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WednesdayMarch

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Re: What did you do in today's lesson?
« Reply #3410 on: October 21, 2019, 08:42:53 AM »
Must be something in the water these coaches are drinking, mine had me attempting backwards cross rolls too!

Coaches don't drink water, darling...   ;)

Group was a session on mohawks and choctaws. Hmm, not a fan really but was good fun.

Mohawks and choctaws are great once you get the hang of them.  They are really, really useful - and beautiful - ways of turning from forwards to backwards and vice versa.  In order to give yourself the best chance of mastering them, practice your edges every time you skate and also work on your knee bend both on and off ice.  Forward inside open choctaws are particularly good fun, once your brain has stopped going, "Excuse me?  You want me to do WHAT with my feet?!"  :D  If you want to see those done wonderfully, have a look at Natalia Bestimianova and Andre Bukin's 1988 Kilian on YouTube.
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Re: What did you do in today's lesson?
« Reply #3411 on: October 21, 2019, 10:45:27 AM »
Coaches don't drink water, darling... 
Ah, silly me. Mine runs on coffee, but I'm sure I've made him turn to something stronger at times 😂
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Re: What did you do in today's lesson?
« Reply #3412 on: October 21, 2019, 08:08:11 PM »
I feel your pain Leif. I too am currently struggling with crossovers and cross rolls both forwards and backwards. I really think the coach expects my legs to be made out of spaghetti! In my head, I know how it's all meant to look and I've been watching loads of you-tube videos, but getting my legs to cooperate is another matter. Especially with backwards, my legs and blades are constantly getting all tangled up together. But a few months ago, I couldn't even figure out how to skate backwards so I'm assuming it'll all come together eventually with more practice.

Sounds like you are progressing. What I am learning from my coach is the importance of body mechanics. Essentially putting your body parts (arms, legs, shoulders, hips, head) in the correct position(s) and then trying and trying until you get it. But you wonít get it if you donít get the correct body part placement. For backwards crossovers, put your body into the ďhaving a poo in the woodsĒ position and keep your centre of gravity over your feet ie donít try to lean in. She had me doing some weird exercises which quickly got me into the correct stance with my legs moving sort of right, and now itís a case of improving until she approves. What she does is all very mysterious. Must be that special water she drinks.

Incidentally my coach has a habit of skating alongside me while I do crossovers, sometimes holding one of my hands when she wants to show me the correct position for my arm (an odd sight since I am in full hockey kit) and having someone skate so close unsettles me, but as Iíve often said, I am impressed by the ability of good figures skaters.

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Re: What did you do in today's lesson?
« Reply #3413 on: October 21, 2019, 08:21:33 PM »
Incidentally my coach has a habit of skating alongside me while I do crossovers, sometimes holding one of my hands when she wants to show me the correct position for my arm (an odd sight since I am in full hockey kit) and having someone skate so close unsettles me, but as Iíve often said, I am impressed by the ability of good figures skaters.

Don't feel too unsettled.  Figure skaters don't much go for body checking.  (Unless you spill their special water...)
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Re: What did you do in today's lesson?
« Reply #3414 on: October 21, 2019, 09:58:22 PM »
Don't feel too unsettled.  Figure skaters don't much go for body checking.  (Unless you spill their special water...)

Iím not scared of my coach but rather that my lack of control might injure her, if you catch my gist.  :)

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Re: What did you do in today's lesson?
« Reply #3415 on: October 21, 2019, 11:02:36 PM »
Iím not scared of my coach but rather that my lack of control might injure her, if you catch my gist.  :)

I honestly wouldn't worry too much, Leif.  She sounds like she knows what she's doing.  Coaches value their limbs and livelihood and are therefore pretty conscious of who and what might injure them. 
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Re: What did you do in today's lesson?
« Reply #3416 on: November 16, 2019, 07:18:40 PM »
Another lesson today, with a two week break as sheís on holiday next week. She had me doing lots of drills, but the best was three turns, a new one for me. I skated on a small semi circle, on an outside edge, then did a turn half way round, rotating CW when skating CW and ACW when skating ACW. I could do the turns, but not keep control afterwards. It was fun though, and although I did badly, I did better than I expected. I will be well pleased if I learn this. One to practice tomorrow, and Tuesday. One foot slaloms are poor, but better. Backwards CW on the left foot is poor but better. I managed a half circle before collapsing into a heap.  :) I find this very hard and scary. My coach said small children are fearless, but not adults.

This lark is hard.

On a rather sad note I heard today that someone who coached the first hockey team I was in for a year, took his own life last Tuesday. He had had a heart lung transplant some years ago, and suffered depression. Very sad, he wasnít a good teacher, but he was a good motivator and encouraged many people.

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Re: What did you do in today's lesson?
« Reply #3417 on: November 16, 2019, 09:21:00 PM »
Oh Leif, that is sad.  I'm so sorry to hear that.  Poor chap.

Three turns are great!  You're going to love the inside ones even more...
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