Ice House progress report (Really long)

Ice House progress report (Really long)

Post by Franklin Romer » Sun, 24 Sep 2000 04:00:00


Well it's been some time and I thought I'd post another progress report.  I
have to say that I couldn't be any happier about how my skating has been
going.  It's been tough to focus as much as I'd like to on skating because
I've got a full-time job and I'm getting my Master's at night so that leaves
me with just the weekends to work on skating.  So, I have to shake off a
week's worth of rust each time I go to the rink but I think I'm handling it
well.  That's enough generalities.  Time for the specifics.

First off, they've instituted a new system at Ice House.  Now we're all on
the USFSA "Learn to Skate with US" program.  It's really organized and I'm
really happy about it.  The classes are smaller and there is a definite set
of skills that we have to learn to move on to the next level.  I really like
that because it really gives me a sense of clarity and focus when I'm in
class.  I've got the same teacher that I've had for the past three sessions
and she's great.  Anyways, I'm now capable of doing crossovers both forwards
and backwards, clockwise and counter-clockwise.  I can also do the snowplow
stop now (Yay!!!!)  but only on one side.  The other side is coming along
though and I expect to get that soon.  I've also learned forward inside
three turns on both sides to go with the forward outside three turns I
learned about a month ago.  I can also do spirals and lunges and bunny hops
too.  We were also taught a few backward to forward turns on a circle both
on one foot and two feet.  Well, we were doing our stuff when another
teacher came over and tested us for our Basic Skills level 6 elements.  I
passed!!!  Then to make it better, guess who tested me.  It was Camie
Doyle!!!  She was really nice.  She said I did really well and that I passed
with flying colors.  Imagine my glee!!!  I wished her well on her skating
and she seemed really appreciative.  After we were tested our teacher and
the other girl that I take this class with started working on our level 7
elements.  We started off with forward inside mohawks.  Those went pretty
well for me.  Well I started to do some back crossovers and I didn't think
that our teacher was looking at me since she was working with the other
student in the class so I went ahead and tried a waltz jump and landed it!
Well it turns out that our teacher was looking at me.  She started laughing
and called me a big show-off and asked me if I really wanted to compete that
badly.  My response:  a resounding (and probably overly-loud) YES!!!  The
girl I have the class with said the same thing.  Well our teacher seemed
really happy about our desire to compete.  We'll see where this ends up but
I definitely feel like I've made considerable progress as has the girl who
takes the class with me.  I still need to work on several details.  First
off, I have long legs so that helps my line but my teacher said that I need
to work on toe-point so that's next on the agenda along with all of the new
elements we'll be working on.  Also, I feel like I build up a lot of speed
but sometimes I feel like I'm careening wildly as opposed to skating
smoothly.  So control is also something I need to focus my efforts on too.
I also have a tendency to pitch forward too much on my back crossovers so
that's gotta go too.

Celebrity Sightings:

I really had to mention John Zimmerman.  I saw him and talked to him for the
first time a couple of months ago as I've already reported, but he has got
to be one of the nicest people on this planet.  He always says hi to me and
he asks how I am.  When I ask how he's doing he's always very appreciative.
It feels really great to have a conversation with him.  I wish I could have
wished him and Kyoko good luck on next week's Keri Lotion Classic but I
didn't see him today.  (Good luck John and Kyoko!!)  I've also seen Kyoko a
couple of times but haven't said much to her because I'm usually just on my
way out or she is on her way out so I haven't really had a good oppurtunity
to say much.  She seems nice enough though.

I also have to mention Elaine Zayak.  She coaches several young skaters and
seems really cool as a coach.  She's very perky and that really helps the
skaters to keep their energy up.  She also, for whatever reason, has
happened to be present at the times when I skate my absolute worst.  Let me
tell you, when I'm not skating particularly well it gets really ugly really
fast.  She seems nice though and I hope she doesn't mind my flopping around
out there when she's trying to teach.  I also make every effort to keep
clear and not disturb her or her students so hopefully I'm not being too
distracting.

Well that's all for now.  I'll keep you all posted if you don't mind.
       Thanks,
           Frank

 
 
 

Ice House progress report (Really long)

Post by Ruth Lafle » Mon, 25 Sep 2000 09:23:16

Quote:

> Well it's been some time and I thought I'd post another progress report.  I
> have to say that I couldn't be any happier about how my skating has been
> going.

<snip Frank's wonderful progress> Wow, Frank! I'm impressed!

Quote:
> Well that's all for now.  I'll keep you all posted if you don't mind.

No, I really enjoy your reports. Keep up the good work!

--Ruth

 
 
 

Ice House progress report (Really long)

Post by john » Mon, 25 Sep 2000 04:00:00

Quote:
> I definitely feel like I've made considerable progress as has the girl who
> takes the class with me.  I still need to work on several details.

Don't we all. I wish I could find a class that I could get too.
I'm too far from the ice, but maybe in about a year, the ice
will be here.

Quote:
> off, I have long legs so that helps my line but my teacher said that I
need
> to work on toe-point so that's next on the agenda along with all of the
new
> elements we'll be working on.  Also, I feel like I build up a lot of speed
> but sometimes I feel like I'm careening wildly as opposed to skating
> smoothly.

My feeling about that is that it is better to skate in a loose and
free manner regardless of how it looks. I feel that I have a lot
of control that many others don't have. It shows up when I'm
trying new jumps in that I don't crash very much at all. I suspect
that is why I'm able to handle the PicFrames as well as I do.
I'm pretty much always in control.

Quote:
> I also have a tendency to pitch forward too much on my back crossovers so
> that's gotta go too.

Yep. But don't forget where those toe-picks are. When you
first try to break the habit, there is a small tendency to sit too
low, and when fatigue sets in ... ouch. You seem to be getting
this sport under control. Ain't it great!

johns