I’ve been faithfully skating, though clearly blogging has fallen by the wayside. Life has been busy — I make the time to go to my lessons and practice, but have been too swamped to write about it. It’s something I’m determined to get better at, because I do really enjoy having a record of my progress, and my faulty memory isn’t to be trusted to keep track of it on its own.
So my two-year skating anniversary came and went, and although I’m about a month late, I figured it would be nice to look back on the past year to sum up my progress, much as I did for my first year of skating. Year 2’s records are a lot spottier, but let’s see what I can pull together:
Year 2 in summary:
Goals for the coming year:
Bronze program: I picked out music for my next program and am eager to get working on it. I don’t know yet when I’ll test my Bronze Freestyle again (hopefully this spring), but there are a couple of competitions I’d like to do in the summer at the Bronze level. I can skate up a level so it’s not imperative that I test before then, but I would like a new program for them — I really do love my current program (the one I competed Pre-Bronze and used for my Bronze test), but for the test we stripped it pretty bare to the elements with minimal choreography so I’m looking forward to adding back more interesting choreographic elements. They’re so hard to perform, but add so much. I know my skills aren’t as strong as many Bronze skaters (I don’t have a lutz, or a jump+loop combo) but I’d rather push myself than to stay at Pre-Bronze.
Moves in the field: I’m slowly getting a handle on the Silver patterns. The 3-turns are the weakest (as I think they must be for everyone) but I’m getting stronger and more comfortable with the patterns, like the cross-strokes, power pulls, spirals, and the 8-step. If I’m ready I may want to test toward the end of the year, but I’m not in a hurry.
Jumps: I really, really want to get my lutz — I feel like I’m on the cusp of figuring it out. I’ve done a couple before so it’s not that I’ve never managed one, but they’ve been lucky more than anything, and I’m unable to do them at will. And I’m also struggling to do the loop as a second jump in a combo, although I’m now very comfortable doing solo loops. It’s just that timing that I can’t pin down, and it terrifies me when I miss it and the skate just slips. Ack!
Spins: I’m really enjoying backspin now that I can do it most of the times that I attempt it. Next come the back sit and back camel, both of which are going to take a lot of work. Camel remains off-and-on. And I’ve recently been taught the layback spin, which right now is more like a look-upwards spin. Baby steps.
In general: More power, more speed, more command! Mostly, my goals are to keep skating and to keep progressing. When I first started skating I found that I was obsessed with advancing FAST, because there was so much to learn that I wanted to be there already. Now I’m more content to chip away at things slowly and perfect and polish, and am trying to enjoy the whole process. That’s important because skating really is my meditative exercise, and I find that when I can’t get to the rink as often as I like, I get stressed and cranky — which is doubly bad because usually it’s because I’m stressed and cranky (with work) that I can’t go skating in the first place.
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Eva @ Eva Bakes said:
Those are some fantastic accomplishments, Sarah! Bravo! And your list of goals for the year are definitely reachable. I agree that skating is a journey – you are not going to perfect things overnight. We all have to understand that there will be “bad” skating days where an element may not be working well, and to learn to let it go. Skating Bronze for those competitions sounds like a great idea, and it will be a good warmup for the Bronze test when you are ready for it. I’m rooting for you! 🙂
Thanks for all the encouragement Eva! It’s been inspiring to see your progress too. It gives me things to look forward to!
Mary @ Fit and Fed said:
Skating as meditative exercise— that is really true for me, too. Nice list of your skating year. I should do the same thing, write up what I’ve done over the past year and my current goals. I also want to improve my spins, those are another one of those skating areas that you just have to chip away at, as you say. I also wanted to move ahead quickly but have found that each level has taken me a longer amount of time to complete.
Hi mary, i think that’s definitely true, the skills just get harder as you go so it takes longer to pass through each level. It’s a good thing I enjoy the meticulous repetition of skating — I can see how kids get bored of working on the same thing all the time, but I have a much higher tolerance for that thankfully!