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    First of all ... your first time skating and you attempted those jumps without falling! Michael, you were awesome! That was great and thanks for sharing!

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    Awwwww! You were so little! And knock-kneed! You were pretty brave for your first time out. It took me a month just to conquer my fear of the waltz jump, lol!

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    You were adorable!
    I'm glad you saved the video, and shared it with us.

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    Eh, another bad update video with nothing new. I'm starting to think my Thursday mornings are cursed. lol. I get up at 3:45 for practice, and I think it's probably so early that I'm just not into my body yet.

    Today I skated beautifully doing great spins and all of my combination jumps, but lately, I've been taped on Thursday sessions, and I just don't do well. Hmmmmm.

    Anyway, watch at your own risk as I try to get working on spins. Not a pretty sight. ha

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEaCRKRtn5s

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    Again with the picking on yourself. Please stop .

    You had some lovely spins. Your camel position has improved, and your spins are well centered. So big deal that you fell off the edge in a camel. Now you have something in common with Sasha - not sooo bad.

    Have you been doing exercises that helped you level your body in the camel. I'm pretty flexible, but I can't even get into that position, no less imagine trying to flatten it out and hold it on a blade. Camels are much harder than one would think.

    Please remember to compliment yourself on the things you do well. I have a feeling that in your head you're comparing yourself with US National Champs (or worse), so you're not seeing your skating as it really is. Watch some Adult Nationals performances to see how good you really are - and you are. Keep up the good work. I can't wait to see a "program".
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    Quote Originally Posted by gratefulmkfan View Post
    Again with the picking on yourself. Please stop .

    You had some lovely spins. Your camel position has improved, and your spins are well centered. So big deal that you fell off the edge in a camel. Now you have something in common with Sasha - not sooo bad.

    Have you been doing exercises that helped you level your body in the camel. I'm pretty flexible, but I can't even get into that position, no less imagine trying to flatten it out and hold it on a blade. Camels are much harder than one would think.

    Please remember to compliment yourself on the things you do well. I have a feeling that in your head you're comparing yourself with US National Champs (or worse), so you're not seeing your skating as it really is. Watch some Adult Nationals performances to see how good you really are - and you are. Keep up the good work. I can't wait to see a "program".
    Michael, everything gratefulmkfan said plus this. Did you see that girl in the rainbow skirt checking out your spin? She wasn't looking because it was bad, she was looking because she saw a good spin.
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    I agree with what everyone has said here! Don't be so hard on yourself, you're progressing so well! I'm loving those flying entries into your spins... absolutely terrifying and awesome!

    P.S. I hate you for making a single axel look easy!

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    I think your spins look great. This is all just a process, it is all leading you forward. Even our stumbles are stepping stones. The thing is to stay at it, keep going and one day you will be doing perfect spins without even thinking about it.

    I love that you are doing this, it is inspiring. For those of us who get to watch, with each tape we see you getting better and better. It is exciting. Please don't be hard on yourself. Like I've said before, you have great line and form, you're well on your way, the ice is yours!

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    Quote Originally Posted by scootie12
    Eh, another bad update video with nothing new. I'm starting to think my Thursday mornings are cursed. lol. I get up at 3:45 for practice, and I think it's probably so early that I'm just not into my body yet.

    Today I skated beautifully doing great spins and all of my combination jumps, but lately, I've been taped on Thursday sessions, and I just don't do well. Hmmmmm.

    Anyway, watch at your own risk as I try to get working on spins. Not a pretty sight. ha
    Wow, I'm impressed ... 3:45 in the morning and you were numero uno with those spins. Give yourself a pat on the back, Michael. You deserve it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gratefulmkfan View Post
    Again with the picking on yourself. Please stop .

