Thursday, October 31, 2013

Moving through my doubles!

Woo-hoo!! Landed my Axel-toe, Axel-loop, and, wait for it.... double Salchow!!! I am so excited!! It seems, though, I land my hard jumps on the night sessions when my coach isn't there, then when I'm in a lesson, I can't do crap. Seriously, I landed 2 double loops in a row the other night, and in my lesson, I couldn't do ONE. Not ONE!!! I mean, come on!!

Tonight I went skating because I thought nobody was going to be there. Sadly, I was wrong :(. I wasn't as packed as usually though, so I'm not entirely disappointed. My camel spin was a lot better, and, like I said, I landed some of my hard doubles/axel combos. I also landed my loop again once.


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Landed my first double flip today!!!

So, today was my lesson day, and I didn't have any more luck with double loop but I did land double flip!!! I'm so excited because today was the first day I've ever even attempted one, and I landed it!!! Granted, it wasn't a very good landing, but still.

I posted a video on Instagram and I think I will on youTube, also.

Here's the link for My Instagram Page

Monday, October 28, 2013

Landed my first double today!!!

Drum roll please...

Today I landed my double loop for the first time! Who-hoo! I'm super excited because,

a. It's my very first double! (not counting axel, which is only one and a half rotations)
b. I only started it two weeks ago, and that's pretty good knowing me!

I landed it twice in a row, even though the first time was a little under-rotated. The second was good though, if a little wobbly.

I totally almost landed double salchow, too. 'Almost' being the key word here. I came off on the right foot and all, but my free leg swing around and toe-picked the ice. Technically I did kind of land it, just not well :p. I have a lesson tomorrow so hopefully I can land my double salchow and perfect my double loop!


Saturday, October 26, 2013

I've actually got some news today!

First off, I put up a new webshow, so go check it out! And the reason I look like hell for my video is that lately my only time to post is late at night before bed, so I'm all done up in my pajamas and messy hair :p. Don't judge!! I'm planning on posting another spinner tutorial soon, also.

Secondly, I started a new thing on Instagram: 'You're a figure skater if...'. I hope you like it, and feel free to leave idea's for new posts in the comments!!! Thank you to all of my Instagram followers, also!

Okay, ready to get down to my skating news. I'm finally at the point in the season where I'm learning stuff instead of trying to get stuff back from last year. I've been working on (jump wise), double salchow, double toe loop, double loop, and according to my coach I'm going to start double flip this Tuesday. I'm scared!!! Here's kind of an overview of where I'm at with each of my jumps:

Double salchow: I actually landed it the other day, but I fell on the landing. Since then I haven't been crossing my legs right. I'm getting closer, though!! Better than last year.

Double toe loop: I'm unfortunately not anywhere close to landing this jump! I never cross my legs, it's horrible! Lately my coach has been taking a different tactic, and I pretend I'm going to do a toe-loop backspin instead of a double toe. It's helped a lot, but I'm still under-rotated.

Double loop: It pains me how close I am to landing this. For some reason, though, I keep landing on my left foot, or on both feet. Help me!!!

There you have it. I'm also working on doing an axel and jumping straight into another axel. Also,  doing on with my hands over my head off ice. I haven't had the courage to try it on ice yet, though, even though I've landed it off ice.

Spin wise, I'm pretty behind. Here's an overview:
For some reason my camel spin remains to be perfected, even though I'm working on back camel. I think my camel are close to being arch enemies.

 I'm also working on getting my sit spin all the way down, but I'm not strong enough so I'm doing a lot of thigh exercises.

Cannonball isn't really working out, so I'm hoping to get my sit spin down, then my cannonball will come after.

Sit spin, back sit spin is working out super well, but when I go straight into a back sit spin with out the initial sit spin (Sorry if that's confusing) it's not as good. I've actually gone all the way down once in a back sit. I'm going to try back cannonball soon!

Layback still evades me. Every time I bring my leg behind, I go onto my toe pick, even if I haven't leaned back yet. Any tips for this?

I've tried Camel-grab, and beillman spin, but don't tell my coach! I think she would come down on me with blades of wrath if she knew I was trying it without her!!!

Well, that's pretty much it. I'm working on my Preliminary test again, after I failed because my power threes weren't powerful enough and my spirals were too low (embarrasing, I know). I'm getting better at the power three's, though, and I've been stretching a lot so my spirals are higher. Hopefully I'll pass this time!
I'm also going to a show out of town in December, and it's Olympic themed. I'm going to do a rock version of the Star Spangled Banner!
Here's the link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8C7i9kdEf8

It's kind of slow in the beginning, but then it picks up speed a ton!!

Well, this post is really long now so I'd better wrap it up!

As always, remember to comment!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Finally getting into the groove!

I think I'm finally caught up level wise to where I was last year, and I'm happy! No more falling on lutz's (or as I like to call them, Klutz's) and sit spins, no more toe pick-y crossovers, just me, doubles, and combo spins. Oh, and my stupid Preliminary test that I'm doing. I only failed by 1/10th last year because I was super unflexible and my spirals were below my hip.

     Anyways, I haven't had a lesson for a week because my coach was gone a regionals and she didn't get back until earlier today, so my skills are not exactly fine-tuned. I did work on double Salchow for the second time since the season started, and it's as bad as ever. One time I almost landed it, I just landed on two feet, the other times my arms weren't pulling in right and I couldn't cross my feet. I might post a video if I can stand the humiliation ;).
My cannonball spin is still not exactly perfect (translation: I haven't even come close to nailing it). I've decided to work on getting my sit ALL the way down before I work on it again, and my thighs are killing me.
My layback has gotten worse since I got the new blades + skates. I can't seem to find the center of my blade when I lean back, and I overcompensate by going on my toe pick instead of falling backwards to my death.

 In other news, the poll(aka, you guys), said for me to do more tutorials. That's great, but one problem... What tutorials should I do?? Comment on any of my posts here, on youTube, or on Instagram :).

Btw, thank you to all of my followers on Instagram!! I really appreciate it :). 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Excited for those of you going to Regionals!

Congratulations to all of you going to Regionals!!! I'm not going because I have this thing where I can't skate on Saturdays and didn't know my level wasn't competing on a Saturday until the last minute. I do have 4 people from my rink traveling to Tacoma, though, including my coach!! I'm going to be watching Ice Network, cheering them on :). So, to those of you who are going, congrats and good luck!!

In other news, I skated all day yesterday and landed my Axel for the first time this season! In addition, I worked on double Salchow and layback. Layback I worked on once the season started, but not since I've gotten my new skates/blades. Suffice to say I have bruises EVERYWHERE.

Also, I'm not going to be able to post any videos on Instagram because my tablet insists on being retarded and I can't upload from anywhere else. I'll have to stick with YouTube.

Well, that's pretty much it!


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Thanks, guys!

Thanks to those of you who are now following me on Instagram! It means a ton :). I'm going skating here in a little bit so I'll post some of those jump and spin videos unless my tablet is being stupid, which happened last time I posted videos.

Shout-out to:

figure_skaters_believe
&
justfigureskaters

for following me!!!