Sunflower Skates

Tracking my goals and progress as an adult figure skater

Month seven - On thin ice

August was a difficult month for me. I struggled with a lot of feelings of failure and contemplated quitting Skate UK lessons, before finally seeing a light at the end of the tunnel during my last lesson of the month.


Monday 12th August
Skate UK - Level 6
What an absolutely horrible lesson. I got into the car and cried immediately after. I felt so stupid, like I couldn't do anything that I tried to do. Even after figuring out my Backwards Crossovers, it seemed like I lost them again. I'm going to be stuck in Level 6 forever, I just know it. The worst is those Inside 3 Turns, I'm never going to get them. I feel so useless. Someone I had rolled my eyes at a few weeks ago is now doing amazing and has passed me, so I feel just awful.

Wednesday 14th August
Private Lesson
I had a good lesson with Anthony, albeit a difficult one. We worked really hard on the Inside 3's, and yet I still can't get them. I don't know just what my problem is. I could do them perfectly fine holding his hand, then it all went to pot as soon as I tried them on my own. I need to get out of my own head and try not to overthink the mechanics of it. And then I need to practice, a lot. I'm meeting Melissa on Saturday for a bit of practice, so hopefully I will make some progress then. On a positive note, I seem to have found my Backwards Crossovers again, and Anthony was quite pleased with them, which is something at least.

Saturday 17th August
Public Skate - 1:30pm to 3:30pm
I really hated the idea of coming to the public skate initially, but by the end of the sesson I felt ok with it. I did keep on getting irritated at the number of horrible chav children messing around and pushing each other over, but other than that it was fine. I didn't manage to get much practicing done, bu it was nice to join up with a group of people as I do tend to struggle with cliquey groups, but everyone was nice so there's a bonus. I'm still not sure how I want to progress with Skate UK - if I don't pass any elements on Wednesday then I'm definitely jacking it in.

Monday 19th August
Skate UK - Level 6
Today's lesson sucked, which seems to have become the norm for Monday evenings. Once again it feels like the lesson went by really quickly, without actually getting anything done. We now only have one coach for the lesson, which makes it difficult for her to get round everyone when we are all working on different things. Fortunately, I do now know exactly what I need to work on for Wednesday. The elements I have left to pass are the Backwards Crossovers, Backwards Step to Forward, and the Inside 3 Turns (obviously), have crossed off my Slalom and 2 Foot Spin weeks ago. I hope I can pass just one thing on Wednesday, that will make it all worthwhile.

Wednesday 21st August
Skate UK Intensive Day - Level 6
Ahhh I had such a fantastic day!! I managed to pass my Backwards Crossovers before breakfast, and Step to Forward during the final session of the day (and had my Slalom double-checked.) I am so pleased with myself for the Step to Forward as I could not do it at all at the start of the day, and now I've managed to nail a really consistent one both sides. I'm going to make sure I practice it often so as not to lose it, as I'm really proud of myself. Now all I have left is the Inside 3 Turns. I'm probably setting my sights too high, but I would ideally like to pass them before the end of this month, and start September off in Level 7. That would be absolutely perfect, and I'm glad to have a plan to aim for.

Saturday 25th August
Private Lesson
I had a really enjoyable lesson with Anthony this morning! We spent the hour on all of the Level 7 skills, and the majority of them he said he would pass if he was coaching on Skate UK. That was really, really greate to hear and made me feel a lot better about my progress on the whole! It would be really great if I could finally crack these 3 turns, have a lesson or two on 7 and then go straight into 8!

Public Skate - 1:30pm to 2:45pm
A guy called Nick helped me out a lot with my 3 turns on the public skate after my lesson. He was really patient and supportive of me, which was really nice. Just realised that my previous plan to start Level 7 in September won't actually work as I only have one Skate UK lesson and no public skates before then, oops!

Monday 26th August
Skate UK - Level 6
IT CLICKED. I've been waiting for it for so long, and tonight the Inside 3 Turns finally clicked! All it took was ensuring my free leg was as far behind me as possible, then bam, it works! Now all I need to do is practice it to get it as nice as possible, then I can go into Level 7. Ami-Lee passed into 7 tonight which is really cool for her, but she kindly offered to stay with me next week and help out. 

It may have taken the whole month, but I'm so glad that I finally figured out the mechanics of it all!

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