Lanie - sorry to hear about your ankle, but glad your coach is warming to your music and will help you pull together a nice program.
hlagirl25 - welcome! We THOUGHT we saw someone lurking there in the shadows. Glad you've come out to join us. Good job on the outside/inside spiral. There are skaters at higher levels who struggle with it, so that's a great accomplishment. Sounds like you've made a lot of progress in two years, so keep on going on those half and single jumps! How are your spins? That is my weak point. I'm still trying to regain my centering skills.
YOWZA - Wednesday's skating session was just AWESOME for me. First, there were only two of us on the ice for the first 75 minutes, and then I was alone for the last 30! One of my goals for the session was to cover the ice better, and with no one to get in my way, I couldn't "cheat" and had to keep moving. Gosh, if thighs could spontaneously combust, you guys could've taken marshmallows and made s'mores! I worked hard on my first new (small) footwork sequence, trying to understand how it fits into my music and second to gain confidence with the RBI 3-turn/RFO bracket into a left back inner "loopy thing" into a twisty toe pick thing. My problem is that I can either get a GREAT speed going prior to these steps and then the evil bracket tries to SLAM me into the ice. Or I can slow the whole front end down and complete all of these moves ... and then find that I am about 1/3 down the ice of where I need to end so that I can do my 3 strong back crossovers into a lutz/RBO3/mohawk/salchow and still wind up in the opposite corner. Hmm ... speed v. control, control v. speed. I need BOTH!!! My jumps were "on" and I did a run-through of all the singles.
OWZA - I really was not liking my camel spin, whether alone or with a sit or camel/sit/back sit. I attempted my pathetic attitude spins, which look like a dog marking his territory. I DON'T think that's the look the judges are going for this year!
YOWZA - Today's practice was definitely a 10. Hubby came to videotape me, and I was able to nip some dog/hydrant/peeing attitude spins in the bud by watching the replay and then figuring out a better way to get my leg back there. I'm still riding up on the toe, but I think practice will make perfect. I practiced my 2sal take-offs (I'm supposed to "abort" the jump in mid-air), but on one of them I almost landed it and on another I SWEAR that I landed it (albeit cheated at least 1/4 turn) and it got me so excited that I couldn't calm down enough to do them again!!! We were on the big ice today, so I again worked at covering more ice with more speed. When everyone else plays their program music, it's all slow and ballet-like and flowy, and I come out there all dramatic and crashy and fast. My goal is to look as strong as my music sounds. My camel spins came to visit me today, and I was pleased with the camel/sit. The back sit still causes me trouble. My rump comes up in the air and my shoulders hunch over. Did anyone see Shrek? You know when the donkey (?) sings "I like big butts and I cannot lie" and shakes his butt around? Yep, that's it ... that's the look!
OWZA - nothing bad about the practice, but I leave for a business trip Monday which means that I have 9 days off the ice. Bummer. I'm going to practice off-ice jumping and work on my flexibility while I'm away.
I don't know if I'll be able to check in much, so I wish everyone fabulous skating for next week.