I have a new program! The music is quite different from anything I’ve skated to before and I like that. I was drawn to its playfulness and upbeat, driving energy. I won’t be skating slow, graceful and balletic movements– this piece is going to be fast.
I’m eager for this piece to start feeling like a real program performed with the music and not just a sequence of figure skating elements. It takes a lot of time and repetition to really skate to the music, and a lot of choreographing to add the arm movements and other details that make the program artistic. I got a late start this time since it took me a long time to pick out and cut the music.
My freestyle coach Lisa is really good at choreography and what she comes up with makes us both happy. I have the footwork and jumps pretty well set but we’re still deciding which spins to include.
My music is from this song, Return to Patagonia by Lemon Jelly:
A couple months ago my knees were not happy so I re-started my old PT exercises several days a week. I hardly jumped at all in December and the beginning of this month. Last week I added the jumps back into my program to see how I would do and my knees held out OK.
Based on that I signed up for a big competition, the Pacific Coast Adult Sectionals, which will be in Ontario, California, in early March. Last year was my first time at Sectionals and I had a good experience. This year I will be moving up to the Ladies IV age category of women aged 51-60. I watched this group compete last year and they looked great and were doing some pretty cool things on the ice.
Now that I’ve taken the plunge and signed up, it’s time for me to ramp down my other skating projects like the Gold Moves and really focus on this program. Wish me luck polishing it up, if I get it where I want it to be it’s going to be a fun program.