Starshine and Rachel - Congrats on your moves and best wishes for a fun and wonderful school year. Hope the skating things sort themselves out soon and that you can indulge your obsession like the rest of us.
Yazmeen - crack me up with that story!!! I love the image of you doing your 3 turns in lab coat and wedgie sandals!
TOOTHSOME - can you say AXEL/AXEL??!!! Yes, it's true. I was practicing my axels and thinking it would be cool if I could do an axel/toe loop in my new gold program (instead of "just" an axel). Even though I was landing the axels, I didn't like the landings (wasn't checking properly), so I thought maybe I'd try to do an axel/waltz jump to settle things down. But when I landed the first axel, it felt so good, I decided to try a second one and I landed it! Then, just to be sure it wasn't a fluke, I did another set! Wow that felt good.
We only had three people on the freshly made ice today, so it was like bonus day. Plus, they let us skate from 1:15 until 3:30. I worked hard on all my gold elements and also timing of the first part of my program which we've reworked. I was pleased with my practice and kicked my own butt. I ended with 8 minutes of power skating to my music.
TIRESOME: My camel spins aren't as dead-on as they were last week and my camel/sit/back sit felt like I was sliding sideways. Sure enough, I think my blades are too dull to "hold" the spin! So I'm going to take the skates in this weekend. Also, adding the new connecting moves to my program has made getting into the elements so much more difficult. Not that that's bad--I like the challenge. But while I felt like I had finally "conquered" my silver program and was beginning to add flair to it, now I'm back to just trying to slog through the basics and get the program down.
TOOTHSOME: But that's the fun of it, isn't it???!!! :D