Is the sun shining and are the birds singing, or are flood warnings being issued for your skating this week? DO TELL!!!
Rain, rain, go away: Ooch, SORE lower chest and stomach muscles this week, because of...
Sunshine day: Learning to do better LUNGES!!! My synchro coach decided to help me get lower with my lunges on Friday. You should have seen this: She's holding up one arm, my buddy Kim has the other, and we all lunge together. I looked like a frail little old lady being helped down the sidewalk!!!! The kicker is, IT WORKED!!! While its still shaky on my left side (right leg back, which I've never done before taking synchro), I showed my freestyle coach my new and improved "Ashleigh lunge" on the right leg (named in honor of the synchro coach) today, and she couldn't believe it. For the first time, I was getting all the way down. Looks like my footwork program may have a lunge.
Otherwise, we worked on moves for my new footwork program ("Sway" by Michael Buble). We did inside edge swing rolls, inside slides into mohawk, and short outside swings onto toepicks. I came up with a back spiral into waltz jump for one break in the music, and coach liked it so well, we changed the ballet jump out of back spiral in my artistic program to a waltz--its stronger and looks better. She's going to choregraph the rest this week. I just love getting new programs!!!