Sectionals and What I’m Working on Now

by Mary on March 17, 2016

It was energizing to see skating friends and great performances at Sectionals! The silver ladies in my age group were so good that I don’t think I’ll be moving up to silver any time soon. I saw an amazing Ina Bauer by one of them (Kim?) where she clasps her hands with arms outstretched and swings both arms up and around behind her back. I wonder how impossible it would be to do that? I don’t have that flexibility in my upper back, but WANT. Here’s my skate.

Now that I’m home I’ve started working on two of my pre-silver dances again, the Foxtrot and the Fourteenstep. I’m working on harder dances so I’m going to have to put in more work to get them. I’ve put in a fair amount of work on these but they remain hard. 

The Foxtrot has two consecutive forward outside edges on the end pattern followed by a mohawk and back outside edge. That mohawk and back edge don’t have any chance of working unless you bring the preceding forward outside edges around fully. Unfortunately I can’t do that yet, at least not in the two beats of music allotted to each of those steps. So the mohawk is pretty much strangled in its crib.

You wouldn’t think forward outside edge to forward outside edge would be difficult. Ha! Today we worked on having me step onto that first forward outside edge with the correct attack angle and lean to get it around, and bring my hips foward toward my coach on that step. I got a glimmer of how it could work, a nice breakthrough. One hint from my coach was to set my foot down with the blade angled a bit outside the circle. That keeps me from cutting off the circle at its start. It also makes it easier for me to lean away from the foot and into the circle.

Here’s how the pros do the Foxtrot.

In my PT I’m doing some functional exercises that are more like my skating. The idea is to work to maintain an aligned knee position as I do them. I’m doing a forward ‘T’ exercise and one-legged squats. Can’t find a video of the T, but it’s like a spiral or arabesque except that your leg only goes to hip height and is not turned out, and you look straight down at the floor. I hold a long wood dowel behind my back to keep everything straight. At PT I use an actual dowel, at home I use one of the balance poles from my Off-Ice Edge. Novel use of that!

Anyone else thinking of going to the ISU International Adult competition in Vancouver B.C.? There was a lot of excitement for it at Sectionals and I want to go, I live too close to pass it up. I have other goals in my skating, like pass a dance test or two before my coach leaves town for the summer, so I’ll have to be careful not to totally neglect my freestyle. Gotta get a good camel spin for my program sometime!

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Jo March 17, 2016 at 2:05 am

I enjoyed the video–thanks for posting! You have such nice flow into and out of your elements–and I really like the ending position and smile. Lovely music, too. I’m glad it went well. By the way, I have met few adult female ice dancers who DON’T have trouble with that outside-outside mohawk. I am STILL figuring out the proper alignment for that one.
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Mary March 17, 2016 at 2:39 am

Well that makes me feel a little better Jo!


Eva March 17, 2016 at 12:49 pm

What a lovely performance, Mary! You have a beautiful Ina Bauer, and your scratch spin is so nice. You should be really proud of how you skated. I want to go to Vancouver, but it is the week before school starts so I’ll probably pass this year. 🙁
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Mary March 18, 2016 at 3:39 am

Thanks Eva! That is the first time I have put in a scratch spin. It was a last-minute substitution, but maybe it should stay. The week before school starts is always hard, even later when your kid is in college!


Melissa March 17, 2016 at 2:44 pm

Loved seeing your free skate again, Mary. I am thinking about Vancouver, too. The entry deadline is so early!


Mary March 18, 2016 at 3:40 am

Thanks Melissa! Yes I need to read that paperwork so I don’t miss the deadline– when is it?


Melissa March 18, 2016 at 2:33 pm

Deadline was April 15 when I first checked, but it has been moved to May 15.


Mary March 19, 2016 at 4:59 am

Good to know, thanks!


Marcia March 18, 2016 at 1:59 am

Congrats Mary! I love the flow of your program and the way you interpreted the music. Your dress is very lovely too!
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Mary March 18, 2016 at 3:41 am

Thanks Marcia, that’s nice to hear!


Wendy March 19, 2016 at 11:22 am

I love your skate video! Thanks for posting it. You look so graceful!
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Mary March 19, 2016 at 2:05 pm

Thanks Wendy!


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