    You had some lovely spins. Your camel position has improved, and your spins are well centered. So big deal that you fell off the edge in a camel. Now you have something in common with Sasha - not sooo bad.
    LOL, well at least I didn't completely fall out so I guess I should feel better knowing Sasha did


    Quote Originally Posted by gratefulmkfan View Post
    Have you been doing exercises that helped you level your body in the camel. I'm pretty flexible, but I can't even get into that position, no less imagine trying to flatten it out and hold it on a blade. Camels are much harder than one would think.
    I don't really do any exercises for my spins. I generally have a pretty strong camel spin, but it's not evident in recent videos. On today's practice session it felt great, fast, and centered. Funny thing is my coach sometimes has me demonstrate camels and flying camels for her students.

    Quote Originally Posted by gratefulmkfan
    Please remember to compliment yourself on the things you do well. I have a feeling that in your head you're comparing yourself with US National Champs (or worse), so you're not seeing your skating as it really is. Watch some Adult Nationals performances to see how good you really are - and you are. Keep up the good work. I can't wait to see a "program".

    Very true. I have a few issues to deal with. I am a severe perfectionist, and when something I do on the ice isn't ideal, I'm not satisfied with it. In fact, the Thursday session on the last video, I did a number of death drops and flying camels, and each time I did the slightest movement that didn't feel correct, or if my toe wasn't pointed correctly, I would keep saying something critical of what I did even though my coach and others at the boards would be telling me I looked perfectly fine. I even do this on jumps if I feel something isn't perfect with the air position or landing.

    Second issue is that I AM an Adult skater due to my age, but I hate to place myself in that category. I feel my skating should be up to par with where I was back when I was 20 and able to do a few triples. I compare myself with people much younger than me because....not meant in any negative way....I know I am much more capable than what any Adult skater on my level is doing, and frankly, I think what I am capable of can be up to par with other people skating at the Novice level...not Adult Novice, which is basically skilled up to a double loop jump. I know I have very strong basics, like smooth stroking and edges, and I try very hard to make what I do look smooth and effortless. I honestly can't say I see any other ADULT skater trying that, so for me, I like to compare my skills to the "regular" skaters since I think it motivates me to want to push harder and harder to do better.


    I've been trying to take the approach to be more positive about what I'm doing. In the first few months of this, I was celebrating each "victory" like an axel or a spin. Now I'm being critical and nitpicking each element. I think after last Thursday after annoying several people, and my coach, with all my nitpicks, I've realized that it's not as horrible as I think, and I should be satisfied with my progress. I am very satisfied, but I also don't want to remain complacent since I know I'm capable of being much better.



    Quote Originally Posted by Deetlebug View Post
    Michael, everything gratefulmkfan said plus this. Did you see that girl in the rainbow skirt checking out your spin? She wasn't looking because it was bad, she was looking because she saw a good spin.

    Thanks And lol about that little girl. I have to admit, she is one of the MOST annoying skaters I've ever had to share the ice with. She never looks where she skates and always skates right into me when I'm doing jumping passes. I'm surprised I haven't knocked her out yet when doing a jump


    Quote Originally Posted by synnabun View Post
    I agree with what everyone has said here! Don't be so hard on yourself, you're progressing so well! I'm loving those flying entries into your spins... absolutely terrifying and awesome!
    Thanks....I'm trying to have a better outlook Death drop is one of my favorite spins because of the entry. When done correctly, the entrance is fun since you throw your body into the air and land it in the sit position.

    Quote Originally Posted by synnabun
    P.S. I hate you for making a single axel look easy!
    lol, I get that A LOT My coach's students ask me quite often how I do my axel and my advice is always the same:

    - have enough speed
    - keep on the back edge going into the jump and STAY OFF THE TOE (too many skaters grind their toes to stop the speed right before jumping)
    - bend your knees for good spring


    Quote Originally Posted by MKPerfect6.0 View Post
    I think your spins look great. This is all just a process, it is all leading you forward. Even our stumbles are stepping stones. The thing is to stay at it, keep going and one day you will be doing perfect spins without even thinking about it.

