Edges, Back Spins, and Loops…

Saturday, March 8th was my 3rd lesson of the second set of group lessons, or lesson 12 overall. While I am still in “stuck” mode with some moves, overall I feel like I have progressed. My husband was at my lesson and my mom saw my videos and they both really could see my progress from when I started. That made me feel good.

Of course I forgot my new skating notebook at home, so I had to try and remember all of the pointers I received until I was able to get home and unload them on paper…

I think my back inside edges improved from last lesson to practice to Saturday’s lesson. In the lesson, there wasn’t the opportunity to go across the rink with one type of edges, so I alternated two inside and then turned into two outside. I actually liked that way of practicing!

20170308_Back Inside Edges in Practice (kinda funny that you can hear my commentary as my husband started videoing without “permission”)

20170308_Back Inside and Outside Edges

The next thing I worked on in the lesson was the dreaded “back spin”. I did not take a video during practice because it was that terrible, which you will be able to tell from my lesson attempts here:

20170308_Back Spin

20170308_More Back Spin (I love Mike’s comment “that was better”.  I guess that’s good enough!! Laugh)

After I got frustrated with back spins, I asked the instructor what I should do next. She suggested a loop. I previously thought that I should be able to do the back spin before attempting the loop, but I went along with it. There was a varying degree of success with the loop, and they didn’t progress from worse to best; they were all over the place. These are some of my first loop attempts (after I got past marking the ice and thinking about how to actually make myself jump):

20170308_First Set of Loop Attempts

20170308_Loop Jump

20170308_More Loop Jumps

I did so many of those, I thought my leg was going to fall off. I decided to take a break and use the other leg and try out the flip jump, since it’s been a few weeks since I started learning it:

20170308_Flip Jump

And, I finished up with a salchow, since I feel like I am finally getting the hang of it:


I feel like I am making progress, but there’s so far to go…. But, if my goal is to master the single jumps only, I should be well on my way to being successful. I’ve now tried everything except for the Lutz and the Axel, and those may take a while!


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