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Figure Skating As an Adult - Frustrating Elements

November 30, 2011 | Comments: 0 | Views: 135

Let me begin by saying that my relationships with real human beings, by and large are happy, cooperative affairs.

My relationship with Mr. Axel has always been dysfunctional, mainly because he knows I need him more than he needs me. I was introduced briefly to him as a younger skater however I decided he was too high-maintenance. I sought a much cosier and happier relationship with Mr double loop jump and his pals double toe and double sal.

As I advanced in my skating skills, it became apparent that we would have to confront each other someday in some way (like meeting the class bully who made your youth miserable at a high school reunion). Something about a forward take-off is very unsettling...like diving head first over a cliff to your doom. Despite the constant creative input from a coach with the patience of Job, nothing worked. No amount of leaning forward, waltz-jump-back-spin, dry land training, changing the steps into the entry.... nothing made a difference. That was over five years ago. In the interim I have had any number of people weigh in on the root cause of my dysfunctional axel. Despite all our efforts, Mr Axel was plainly not interested in participating in counselling to improve our relationship.

One coach took the bull by the horns. Well, it was actually more of a cow in harness. I was strapped into a kind of chest harness which was connected to a kind of giant fishing rod. I looked like some kind of fleece covered tuna. I tried the jump and it worked magnificently! Height, speed one and a half turns...there it was, the whole enchilada! Out of harness.....same old same old. Mr Axel was playing with my head. But at least for the first time I was able to feel what a properly rotated jump felt like (so neener!! neener!!).

The only link I have noticed with successful completion of this jump are solar flares. The very first one I ever landed several years ago was during a major solar storm which threatened to knock out telecommunications equipment on a large scale. Several weeks ago there was another solar flare, which I was made aware of thanks to my teenage son who has an app for these kinds of things on his iPod. It wasn't a major one, in fact he assures me that any significant effects were felt on the eastern hemisphere of the planet since the flares occurred in the middle of our night. However..... on that day something changed, finally started to feel the connection between all the different parts of the jump. Maybe I had finally found Mr Axel's Achilles Heel, as it were.

Another coach also helped me deconstruct the whole jump earlier this spring, it seems that me finally landing a consistent axel has actually become something of a cause celèbre amongst the coaching staff of my skating school. I think we may actually have isolated the exact point at which everything stats to unravel.... could this be the "hot -button issue" in our relationship??? Some couples get into a fight over money or which set of in-laws to spend Christmas with. Us? It's over the position of my left shoulder as I step onto my left foot for takeoff.

Since then, things have improved, I now jump a little higher and rotate a little faster, so says coach. I also fall just about every time I try it. This seems to please coach the most, she says I'm moving in the right direction, I guess "down" is as good a direction as any.

So after many years of acrimony, perhaps Mr Axel and I can now live peaceably together. It was a kind of arranged marriage from the start; my heart will always belong to Mr Double Loop who has always been there for me, reliable as ever.

And if all of this sounds a little strange.....just remember... what happens on the ice stays on the ice.

If you are participating in figure skating at any level... recreational, competitive or even would like to figure skate and want to know more come and join us at International Adult Figure Skating. There is a new blog entry every Tuesday as well as interesting videos and links to products and services of interest to adult figure skaters. Check out my special $1 offer on how to prepare for a skating competition.

http://internationaladulticeskaters.com/

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