I can do a passing FI3 when I'm looking at myself in the plexiglass above the boards. When I'm in the middle, I pop my hip and don't stay over my skate. I do it at the boards--not touching the boards mind you--just facing the boards: It's fine. Think, oh, I've got this now. Go out in the middle....Fail.
Frustration--Let it all out
Every once in a while I do a mohawk each way just so I can practice something on the inside edge that I'm not going to fail at.
"Those are nice mohawks," the coach says with kindness.
Inside I'm grinding my teeth. Except for these FI3, that I put myself back to Basic 6 to learn, I'd be in Freeskate 2 where I belong.
It's times like these I wish they served beer before Group Class.
Oh, yeah, and that I liked beer.
On the other hand, after 10 days of off ice lunge exercises, I can now hike my free leg up to hip height and do passing spirals both ways. Not bad for 65. So not a total waste. At least I'm doing better than the only other student.....she's 11. I should feel kind of bad that I'm smug about that.