I’ve had a sporadic summer of skating — I’ve been going, but not as often as I’d like, and my practices have been a little unfocused. I’m actually in between coaches at the moment, and when I don’t have weekly lessons and a game plan, I find my practices can get a little random. I don’t mind, necessarily, since it’s nice to be able to relax and practice at my own pace, but I do feel like I work best in the long run when I have more of a set goal and direction. That’s next on my agenda!
But for now, I’m working on the same ol’ spins and jumps as ever, trying to make them better and more consistent. Here’s what some of them look like at the moment:
Notes to self:
- Sit spin is looking okay – can get lower, but almost there. Back sit is coming along, thankfully! I haven’t been able to get more than 1-2 revolutions on that until this summer, so that’s a new development.
- Camel is always a struggle. All my forward entry spins have been giving me trouble lately, and the problem seems to be in the entry hook. My most common error on the camel spin is that I don’t rise up smoothly and hook the spin into a nice centered circle, but rather the entry looks like a big 3-turn (hence the falling out early).
- Layback still looks crooked and ugly, but I think I can see what’s going wrong now. I’ve thought all this time that my problem was one thing, but looking at the video I see that it’s actually something else altogether! I’ve been trying to lift the free leg because it feels like I collapse on that side, but the free leg is actually high enough. In trying to lift it, I’m not tucking my hips under me properly, which results in that peeing-dog position I hate. I don’t think I’ve recorded my layback on video enough, and doing it sooner would have helped.
- Back camel is clearly falling on a very large outside edge/circle. It’s a miracle that upright backspin pulled up instead of falling out!
Eva @ Eva Bakes said:
Hi Sarah – your spins all show tons of promise and are progressing nicely! You are getting great speed in all of them. I agree that your entry edge is causing you to fall out of the camel – hold that hook a little longer. The entry of that spin is exactly the same as the sit spin. I am confident that you will get all of these in due time!
Thanks Eva! That camel entry will be the death of me. I agree I have to hold entry/hook… now if my body would just obey, that would be great! Just have to keep hammering away at it.
Being in between coaches is hard! I hope you can keep up your motivation until you get a new coaching relationship. You’ve done so well passing your gold moves and now working on all these freestyle elements.
Yes, being coachless is a challenge, isn’t it? I’m taking my time right now and feeling out options, but I definitely do feel antsy to get into regular lessons and working on programs again.
Back camel is quite lovely. LOL at the little girl who panicked when she saw you were filming and didn’t know where to go!
That girl made me laugh when I watched the video. Didn’t mean to scare her off with the camera!
Thanks for sharing video! Lots of revolutions and you look like you hit fairly centered positions on those sit and camel spins (even with the entry on the forward camel). Great that you’re making progress even between coaches–hope the game plan comes together now that fall is upon us!
Thanks Jo! I definitely prefer fall to summer, so I’m feeling optimistic — it feels like its time to start buckling down after a lazy vacation. 🙂