In the category of Small Wins, I can now enter a one foot spin (Small Win: consistency) and go into a multi-rotation spin without fear (Small Win: Well, without fear, it's hard to categorize this one). The only problem is my consistency of the number of rotations.
And the number of rotations?
What? You're underwhelmed? What if I told you it was a solid one foot 2, not one of these wussy twos where you count the two foot rotation as part of the 2 rotations? AND WITH SPEED! And on the right part of the blade!
What's your reaction NOW?! Huh? Huh?
Yeah, you are just like my coach.
Anyway, I get so excited that I look down, and damn, there goes the spin.
However, I've lost my fear of circular rotation! Now if I can just train myself to not look down!
There's this thing about spins: you go around, tall and short, standing and sitting, and oh..my..God...any new arm position or leg position is treated as if it's the reinvention of the wheel. Which in a way it is.
So, I'm going to introduce you to a new spin position. The RollerCoaster.
You're going to get in this sit spin position, with one change--one change only.
Instead of tilting your head so you're looking at your raised hand, look straight ahead, and sort of thrust you head away from your body. Don't tuck your chin in other words.
When I did this, my reaction was like I was on a rollercoaster--the kind where they take your picture on the 'fun' part of the ride. It's not just dizziness, there was a sense of rolling over the top of the coaster to the "Big Drop".
I don't know how I got up again. I think I leaned out of the circle and curled into a fetal position until all motion stopped.
I got one other skater (Silver) to try this and the reaction was much the same. So, it's Not.Just.Me.
Sadly, not much audience appeal. So no points for you, just the experience of hanging on for dear life!
When I'm learning a new skill I try to look at the "small wins" along the way.
What's a small win? It's the successful development of a small skill that fits in to an over all Big Skill.
Let's start with a Big Skill like a scratch spin. What are the small skills to master to make a small win?
Getting a decent two foot entry.
Getting the toes pointed together.
Getting the arms and upper body positioned.
Building speed and getting comfortable with the rotation.
Lifting one foot!!!! SMALL WIN!
Single Rotation !!!! Small Win
One foot entrance!!!! SMALL WIN! <------I AM HERE---
Multi-rotation Spin Upright Spin!!! Big Win!
And I this point I think I would be ready to go for the Big Skill of the scratch spin....which starts with its small wins of its own. (Like crossing that leg over---that's going to be a long time coming)
I know, it does seem small, but the other day I realized I was willing to try two foot spins sitting, and then with weird arm positions, and then lift one foot. These weren't great spins. But there was a Small Win---I wasn't afraid to try them!
I had a boo boo Sunday when I fell and tapped the side of my head. So I pulled out my Ice Halo, and I wore it to Group tonight.
The Basic Skills Coach for Adults pulled me aside and used me as an example for the adults in her class. They "scare" her, I guess because they're always a heartbeat from a fall. I did a little twirl while she explained the Ice Halo, and how important it was to use head protection as a beginner.
Really, I've never been used as an example before--not even a bad example. First time!
Then not 20 minutes later the Freestyle Group coach had me demonstrate my (two-foot) sit spin position--cause I may be looking old age and Death in the eye, but by God I can get all the way down and hold a good position.
Originally this was going to be a picture of Kanye West but ... meh.
Well, what can I say, it's all downhill from here!
The ice dancer who also sharpens blades sat down next to me in the lobby to put on his boots. For a few moments we caught up on the hurricane, the goings on in Group, and so on. Then I said, "Hey, check my blades. I think I need a sharpening." I set my foot in its boot on my knee, so he did a combination of bending down and pulling my foot up to get it into view.
He ran his thumb along it and glared meaningfully at my edges. "About 5 or 6 hours." he said. So, I'm good.
Then the woman skater seated on the other side stuck her booted foot up in the air towards his face, "What about mine?"
It's beginning to look like this at the rink...when the consulting sharpener shows up.
Anyway, I fell during group on a waltz jump. I'm not kidding, the class stopped and everyone skated over to help me. Either this means they're terrified I'll break something because I'm elderly and fragile, or they wanted a break from skating.
I'm going with...they needed a break from skating!