    I love that you are doing this, it is inspiring. For those of us who get to watch, with each tape we see you getting better and better. It is exciting. Please don't be hard on yourself. Like I've said before, you have great line and form, you're well on your way, the ice is yours!

    Thanks, and very encouraging words! Today's practice was great so I'm definitely feeling motivated again. I guess I have to realize how many bad/off days I will have, but eventually the good days come rolling back around


    Quote Originally Posted by IceSkate98 View Post
    Wow, I'm impressed ... 3:45 in the morning and you were numero uno with those spins. Give yourself a pat on the back, Michael. You deserve it.
    Thanks! Today I got on the ice at 6am and got to sleep in a little later. It makes a huge difference getting an extra hour of sleep Jumps and spins were spot-on today and I was much more aware of what to focus on after reviewing my last video posting. I just hope I keep up the momentum since I've had a few great practices since that day.

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    Awww! That's wonderful, Michael. I'm so glad your practices have been much better! Keep that momentum going!

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    I just hope I keep up the momentum since I've had a few great practices since that day.
    With your high standards, if you think they were great, they must be phenomenal. I can't wait to see them. Please share.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IceSkate98 View Post
    Awww! That's wonderful, Michael. I'm so glad your practices have been much better! Keep that momentum going!
    Many thanks. I've taken a bit of a different approach to the practice the past two weeks.

    I had a long conversation with my coach, and I basically said I really need to get into better shape, lose a few more pounds (yes, I need to keep my weight right at 150 or a little below), and change my attitude. We agreed that what I should do is dedicate about 15 to 20 minutes at the beginning of each day I skate to stroking around the ice and doing a lot of MITF elements. So, what I've been doing is trying to maintain a contant movement where I skate forwards and the skate faster around the ice backward. I usually do a few laps around the rink and then go towards the center and just skate in one large (continuous) circle until I really feel my feet underneath me. LOL, it certainly works up a sweat fast

    Now that I'm able to work on spins again, I then move on to working on a few spins. I always do flying camels, forward camels, death drops, and then a few combination spins with a sit position. I really hope I can get into the cannonball position soon enough so I have more spin variations in the sit position. It looks so easy, but it's actually hard to extend your leg perfectly straight and then push your entire upper body down into the position. It's easy to do the position if you do a regular shoot-the-duck position, but when you add the force of a spin into the mix, it gets tricky to put your body into the correct position.

    This is what I kinda hate about COP that I have to learn these extra "features" on spins. The cannonball done correctly looks nice, but I HATE the CoE back spins, especially on the sit spins. They're just plain ugly and you're not really spinning. You go into a back sit spin and then change the edge to really do a forward inside spin. I personally don't like the esthetics of it, but whatever


    Moving on....the key thing my coach has drilled into my mind is to RELAX when doing my jumps. It has been a huge help since I've been popping less. I would stiffen up on my double lutzes and toe-loops, and couldn't keep my arms in the correct position. So the key has been to loosen up my body and just relax more into everything. So far it's working well, especially on the double toe-loops. Since I've always hated that jump, it's finally getting consistent where I'm doing them 80% of the time.


    Quote Originally Posted by gratefulmkfan View Post
    With your high standards, if you think they were great, they must be phenomenal. I can't wait to see them. Please share.
    Thanks

    I really hope to get a new update soon. Today's practice, like the past two weeks, was great. I did a lot of nice, airy jumps, and the double lutzes were all very nice. Since I had a meltdown on the jump for about two weeks (popping them too much), I'm glad it's back to being an easy and consistent jump. I even did a beautiful double lutz/double loop combination today that I wish I had on film My coach was like "that was huge and very beautiful." LOL, even one of the moms today was like "you've been skating so beautifully lately," which made me feel really good to hear. Maybe it's close to being a full moon, who knows Even last week, one of the dads told me he always tells his daughter to skate like I do because he says in person my jumps are huge and he thinks I have a very clean line in my basic skating. So...I should feel good that people are telling me they are seeing big improvements over the past few months.

