It’s difficult to believe that 2016 is already here. Now that the holidays are over I am starting to think ahead to my goals for the upcoming year, specifically with regard to what I want to accomplish in skating. While I started skating again in September of 2014, I only started private lessons again last January so I see this as my second year of seriously skating (although much of what I do is undoubtedly unserious!). I didn’t make a specific list of goals last year as my major goal was “learn to love skating again” which was a huge success to the detriment of my wallet. So looking forward at 2016, this is what I would like to accomplish…
- Pass Pre-Bronze Free, Bronze MITF and Bronze Free. I am testing Pre-Bronze Free and Bronze MITF this weekend… EEK. I feel fine about pre-bronze but the bronze MITF has me freaking out. I know I can do the elements, but am worried about my nerves messing up the power behind them.
- Start serious work on Silver MITF and be ready to test it by the end of the year.
- Improve overall speed and power, I am going to start going to a Saturday power class to help with this.
- Get my backscratch really solid, its come leaps and bounds this year, especially when I remember how it started, but it is still not where I want or need it to be. Continue working on the back sit and get it to a point where I can get it in a program, sit-change sit is the long term goal.
- Get my camel really consistent, when I hit it right I can do it well but it still likes to go on vacation without me. I would like to not have to worry about it mysteriously disappearing.
- Improve sit spin variations, my sit and pancake are solid and low, I would like to get more forward fold with my tuck variation and get the broken leg variation program ready.
- Get all my jumps higher and improve my position, get my jumping leg straighter in the air. A long term goal of mine is to work on a double salchow so I need my single positions to be really solid for that to be a reasonable goal.
- Land Axel. The take off is finally starting to make sense, I am not close to landing it yet but am starting to get the feel of what it should be. I need to work on a faster snap. I am also starting to get over my fear of it, when I go for it I do better than when I freak out and perform a train wreck in the air… This goal is important because I don’t want to test Silver Freeskate until I have an axel as the axel is allowed in competition at Silver level and if I am going to skate at that level I want to be competitive.
- Get my Y spiral/135 spiral. I have less than fabulous back extension so catch foot spirals and the like will probably always be difficult for me but I do have good hip flexibility. I would like to add this to a spiral sequence as my extension otherwise isn’t great. I am making good improvement with it but need to stretch more consistently.
- Be less self conscious on the ice, this is a big one. Especially because I get self conscious and compare myself to other skaters even when practicing. I am getting better about it but I need to remember to focus on my own skating and not worry about anyone else. There will always be someone better than me and who cares if other people judge what I’m doing negatively. The only person I skate for is me. (This is easier said than done).
I hope all my fellow adult skaters have an excellent start to the year and make good progress toward their goals. Here’s to a great year of skating!