So today I pulled out some cans of tuna from an upper shelf, and the ones on top fell down and hit me in the face. Ouch! Now I have a black eye, but I’m also really grateful that I didn’t put my eye out.
Come to think of it, this has been a week of close calls. Parking meters that have just run out by the time I’ve gotten to the car (but no ticket), late to meetings (but didn’t miss anything), slippery roads and cars skidding in front of me (but no accident).
And then there’s my right outside swing roll, which has been giving me some trouble. Laurie pointed out that I wasn’t really leaning into the circle on the second part of the swing roll. So I tried to lean that way, and went back just a little too far on my blade. Enough to make it really scary–but I didn’t fall. Whew!
Either these are reminders that I lead a charmed life or signs that I need to build up my margin of error. But whichever it is, the outcome is the same. Put the tuna cans on a lower shelf. Make sure you leave enough time on the meter. Get those hips underneath you!
With regard to that last reminder, it’s actually been a really good week. I’ve been finding it easier to connect the ankle bend (shin levers forward) and lean into the circle with glute activation. Will try to find a better way to explain it, but for now, I’ll just say that it is a form of edge security.
Okay, time to share pictures of the ice sculptures and ice palace in St. Paul.
And a very sweet adagio movement in a trio by Brahms for clarinet, cello, and piano. Brahms was going to retire, but then he heard this clarinetist (Richard Mühlfeld), and then came back to write a whole series of gorgeous pieces.
Moral: life is full of close calls and, if we’re lucky, unexpected second acts. (And third, and fourth. . . )
- forward swizzles (really emphasize those inside edge pushes)
- forward cross strokes (timing of free leg, and quality of circles)
- back cross strokes (keep shoulders square)
- swing rolls (keep lean into circle, be consistent about arm and torso positions)
- forward inside edges (turn out for push)
- forward inside three, back pivot, toe, toe, cross in front, step forward and repeat sequence on other side
- forward inside three, back outside three (think about free leg inside circle rather than dangling to the side)
- inside mohawk, back inside three, forward swing roll (don’t touch down, weight in proper position on back inside edge)
- power pulls (use ankle and knee action, should accelerate; backwards–also keep your free leg just behind skating leg, but don’t use it to pull)