    And of course, a big thanks to all of you here that have offered words of encouragement and support. It really is a motivating factor to want to keep doing better. I almost feel obligated now since I feel like I have so many invested in keeping track of my progress.

    As a side note, I really do plan to compete soon enough. I feel like I sound like a broken record, but in actuality, I think this (almost) past year was really needed to get back into the right place. Save for some more advanced spins and getting back the double axel, I think I've made it very far. I'm now deciding on my options on what my next step is. I can either do some adult-level events, but maybe if I'm crazy enough, I will choose to skate a few Novice events with people half my age I'm up for a good challenge, but I really hope once I actually invest time to work on the double axel, I'll relearn it quickly and add it to my list of elements to keep competitive.

    My coach has also suggested a few ISI events just to get myself used to being out in front of people again. We'll see.

    I've been listening to some music this past week trying to get good ideas that'll work well for my style of skating. I think I have a few good leads
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    Hi Michael, how are you doing with your weight loss, relaxation, program music choices, double axel, etc? I think you're so talented and skilled, as well as being an all around sweetheart of a guy. I anxiously look forward to news about your choices for competitions, music, etc. A video update would be welcome also. (just a hint ) I hope all is going well in your life as well as your skating. You deserve good things.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gratefulmkfan View Post
    Hi Michael, how are you doing with your weight loss, relaxation, program music choices, double axel, etc? I think you're so talented and skilled, as well as being an all around sweetheart of a guy. I anxiously look forward to news about your choices for competitions, music, etc. A video update would be welcome also. (just a hint ) I hope all is going well in your life as well as your skating. You deserve good things.
    Hey!! I think you were reading my mind because, as luck would have it, I was going to have today's session filmed. After all is edited down, I have more than 6 minutes of footage for you

    Not sure if it's the best, but it's an update. I skated a very short practice today, so I wanted to do more combination jumps, but decided to work on my spins since I just started learning the cannonball spin.

    Last Saturday, I started to learn both the forward and backward cannonball spin. Looks easy, but it's really not. Just imagine your body in a very tight position and your face staring directly down at your boot while it's spinning on a sheet of ice. Add to that the need to great flexibility. My back has suffered a bit, but I'll be fine. I just hope the spin gets better looking that what I'm showing in the video.

    Everything else is going well. I'm relaxing a bit more, and as you'll see in the vid, I even wore some *very* relaxing and loosely fitting clothes...lol...the pants and shirt are Ralph Lauren, and they are SUPER comfortable soft cotton, so that alone relaxes me haha. I might look like I gained 20 lbs because of the clothes, especially the white making me look like the Stay Puft from Ghostbusters (lol), but my weight is fine, and I'm getting in better and better shape. I never really needed to lose much, but 5-7 lbs makes some difference, I guess.

    The double axel has been put on the backburner. Perhaps I'll try them for my 1-year anniversary back on the ice at the end of this month. I can't believe 12 months have FLOWN by.

    Still working on music, and also working on getting a choreographer. I might get the opportunity to work with a World Team member from a previous year, or I will go back to my old program choreographer from when I previously skated competitively. I promise to keep all of you updated as I make any decisions.

    gratefulmkfan: Many thanks for the kind words above. It certainly keeps me motivated

    Here's the new video update Hope it's enjoyable


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uau1SySwwKk


    PS - excuse the very LARGE flutz I do on the second double lutz. When my body gets a bit tired, I tend to flutz since it feels less labor-intensive to jump from the inside edge. I've been working quite a bit to make sure I stay off the inside edge...not such an easy task sometimes.

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    One thing for sure ... you weren't as stiff during this practice session. I like that you are more loose on the ice now. I also liked the death drop and camel spin. Regarding the cannonball spin ... those aren't too easy to do anyway. I think you're doing a great job with the cannonball spin considering you haven't been practicing it very long!

