Had to name the thread this week as I had my first synchro lesson this morning.
In Sync: This is FUN!!! We have a new coach from Canada who moved into the area to take a sports related job. She skated synchro for 14 years and just loves the sport and it shows. She already started the kids team, now its the adult's turn.
We went over all the basics: Skating in a line, skating in a circle, skating in blocks, basic pinwheel and "passing through." It wasn't easy, but it was a good challenge. The five of us did pretty well for first timers and were all proud of what we were able to do. Ashleigh is a great coach--she explains things well and gave individual attention when needed. Initial goal is to put together a program for the holiday exhibition in December and possibly compete in the spring if we can get enough people. She has a pro friend in Canada cutting some music for us, so that should be exciting. The best thing is that this is going to be a great way to refine basic skating technique, which will be very helpful for me.
Sync or swim: Know what? Its darn HARD to do crossovers, mohawks and three turns while holding on to two people in a circle!!!! Several moves were very challenging, but I'm sure I'll get them with time. I also had to re-learn technique for a left foot snowplow stop, and my husband had to learn the one foots for the first time. He has several things he wants to work on with his singles coach tomorrow. He's not sure he wants to do synchro, but he's giving it the old college try and he's better than he thinks he is (at this time, he's the lowest level skater in the group, but not much below me who's next on the "skate" chain.).
I definitely like it and plan to stick with it. The only problem is, boy, are my arms tired!!! I joked that tomorrow morning, we'll all be like little Randy in his snowsuit in "A Christmas Story", namely...
"I CAN'T PUT MY ARMS DOWN!!!!!!!!!!"
Happy skating, everyone!!!
Yaz, the future Haydenette (in my dreams!!!)