My next set of group lessons kicked off a week ago. This time we have four adults. The other three are learning about two foot glides and snow plough stops while Mike has me off to one side practicing forward outside threes and forward inside Mohawks. Kinda reminds me of the four room primary school I attended as a kid. We had more than one grade per class in some rooms.
Since I'm familiar with these turns they're returning fairly quickly--at least in one direction. Oddly, the easy direction for me is turning out to be on the left leg (going clock-wise). But hold on--I'm right handed. Is it common to be right handed but "left leg-ged"?
Be that as it may, I'm looking at several sessions of "deliberate practice" to sort out the opposite direction for these common but important turns. The FO3s and FI Mohawks, plus the ability to perform a hockey stop in one direction are the requirements to pass the Gamma level of ISI's program. I'll miss the lesson just before the test in mid-March when boat racing season kicks off so I'll need to stay on top of practice. In April our ice rink has an abbreviated four week lesson series before closing for the months of May and June (the city melts the ice and does annual maintenance on the building and equipment). The rink then reopens in July. I was hoping to pass delta level before the melt down but that might be a stretch. We'll see. I'm checking out what other rinks are within reasonable driving distance to keep myself from going backwards over the months when my home ice is unavailable.
Also I'm looking for an off-ice exercise to do as a warm up before my lesson. Our rink doesn't bake in any time to warm up by perimeter skating prior to the lesson. I arrive at the rink straight from work with plenty of time but but since earlier lessons are in progress I'm stuck with sitting on the bench until it's our group's turn out on the ice. As a consequence I wind up wasting the first 5 minutes or so of valuable lesson time just getting my legs to not be wonky. I've never liked stretching--I know, I know, it's important. I still don't care for it! I'm thinking about buying a jump rope and skipping rope for 5 or 10 minutes after I arrive at the rink before going inside. What do others do as a warm up other than skate (or stretch)?