    By the way, I love your Ralph Lauren pants and shirt! It suits you really well. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you and good luck with working with a World Team Member. It definitely sounds promising. You're doing a great job, Michael!

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    Quote Originally Posted by IceSkate98 View Post
    One thing for sure ... you weren't as stiff during this practice session. I like that you are more loose on the ice now. I also liked the death drop and camel spin. Regarding the cannonball spin ... those aren't too easy to do anyway. I think you're doing a great job with the cannonball spin considering you haven't been practicing it very long!

    By the way, I love your Ralph Lauren pants and shirt! It suits you really well. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you and good luck with working with a World Team Member. It definitely sounds promising. You're doing a great job, Michael!

    Thanks. One of my favorite spins has always been the death drop, but one of my goals is to make it look a bit better. My coach always says most are beautiful and huge, but I think I want it to look a bit more Brian Boitano looking I want to extend the free leg higher into the air before falling into the back sit position. Should be a simple fix.

    The cannonball got much better over the weekend. I took some advice from a few here....thank you MMG, in particular...and also reviewed this last video posting to see what needed to be fixed. My leg was much straighter, toe pointed, and the spins were more centered this time around. And no falls LOL.

    Thanks Angie re: clothes. Let me just say that the pants, in particular, retail at Bloomingdale's/Macy's for $125. The price seems steep, but when you wear them you understand why they cost so much. I'm going to buy a few more pairs because they are super comfortable, so maybe it relaxes me a bit when I wear skating

    On a separate update, looks like I've narrowed some music choices down. I need to talk to my coach this week to see her opinion. This is such an annoying process in many ways. I'll be glad once I have a final edit of SOMETHING.

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    Ooh... I always love your new videos. I'd record my sessions, but no one wants to see me. I can afford just two sessions a week. I'd much rather have two sessions a day!

    Around 1:15, I heard just a second of Eva Cassidy and the beginning of FOG!

    I very much understand the need for pants (and tights and skirts and dresses!). I've got various bootlegs, leggings and capri's from Chloe Noel, Se_Ku(the BEST ever), Capezio, and Mondor. I think the cheapest I paid was $60 on eBay (yeah, I'm cheap)! When I can afford it, I can justify the cost because skating clothes tend to be super comfortable, reactive to hot/cold, and last a long time.

    Your jumps are soooo beautiful! You really make them seem effortless. I'm jealous, lol! I'm shooting for the Juvenile FS about this time next year... so hello Axel!! Moving on, one thing that sticks out though is your free leg when landing... you also do it when exiting your spins, though some are better than others. It tends to go out more to the side rather than behind you... the hip of your free leg also sticks out and up. I think you could try to pull it back (as my coach says... until you feel a "pinch" in your back) and point your toe. I do the same thing A LOT and my coach says it looks like I'm trying to pee on a shrub (yes, that's my darling coach, lol)!

    Your camel is gorgeous, great leg position. I love the "nonchalant" arm position during the spin too. I love the death drop so much and it remains one of the things I want to learn most after mastering all of my single jumps and spinning in the opposite direction. Your death drop is gorgeous. I don't blame you for wanting to go bigger with it; it'll be that much more gorgeous when you do!

    The cannonball looks difficult. For having just started it, you're doing really well! I'm sure you know what you're doing wrong at this point.

    Keep up the great work! You're doing very well!

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    Quote Originally Posted by synnabun View Post
    Ooh... I always love your new videos. I'd record my sessions, but no one wants to see me. I can afford just two sessions a week. I'd much rather have two sessions a day!

    Around 1:15, I heard just a second of Eva Cassidy and the beginning of FOG!

    I very much understand the need for pants (and tights and skirts and dresses!). I've got various bootlegs, leggings and capri's from Chloe Noel, Se_Ku(the BEST ever), Capezio, and Mondor. I think the cheapest I paid was $60 on eBay (yeah, I'm cheap)! When I can afford it, I can justify the cost because skating clothes tend to be super comfortable, reactive to hot/cold, and last a long time.

