don't even think about clockwise x-overs. I just do them automatically and as easily as counterclockwise crossovers.
    I haven't tried anything to help my crossovers (uh, avoidance?) I'm willing to give these a try! CW are horrible (i'm not comfy going that way)....I also have to work on extension with the crossovers (in addition to that under-push)! I really let them get sloppy (my bad!) Skating tomorrow so these are on my to-do list!

    Backspin--CONGRATS!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skate@Delaware
    I haven't tried anything to help my crossovers (uh, avoidance?) I'm willing to give these a try! CW are horrible (i'm not comfy going that way)....I also have to work on extension with the crossovers (in addition to that under-push)! I really let them get sloppy (my bad!) Skating tomorrow so these are on my to-do list!
    It would probably make your life easier if you just focused on getting the cross position and staying in it for now before worrying about the extension in the push off and the underbrush. [this is all based on my experience, you can do with my advice what you wish ] The reason why is because the extension and the brush underneath (to get that extra push) require the body to balance and the thing that tests the body's balance is the crossed portion of the x-over. Once the body gets comfortable with crossing the feet in that direction, the other components of the x-over become easy.

    I've been working on fwd x-overs for a year and a half and would struggle practicing cw x-overs. I've worked with a private coach and group lessons and I was always frustrated and they would make me repeat the cw x-over over and over again and it never got easier. I'm working with a new coach and it's only been 3 lessons with him so far, and just a week of doing circles with my feet in a crossed position has done wonders for my cw x-overs. Now they look pretty good and I'm able to move on to other forward stroking that incorporates fwd x-overs in both directions.

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    Skate@Delaware, do you suppose that cold worked its way up the east coast to New Hampshire? Sounds like what I have, achey, tired, runny nose, sore throat. (No kids to yell at for me, though!)

    backspin, which pre-gold was it? That's so awesome! Congratulations!

    dlkksk8fan, your're testing Friday (11/11)? Me, too! I'm taking Rhythm Blues (my last preliminary dance) and pre-pre MIF. My coach has gone from being iffy on the MiF to cautiously optimistic. Today she told me to remember to look confident, no matter what happens.

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    juliet-oh ya looking confident is a big help. I had a lesson yesterday with another instructor (my coach is out of the country with her ice dance team) and she said to perform and smile.

    good luck on Friday!

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    Quote Originally Posted by julietvalcouer
    Skate@Delaware, do you suppose that cold worked its way up the east coast to New Hampshire? Sounds like what I have, achey, tired, runny nose, sore throat. (No kids to yell at for me, though!)
    If that's what you have, then be a good girl and be sure to get plenty of rest, drink TONS of fluids, and don't over-stress yourself!! Lots of people around here are sick with either this cold or the flu...

    I hope you get well soon!

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