What with one thing and another, I hadn't been on the ice since the
end of March. Mid-July, finally got back.
Whew! The ice was sooooooo much slippier than I recalled! Yikes!
Fortunately after one session, it was back to feeling normal (that is,
*I* was used to it again), but WOW, that makes me remember how VERY
much braveness it must take for everyone starting skating!
Amazingly, there was no getting re-used to my boots at all -- they
felt just right from the get-go. Yeee-hah, three-cheers for
split-width boots so they're the right size and shape!
Fun just skating around, slowly adding things back in. Experiencing
skating freed of the built-up clutter of having all the technical
details of lessons in the forefront of my mind.
FI mohawks suddenly seem much easier. I seem to have finally grasped
how checked one must be: it's not like holding a giant pizza, it's
like holding a giant ruler length-wise, LOL. Seriously, keeping the
entrance and exit feeling very very stretched out and straight in my
upper body and arms, like the "very uncurved" entrance to the
half-flip we'd just started in ISI FS1 this spring, seems to work well
for me on general mohawks too.
Back in lessons, coach introduced the front cross-strokes and 5-step
mohawk pattern (from pre-juv? I haven't looked it up yet to
double-check). Like everything else in skating, the key to the
cross-strokes was completely different from anything I had been able
to come up with in my own uninstructed attempts. Following my coach's
advice, they felt lovely and smooth. Power and speed will come, I'm
One of my classes this summer is a beginning *** synchro class.
Fun, fun, fun! I hope we can get good enough to look *good* in the
next ice show. It's really fun skating connected to other people, and
it's fun learning different kinds of moves and "presenting" in
different directions, and not just focusing on hyper-technical bits
that my other skating classes tend to be.
Every local ice show seems to have some synchro bits now, and almost
uniformly my reaction is that they're *really* *bad*. To enjoy
watching these, I need to find a way to see beyond the
out-of-step-ness, and the raggedy lines, and the out-of-control
asymmetric egg-beaters, and see the bits that they have mastered.
This is the way I can enjoy the beginning skaters (tots or older)
coming out and doing their "clump in a circle" bits, or the slightly
more advanced skaters doing their "wow, they got a millimeter off the
Watching one ice dancer doing the quickstep -- beautiful and lilting
so you felt the dance, even when the music wasn't on -- and another
couple learning the Waltz (I don't know which one, but the one where
they're always stepping into each other and going around & around) --
ooooh, I want to be able to skate like that, smooth and easy.