I’m a few months late to my skating anniversary, but I figured it’s better late than never. I know that later on I’ll wish I’d posted about Year 3, even though right now I don’t feel like I have much to say specifically about it.
My third skating anniversary was in February, when I wasn’t doing a whole lot of skating. In fact, until this month I hadn’t done much skating at all this year, given my big move in March. I use a skating app to track my ice time for sharpening purposes (SkaterBase is great, and I recommend upgrading from the free app to the paid version, because it stores more than 3 months of data), and I only skated three times in April, and three times in May. Yikes! I’m amazed I didn’t lose more skills, at that rate!
Because I was busier with work during my third year of skating, I don’t have as many milestones or shiny new skills that I can say I learned over the course of that year specifically. In fact I started listing things and then realized they fell under Year 2, not 3.
I did pass my bronze freestyle test (on the second try), and put together a new program that I want to use for future bronze-level competitions. I added some spins to the practice repertoire, like back camel and back sit, although I don’t “have” either spin yet. My coach also started me on a layback spin, which at the moment is more like a look-up spin. I worked on getting my sit spin into a “true” sit position, and steadily worked at flip and lutz jumps. Flip became a lot more consistent — not pretty, but landed a lot of the time — while lutz was still a work in progress.
Moves: I learned the silver moves patterns and slowly worked away at them, and also learned some of the gold patterns, just to get a jump on practicing brackets, double threes, and power circles. I had hoped to test silver moves last year, which didn’t happen.
Mostly, it was a year of building skills, adding power and speed and skating with more command. I do feel like I was able to do that, although those are goals that don’t have an endpoint; I’ll probably want to keep increasing power and flow forever!
And so, since I’ve finally started to settle into my new skating routine, I feel like setting concrete goals is a manageable feat.
Goals for the upcoming year:
- Pass Silver Moves test. According to my new coach, she thinks I can do this sooner rather than later. She said maybe July or August, though I told her I’d like to have the skills above passing level because I know I’ll get nervous and I still sometimes step out of the back 3-turns. Still, testing before/by autumn seems worth shooting for.
- Combo spin: Get it consistent in program — camel-sit-backspin, or better yet, camel-sit-back sit. My camel is so erratic that I can sometimes pull off a nice combo if I hit it, or miss the entire spin if I don’t nail the entry perfectly.
- Back camel. I LOVE the feeling of this spin when I get it going! The forward camel doesn’t give me that thrill, but the back camel just feels so good on the blade.
- Layback. I get so dizzy! But I’d love to put this in a program.
- Axel. My goal isn’t to land an axel, just to start working on the jump itself, instead of only doing prep exercises.
- Dramatic program. I’ve gotten fairly comfortable with my bronze freestyle program, but want to keep it since I never got to perform/compete it. But I’d like to add a dramatic program, so that if (when!) I go to Sectionals/Nationals, I can participate in more than one event.
- Compete. Technically Sectionals/Nationals falls under my next year’s goals, but I’ll be working toward that all this year. I’m starting my fund now!
Eva @ Eva Bakes said:
Those are some great yet achievable goals for the year, Sarah! You know I’ll be here to support you in whatever way I can. You’ll have to give me tips on the back camel since that spin is still difficult for me to do. What are you doing with your arms in that spin? Are there in an “airplane” position or something different? I jump and spin CW, so I’ll have to flip whatever you do. 🙂
Aw, thanks for always being so supportive and positive! As for back camel, it’s so unpredictable that I don’t even know what I’ve done when I get it right! I go into it with arms in the checked position similar to a backspin, bent forward, and as I rise and straighten the knee, the left arm pulls back. I try not to whip it too fast or rise in the knee too soon, and other than that it’s a mystery!