Getting out to skate these days is more complex now that I’m juggling it with my new job of taking care of my mom and ferrying her to OT, PT, and various doctor appointments. I’m arranging help from friends and family and I’m still getting out there. I figured I could make it work and signed up for adult Sectionals in March and Nationals in April.
Recently my training partner and I videoed each other at our lessons with coach Lisa. In the background you can hear Lisa yelling out encouraging things. It’s poignant for me right now to hear her. She had a bad skating accident a few days ago and will be off the ice for a long time.
In the last couple of years I’ve had too many skating friends suffer fractures, concussions, or both. Skating can be a rough sport. I do wear head protection a lot of the time and knee pads whenever I practice. In this video I have a Force Field headband under my knitted hat. I’ve considered elbow pads after taking a few hard elbow hits and knowing three people now who have shattered an elbow figure skating.
I’ve never even thought about using wrist guards, though, and yet here I am taking care of my mom with a poorly healed broken arm and seeing how much it is affecting her life. If I didn’t currently wear knee padding I’m sure I’d be thinking about that because of my mom’s broken kneecap. I haven’t worked through all these things in my mind. My mom’s OT says they have several gymnasts on their caseload right now with arm injuries. It’s these darned sports where we are supposed to look pretty (and therefore not wear padding) while doing potentially dangerous things.
Meanwhile I’m still training. You might notice a few changes in the video since my event last November. I’ve added a lutz to the program where there used to be a flip. The lutz is still inconsistent, sometimes I put my free foot down on my landing when I don’t even need to. I’ll be very unhappy with myself if I do that at Sectionals in Las Vegas so I’m trying to train that out. I’m telling myself a slightly Yoda-like phrase: Land or do not land the jump. Do not put your foot down.
You might also see a little improvement in the camel spin though I still need to get that free leg higher. Lisa took out my spread eagle out and put an Ina Bauer in its place. Some day I really do want that spread eagle in my program, I asked for it this time. I showed my training partner both my Ina Bauer and my spread eagle, and she said the Ina is prettier, so I know my coach was right to make the change. If I want the spread eagle I’m going to have to figure out how to make it look nicer, and it won’t be for my next event, I have too many other things to try to clean up. It’s crunch time for both my programs: I’d better figure out how to keep getting on the ice.