Now that the adult competition season is over, most of us skaters think to ourselves, “Now what?” I find myself asking the same question to many of my skating friends. It’s fun to hear what others are working on now that we aren’t running our programs non-stop.
To make things a bit more complicated, my rink is shutting down for about 2 months for some much-needed repairs. The pipes underneath the surface are on the verge of bursting, and the ice surface is not level. What this means is that all of our coaches and skaters will have to find alternate ways to get the training they need. We do have a sister rink in town, but it is a good 30 minutes away (each way). Because it’s further from my house, I likely will not be able to skate as much… or be able to teach Learn to Skate.
With more limited skating time, this is what I am hoping to work on (listed in no particular order):
- Novices Moves in the Field: My coach thinks that these will be ready to test within a year (or even less). I’d be testing these at the Adult Standard. The forward loops and opening serpentine sequence with the quick rocker chocktaws are the most challenging for me.
- Double Salchow: I haven’t landed one of these (or really attempted them) since January. I’d like to continue working on the jump and get it consistent enough to add it to my program next season.
- Double Toe Loop: I land these ALL. THE. TIME. in my dreams. I’d love to be able to land a real one sometime.
- Spins: I’m going to keep working on adding more spin variations to my repertoire. My hope is to plan all level 3 spins in my program next year.
If you’re a skater, what are you planning to work on in the off-season? Is your rink open?