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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Back on Ice ~ practice 28 Jan 2013

My practice session on 28 Jan 2013

Ten weeks after having my baby, there's still a lot that feels "off", especially in terms of balance and strength. Even when trying the Axel off-ice I was totally off-center! (needless to say, I'm not trying that on ice as yet)

Sit spin is not bad, but there's still the "cannot get up" feeling. Back spin is getting better ~ this is not in the video, but here's a tracing on the right. Its a bit hard to see, but it is there!

The layback was rather lame, but well, it was the first I dared to try, and I didn't dare to really lay back. Back camel could be better.

I did not take videos of the single jumps. Jump landings are much better now compared to 4 weeks ago when I couldn't seem to hold a landing on a waltz jump! I got the courage to try some double toes (in video above), but none of them were anywhere near spectacular...

Friday, January 04, 2013

Six weeks... for a second time

My second little one is now six weeks old. Déjà vu? I seem to have said something similar over 4 years ago: Six Weeks...

On New Year's day, I went skating for the first time this year (duh!). Ok, I mean I skated for real for the first time since April last year. I had gone back on the ice last week, but didn't do much beyond skate round the rink and play with my first little one. Yes, my boots fit, I can skate and will start coaching again this weekend.

So, as with usual training sessions, I started off with stroking, turns, etc. I had gotten my blades sharpened a few weeks ago, so for some reason my right blade felt too sharp while my left blade felt like it was slipping. Wonder if there's something wrong with my left foot, for I seem to frequently have problems with my left blade, though I almost always get used to it.

Moved on to backspins, and though they were mostly ok, my weight seemed to always be too far to the right. Gotta fix that! The picture on the right is the tracing of one of the backspins, can see how scratchy (and travelling) it is! Forward spins, sit spins were ok, though I had trouble getting up from the sit position on one foot...

When I got to jumping, started with a waltz jump - oh how small that was, and the landing was a bit shaky (again, leaning too far to the right). The next few got slightly better. Salchow, toe loop and loop were again "small". *sigh* why can't I lift properly on the take-off? That was when I suddenly realized that I still have about 6kg of baby weight to lose! ACK!

Well, this is going to take some time to get back to "normal". Just gotta work at it! AS for coaching, I will be back to coaching SkateStar this weekend... see y'all on the ice! :-)