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SeanMHC

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Re: What didnt you achieve this week all help welcome
« Reply #495 on: February 16, 2020, 10:50:32 PM »
Lots of people struggle with the backwards gliding in Level 3.  You are not alone.

You've identified a major part of the problem, which is almost certainly your weight being in the wrong place.  Try to bend your knees more, ensuring that you keep your weight (ie, your hips, shoulders and head) all in a line over the middle of your blades.  If it helps, try doing backwards swizzles/lemons, bringing your feet parallel between each one and then lifting alternate feet for a one-foot glide on the flat of the blade between each swizzle.  As you get more confident with this, feeling your weight being lined up over the middle of the blade, you should be able to adjust the exercise so you push more with one foot and glide on the other, eventually moving the weight enough that you glide on a backwards outside edge but start off with the swizzles.  Rome wasn't built in a day.  Skating backwards is more about transfer of weight than anything else but until you get confident enough to do it, it's a tricky one.

I think I cracked it on this weeks lesson. Had a little practice on the public skate on Wednesday, bent my knees and dropped into a more squat position with my weight over my gliding foot and got moving! By the time it got to Saturdays lesson I could do it well enough to get a bit of speed and two foot glide! Not sure I was fully on my outside edges when I lifted one foot as it was quickly back down onto the next stroke, but that's to practice for next time!

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Re: What didnt you achieve this week all help welcome
« Reply #496 on: February 17, 2020, 01:33:58 PM »
I think I cracked it on this weeks lesson. Had a little practice on the public skate on Wednesday, bent my knees and dropped into a more squat position with my weight over my gliding foot and got moving! By the time it got to Saturdays lesson I could do it well enough to get a bit of speed and two foot glide! Not sure I was fully on my outside edges when I lifted one foot as it was quickly back down onto the next stroke, but that's to practice for next time!

Brilliant!  Keep going.   8)
Returned to the ice in Sept 2017 after a major leg injury in 1999. Skating in Risport Royal Pro and MK Gold Star. Still scary after all these years...

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Re: What didnt you achieve this week all help welcome
« Reply #497 on: March 09, 2020, 05:37:00 PM »
Didn't achieve one decent program run through last night. Every time, something would go awry.
Did get complimented by my coach though, for pushing through a particularly shocking one. As our rink is little, people scatter to the barriers during programs, then clap at the end. I wanted to tell them "don't applaud that, it was appalling!"

Started lessons again: 6/11/2012
Finished Skate UK: 29/11/2018
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Re: What didnt you achieve this week all help welcome
« Reply #498 on: March 13, 2020, 10:32:16 PM »
Didn't get to Worlds in Montreal for obvious reasons.  Gutted.
Returned to the ice in Sept 2017 after a major leg injury in 1999. Skating in Risport Royal Pro and MK Gold Star. Still scary after all these years...