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WednesdayMarch

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Re: What did you do in today's lesson?
« Reply #3399 on: October 04, 2019, 07:33:10 AM »
I fell for the first time.

Congratulations!  How long did it take you?  Considering you survived - and I'm assuming you're not typing this with eye blinks - then hopefully you feel freed by the experience and ready to greet every new challenge with enthusiasm rather than dread! 
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Re: What did you do in today's lesson?
« Reply #3400 on: October 06, 2019, 01:00:12 PM »
Congratulations!  How long did it take you?  Considering you survived - and I'm assuming you're not typing this with eye blinks - then hopefully you feel freed by the experience and ready to greet every new challenge with enthusiasm rather than dread!

2 lessons! And I'm a beginner too! I feel straight into my bum but luckily there isn't a bruise and it doesn't hurt anymore!

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Re: What did you do in today's lesson?
« Reply #3401 on: October 06, 2019, 06:07:31 PM »
2 lessons! And I'm a beginner too! I feel straight into my bum but luckily there isn't a bruise and it doesn't hurt anymore!

Oh, that's brilliant.  In my experience, the people who take a long time to take their first fall tend to progress much more slowly than those who fall early on, get it over with and bounce right back.
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Re: What did you do in today's lesson?
« Reply #3402 on: October 06, 2019, 09:32:25 PM »
My lesson was working on edges, then all my jumps and my spin.


Group was good too. Various things tackled, like double 3 turns, back inside 3 turns, back one foot slaloms, but we also did some fun stuff: two of us skating backwards, pulling my coach who was doing a continuous t-stop, using 2 hockey sticks. Also slaloms while in a dip or "little man" as we call them at our rink. That hurts your calves...
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Re: What did you do in today's lesson?
« Reply #3403 on: October 15, 2019, 11:49:33 AM »
My legs have finally stopped aching after Sunday's lesson.
Lots of focus on 3 turns, FO, BO, continuous FO3s. There were also mohawks, to finish the footwork bit, after stretching my hips at the barrier. Then we looked at spins, can now get 2 rotations consistently on 1 foot from standstill. Stretches at the barrier next, spiral stretch - both sides are now close to the actual definition of a spiral, yay!  Then coach decided to try and kill me by helping me stretch further - gently pushing my leg higher. Then he made me pop my foot on the barrier - both sides are much easier now. That was bad news for me as I've now been introduced to the Y frame spiral. Finished off with some jump work, 3 jump, focusing on driving my free leg up rather than around, then toe loop from standstill. You get a lot done in an hour!


Was able to do another 30 minute group too, where we got introduced to level 2 field moves. Ugh. Glad they're a long way off!
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Re: What did you do in today's lesson?
« Reply #3404 on: October 15, 2019, 12:56:12 PM »
Was able to do another 30 minute group too, where we got introduced to level 2 field moves. Ugh. Glad they're a long way off!

Oh, I do enjoy your lessons.  Lots of great stuff.

For the record, I think Level 2 Field Moves are much nicer than Level 1.  I loathe spirals on the flat of the blade.  By definition they're NOT spirals!

Level 2 Exercise 4 (Forward Inside Open Mohawk Exercise) is lovely.  You'll enjoy that when you get the hang of it and can incorporate it into your programmes, too.  8)
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Re: What did you do in today's lesson?
« Reply #3405 on: October 20, 2019, 06:18:34 PM »
I had another lesson yesterday (so not exactly today  :)) focussing yet again on crossovers, and some drills. We tried crossrolls. After my first attempt she remarked that the “hockey elephant had returned”. I needed to be more elegant. She seemed pleased with the subsequent lighter versions, which required a degree of hip wiggling. At one point she wanted me to speed up while doing backwards CW crossovers, and I accidentally skated through the rink exit and out into the corridor, much to the surprise of the rink owner, and the amusement of my coach. :o Towards the end she said I was going to do backwards crossrolls. No! No, no, no! So we tried backwards outside edges instead, which I messed up, but it wasn’t too bad for a first attempt of something that scares me. My forwards crossovers are still not there yet, but I’m starting to understand what I need to do. I later watched Kseniya and Oleg’s video and it really helps to explain some of the things my coach was telling me. I think the combination of lessons and video together help, the video on its own has not helped in the past, as I need someone to help guide and correct.

Progress seems slow, but it is progress, and honestly much much faster than when I wasn’t taking lessons.  :)

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Re: What did you do in today's lesson?
« Reply #3406 on: October 20, 2019, 06:26:06 PM »
I find the secret to back crossrolls is to really lean back, or feel you are.  In reality you're not really, but I need to do that to counteract the reluctance to commit to the edge and the tendency to lean forward which makes it almost impossible to get a decent edge.  It's easier I would think on a figure blade, with the longer heel.  My back cross rolls are reasonable these days and I feel comfortable, on figure blades, but on my rollerblades which have much less of a protrusion of the blades under the heel I still struggle to really commit and have to force myself.  I have started wearing a helmet when I am on wheels which helps my confidence.  Look forward to hearing your progress with them, and I will be mighty impressed once you have mastered them.

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Re: What did you do in today's lesson?
« Reply #3407 on: October 20, 2019, 08:30:10 PM »
Look forward to hearing your progress with them, and I will be mighty impressed once you have mastered them.

Thanks, I’ll be impressed too! I’ll see if the local pig squadron can do a fly past to mark the event.  :)

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Re: What did you do in today's lesson?
« Reply #3408 on: October 20, 2019, 09:17:44 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.


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Re: What did you do in today's lesson?
« Reply #3409 on: October 21, 2019, 08:23:57 AM »
Must be something in the water these coaches are drinking, mine had me attempting backwards cross rolls too!
Yesterday we also spent a lot of time working on my spin, and then at the end looked at salchow. The spin is my nemesis and is not improving no matter what I try. Salchow was better, I've had a habit of putting my free foot down after the turn, then jumping. Coach made me fight the urge to do this and just jump. Scary, but I did it. I think it was more a confidence thing, I used to do it on 3 jumps too.
Group was a session on mohawks and chocktaws. Hmm, not a fan really but was good fun.
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