Three weeks into breaking in my new skates and I think I’m over the hump, thank goodness. Harlick finally gave me the room around the toes and forefoot that I wanted on this pair of skates so there’s no pain there. I’m still using gel sleeves to protect my ankles from the stiff edges of the new boots. After six hours with two sets of hooks unlaced I graduated to this:
And six more hours of practice later to this:
I was so glad to get the skates all the way laced up and feel like I could really skate again. With no time to spare, since I went ahead and signed up for both my adult gold moves test and my Ten Fox ice dance test. Yup, I’m testing my gold moves on Wednesday and my Ten Fox at a different test session Thursday.
I haven’t been able to go crazy with getting ready since, well, new skates, but I’ve done as much as I can. My friend helped me record this video of my bracket pattern.
There’s a lot more I could improve: bring my free leg through more cleanly, control my core so I don’t wobble on the way out of the turns, arms more relaxed and lower, better knee action…. but they are a little better than they were. I’ve put a lot of lesson and practice time into these. This is only one of the six patterns that I will have to skate for the judges on Wednesday.
I worked hard this week and by Friday my legs were toast, developing shin splints and a stiff right foot and ankle, and I was just overall tired and sore. I fell out of my fast forward crossovers Thursday and bruised my knee (just above the knee pad) though it’s the elbow I landed on that I felt at first. And now that those have settled down there’s this sore spot on my forearm that had better not be some kind of minor break. Skating!
I’m resting and relaxing this weekend, feeling much recovered by today, enjoying Mother’s Day with a nice walk through the Seattle Classical Chinese Garden. I hope your Mother’s Day is a happy one whether you are being honored yourself or just thinking of your own mother.
I’ll let you know how I do on those skating tests, talk to you then!