enolah said: Once you get this you have to say five things you like about yourself publicly then send this to ten of your favorite followers! (This is non negotiable) do it!
Oh, never answered one quite like this! Thank you dear <33
- My smile…mostly because others have told me it makes them happy
- That I’m a twin…so lucky, I know!
- That I’m a clean freak…nothing I own ever gets lost! lol
- That I grew up in the 90’s…I suppose I’m biased though <3
- That I’m a morning person…I know people who aren’t, and I’m so glad that I am!
- I was nearly okay-ish getting on the ice this time, oh the progress! I am so pleased <3
- went early to look at skates (at the rink’s shop), found a pair I liked, but they didn’t have my size…going to have to order a pair later this week. Meanwhile, I stare longingly at Skater Dad’s nice new ones. Curse you rentals!
- actually had a decent pair of rentals this time though, and I tell you- that makes all the difference. I was much steadier on the ice in this pair of rentals versus the pair I had when I went for practice on Sunday. It’s luck of the draw. Have I mentioned how I want my own skates? lol!
- anyways, enough of me whining- back to the lesson! Last time we were introduced to forward stroking and backward stroking…moves I’ve seen Tessa and Scott do a million times. Of course they make it look easy, which naturally it’s not (ha ha), but they’re a good source of inspiration. I kept envisioning how they looked preforming it, how they held themselves (think Tessa, be Tessa…). I think it helped actually, I did much better this time going through the drills than my last practice. I’m still a loooong way from perfect, but It’s progress!
- just as I was feeling good, almost confident- Elaine brings out the big guns. Crossover practice. The real deal this time. She brought me and Skater Dad over to the circle in the ice like she did two weeks ago and explained that she wanted us to skate around it until we felt comfortable…enough to try crossing one skate over the other. Dun, dun, dun! Queue horrified look exchange with Skater Dad.
- every part of me was shouting ‘um, help not ready!’ as I was went round…and round…and round the circle, trying to get up the gumption to actually pick up my one skate and step over my other, while moving. Yeeeeah. Ahead of me in the circle was Skater Dad looking very much like he was having trouble telling his foot to lift too. At least I wasn’t the only one.
- then, in a rare act of pity (or maybe she was just getting dizzy from watching us go round and round lol), Elaine offered her hand to me for balance. Now I had to try it. It was then or never, so in a nervous jerk I lifted my right skate and stomped it down over my left (real graceful I know). I hurriedly brought my skates back parallel, but yes! I did it! With help, but now I knew the sensation.
- Elaine then let go of my hand to go prompt Skater Dad to try it. He looked as excited about trying as I did, and as jerky too- but he then also completed his first one. Go, Skater Dad go. There was no more help after that though. It was down to us. We continued to skate counter-clockwise in the circle, crossing our skates clumsily every now and then. I probably managed to get myself to do it about five times. And everyone of them I swore I was going to fall over. To my intense relief I never did- whew!
- by this point I still didn’t like crossovers, they still freaked me out, but they were do-able. I knew class was winding down, I figured that was it for the lesson. I was wrong. In the last five minutes Elaine instructed us to change direction and try crossing over. If crossing my left skate was awkward, crossing my left over right was downright scary. Yup. This is definitely my weak side. One side always is with every move I learn. But none was as a giant ‘nope’ as this. I managed to lift my left skate over my right once and very nearly fell on my face. I saw Elaine wince, waiting for impact, but at the last moment I saved myself by putting my hands on my knees, which is what I learned to do if falling forward. It was a reaction of Spider- Man proportions if I say so myself. I was just glad to still have my face intact.
- the lesson ended after that close call, and probably a good thing. But then there was free skate. I really needed to practice, reeeeeally bad- but I decided right then if I was going to try crossovers, I was not going to risk my weak side. I’ll give it a few days. And cross my fingers.
- I had barely laced up my skates for the free skate, after my usual break, when my ‘friends’ as my mom calls them- which were all the kiddies who always seem to cluster around me- were coming over to say hi. Ugh, cuties <3 I spent the first bit of free skate warming up again with them.
- free skate went sorta to plan. I attempted to complete a few more crossovers on my stronger side, but only managed two before my nerves got the better of me. Juuust not confident with them yet. So I switched focus to my stroking skills. Which definitely still need work. I’m happy to report that both forwards and backwards practice went well. Hopefully in a week or so I’ll be as comfortable with them as my swizzles. Crossovers…those are a different story. Stay tuned for progress on that.
- well if my calculations are correct, I only have two more lessons weeks left?? How did that happen? Where did the time go, didn’t I just start this whole ice skating adventure? I have to say, I am doing so much more on the ice than I ever imagined I could and that makes me so happy <3 The time crunch means I really have to master my crossovers soon- in order to move on to the next level of lessons (advanced beginner) I need to be able to perform them. Wish me luck for next week!
It’s skating lesson Tuesday! <3
Going early to scope out skates, hopefully I’ll find a pair I like!