Scientists have been studying the way people learn new skills, and some believe that practicing different variations on a task, rather than just repeating the same task over and over, helps you learn better. This is due, they think, to the ways in which the brain recalls and processes its memories.
If any scientists out there has funding to study this with adult skaters and needs a test subject–I hereby volunteer!
So at my lesson last week, Laurie told me that my upper body is still moving around in rather random ways. She told me that I should avoid being one of those inflatable figures they use to advertise car dealerships and mobile phone stores. You know, the kind of thing that attracts your attention through flopping around in unpredictable ways.
Or pillar of the community?
Some of this unwanted motion was definitely in response to being uncertain about my edges as well as alignment. I’ve been working on getting a much more solid connection between what’s going on in my blades and what I’m doing with the rest of my body.
Yesterday I went to a rather crazy public session and spent most of my time trying to figure out the optimal spot on my blade for edges.
This “theme and variations” strategy seems to be working. I’m feeling way more stable this week. Hopefully this will last through the upcoming holiday season.
Some Bach–even with all the times this has been repeated, it’s still beautiful.
- Outer edges from push back: don’t scrunch left side of torso.
- Lunges: practice basic positions. Also practice just deep knee bend on two feet with feet parallel and not allowing knees to fall inwards.
- Outside edges: think about where your ribcage is. Turn in new skating foot slightly to grab edge from the beginning.
- Back inside edge: make sure you are on the correct part of the blade.
- Progressives: think about what is going on in the skating hip (slight turning in, turn out as the free leg elongates, then the action of the free leg coming in makes it turn in again)
- Edge pulls, generating speed as you go.
- Inside and outside mohawk: allow hips to “soften” when the free leg comes in. Work on exit edge
- Swing roll with edge pull, change edge mohawk: continuous action. Don’t touch down! Do swing roll into skating arm; then arm stays in same place to allow mohawk to turn.
- Extra work on right swing roll: allow free leg to come around (not directly in or kicking through). Use the straightening of the skating leg to put pressure into edge. Keep hips under.
- Inside mohawk, push back, toe to heel, back outside three; alternating: foot immediately in front on back edge, mini-edge pull.
- Inside Mohawk, triple three
- Three turn, change edge, cross in front, change edge, step forward and repeat on other side: use that back inside edge power pull!
- Inside counter, back choctaw: work on just allowing the back edge to come around on the back choctaw and just “sliding” off it.
- Rocker, immediate back three (flat).