The past few weeks have been busy with visiting family and work travel, so not a lot of skating. I finally got back on the ice this past Monday after what seemed like forever.
Could it be that I’ve forgotten how to skate? I certainly remembered a lot of my bad habits, like dropping my free hip down on outside edges. I’m beginning to wonder whether all those years of poor form have lodged themselves into areas of the brain that I normally don’t use.
I am glad to be back, though. I did finally take the step to upgrade this blog so that there are no more ads, which I hope readers will appreciate.
Anyway, both lessons this week did a lot to remind me of how quickly I can fall back on old (bad) habits. But to my credit, I can recognize (with a little help from my coaches) that something is not right. I can even (with a little more help) correct it.
For instance, I have this tendency to drop my weight from one skate to another, rather than transferring weight over by pushing from one skate to another. I also tend to try to hang out over my skate rather than actually being on an edge, which makes it hard to use my edges in any purposeful way. I also sometimes still break at the hips, which means that my positions do not remain stable.
I could go on and on, but I have better things to do with my precious blog time rather than catalogue all my flaws. I’m hopeful that now that I’m back in the groove, I’ll have lots of positive things to report on in weeks to come.
So here’s a piece that has been running through my head quite a bit lately.
Plus lesson notes!
- Outside edge. Really be on the edge (work glutes on skating hip to get free hip higher).
- Work on push (let inside edge on pushing foot move to outside of circle). Transfer weight to new edge without falling forward (breaking at hips).
- Remember that the back inside edge falls on the outside of your midline.
- Forwards and backwards: 3 cross strokes and deep circle edge. Turn out free side against strong skating side. Going backwards: keep skating arm slightly bent and relaxed, don’t reach forward.
- Back inside 3 (toe to toe, turn on heel), forward inside three (heel to toe, turn in middle). Check body position in glass.
- Deep power pull swing roll, three turn, push back, repeat on other side. Do the swing roll with a deep knee bend and use your skating side to push into the ice. Don’t do the swing roll by swinging your free side around.
December 10, 2018 at 8:41 pm
Welcome back to the ice! I haven’t skated in a while either due to work travel. Can’t wait to get back on the ice! I loved your diagrams in this post. I think my brain is focused on What day of the week is it? / Have I finished all my holiday shopping yet? / Did I pay XYZ bill? / Ehat am I eating for dinner tomorrow? / What City am I in?
December 10, 2018 at 10:14 pm
What am I eating for dinner? And breakfast? And lunch? Definitely taking up brain space. No wonder I can’t remember how to skate!
December 15, 2018 at 6:27 pm
You crack me up Jo! And the blog is looking nice. My brain pie chart would show too much space taken up by various worries. Luckily skating quiets all that. The only problem becomes when I can’t skate.
December 16, 2018 at 2:15 pm
Thanks, Mary! Hopefully our brain pie charts will be refreshed by some rest over the holidays. Thinking of you and hoping your back is better soon and you’re back on the ice! I know it’s a real help in making the winter a little brighter.