Lots of surprising and frustrating changes afoot with my skating. I had my moves lesson with Kim and the next day heard from her that she’s retiring. I knew she’d been slowly cutting back but I had no idea that would be my last lesson. She had still been making the decision on my lesson day so hadn’t said anything then.
That certainly put our plans for me to test my juvenile moves before long on hold. In addition to moves Kim has been great at helping me with my freestyle elements and programs. She’s positive and patient and always able to come up with one more way to explain things to help you get it.
She’d specialized lately in helping skaters get their moves tests, including the highest level ones. Her retirement will be a big loss not just to me but to the local skating community. I’m sad! I’m trying to be happy for her, though, for all the time she’ll have to enjoy life outside the rink.
Coach Ty is also gone, just for the summer and early fall in his case. I’d signed up to test my Foxtrot and Fourteenstep ice dances with him in early May, but that test session was moved, then cancelled. We made a new plan to test at a different club in early June, but when I tried to sign up the test chair told me they didn’t have the right judges for the pre-silver dances. That turned out to be wrong but I didn’t hear that until far too late to be able to test.
Ty had made a very long drive back to town to be able to be at that test session, so neither of us were happy. Now I won’t be able to test with him until at least October.
I think I’m done with my PT, too, the session I had yesterday was either my last or next-to-last. I’ve made so much progress but still need to keep working on my knee alignment. The right knee in particular still buckles inward when I jump which is sure to aggravate it. But the well-respected local chain I’d been going to, Olympic Physical Therapy, was bought out by ATI and is undergoing some changes that make it hard for me to continue. It’s alright because I’m close enough to done that I can continue by working with a trainer.
I had been supplementing my PT by working with a trainer through Olympic’s Athletic Engineering (AE) Program. Julie, the knowledgeable AE trainer I was working with, is a former high-level skater and a yoga teacher. I had to reluctantly stop working with her over a month ago when ATI discontinued her AE program. AE continues (for now anyway) at another location, and Julie referred me there. We’ll see how that works out: I will have my first training session in a week. I feel like I’m starting over again.
I’ve been doing a little hiking and gardening lately too. I have to skate less when I’m going to hike. For me at least, skating during the week and hiking on the weekend does not work. That dovetails well with the catch-as-catch can nature of summer ice times which keep me scrambling to find a time and place to skate.
I have one important-to-me skating project that is going to keep me motivated and figuring out how to train: my neglected and half-baked freestyle program which has to be ready for competition by the end of August. My choreographer/coach Lisa, my skating lifeline at this moment, can help me with that.
I hope you are enjoying your mix of summer activities whether they include skating or not. Let me know how you are doing, readers, and I will try to catch up with you soon as I add new opportunities back into my training.