|Good Morning, Campers! Up with the lark! It's a new year.|
Not wanting to be part of the slacker brigade, your old diarist went skating on the achingly beautiful first day of the new year. I knew I had a lesson with Coach A. on the 2nd and figured if I could stand up on skates New Year's day, (actually my hair didn't hurt all that badly) that the lesson wouldn't be a complete waste of our time.
Come the 2nd, we dealt with an old problem--my poor excuse for a CC inside Mohawk and a new challenge--my poor excuse for back outside edges. Both of these foundation elements are key to my progress with the remaining two pre-bronze dances which I've left untested. Doesn't matter if I remember the steps. Doesn't matter if I remember to smile occasionally. Without a good foundation this show ain't goin' anywhere.
So, on the 2nd of Jan. I found myself going backwards in both open and waltz hold doing outside swing rolls at dance speed during a busy FS session. To say that we terrified a lot of inattentive free-style pixies would be a fair statement but no blood was shed. The good news is that all this concentration on swing rolls left almost no time for Mohawks!
Scrolling on to last night's lesson, the focus was the dreaded Mohawk. Coach A. had me over at the boards pivoting on my right foot. Why is this turn such a stumbling block? After what seemed to be a mind-numbing length of time (must have been at least ten minutes) we switched to back outside edges, but this time performed on the red line at the end of the rink. There were no great breakthroughs in either department but I now have a couple more practice drills for homework.
So, that's my start to the new year. Future posts will probably get v. monotonous and whiny, so feel free to tune out for a couple months!