    Your jumps are soooo beautiful! You really make them seem effortless. I'm jealous, lol! I'm shooting for the Juvenile FS about this time next year... so hello Axel!! Moving on, one thing that sticks out though is your free leg when landing... you also do it when exiting your spins, though some are better than others. It tends to go out more to the side rather than behind you... the hip of your free leg also sticks out and up. I think you could try to pull it back (as my coach says... until you feel a "pinch" in your back) and point your toe. I do the same thing A LOT and my coach says it looks like I'm trying to pee on a shrub (yes, that's my darling coach, lol)!

    Your camel is gorgeous, great leg position. I love the "nonchalant" arm position during the spin too. I love the death drop so much and it remains one of the things I want to learn most after mastering all of my single jumps and spinning in the opposite direction. Your death drop is gorgeous. I don't blame you for wanting to go bigger with it; it'll be that much more gorgeous when you do!

    The cannonball looks difficult. For having just started it, you're doing really well! I'm sure you know what you're doing wrong at this point.

    Keep up the great work! You're doing very well!

    Thanks for the comments.

    Re: landing position...

    I've been working to correct it a lot. If you look at week 1 videos you will see how much wider the hip was. I learned a very different type of landing position when I skated up through 2001/2002. Ever since being back on the ice, my coach has been very picky about me fixing the leg. I tend to hold it better when she's working with me, but it's still a work-in-progress. It's actually part of the reason I strained my hip and groin area because I was putting to much pressure on it from jumps and spins. Other times, like in recent videos, I just get lazy haha.

    Oh, and yes that WAS FOG. My coach's daughter was skating to it for a showcase program. I told her it was against skating rules to use iconic music associated with Michelle Ironically, she competed last weekend and won out of a group of 8 girls. Must be the Michelle effect

    PS - I love watching practice videos. Get posting!!

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    Wow! I don't usually come to the rink section, but saw your post on something else with a link to the video, so I had to check it out.
    I am so impressed and agree with what everyone is saying.

    I love that you are so detail oriented. I wouldn't think of it as being hard on yourself. Especially when you are noticing things like - toes need to be pointed etc. That attention to detail is what separates good skaters from great skaters. I think of Michelle going from the 2005 (ponytail, jumper) to the 2006 season where she skated to Salome. Every hair, every fingertip, every toe point was choreographed and perfected.

    The trick is to be patient with yourself as you master these.
    By the way I can't even function at 3:45 in the morning - yikes! I have no idea how you can skate. I am taking a boot camp summer session for 4 weeks that starts at 6AM every day and I struggle. And thats not jumping on a skinny blade!

    I love seeing your practice video and can't wait to see what music you choose and where you go from here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearpaw View Post
    Wow! I don't usually come to the rink section, but saw your post on something else with a link to the video, so I had to check it out.
    I am so impressed and agree with what everyone is saying.

    I love that you are so detail oriented. I wouldn't think of it as being hard on yourself. Especially when you are noticing things like - toes need to be pointed etc. That attention to detail is what separates good skaters from great skaters. I think of Michelle going from the 2005 (ponytail, jumper) to the 2006 season where she skated to Salome. Every hair, every fingertip, every toe point was choreographed and perfected.

    The trick is to be patient with yourself as you master these.
    By the way I can't even function at 3:45 in the morning - yikes! I have no idea how you can skate. I am taking a boot camp summer session for 4 weeks that starts at 6AM every day and I struggle. And thats not jumping on a skinny blade!

    I love seeing your practice video and can't wait to see what music you choose and where you go from here.
    Hey bearpaw! Thank you so much for the very encouraging comments As I always tell people, everyone's feedback somehow motivates me to keep pushing even when I don't feel like I want to. I was telling my parents the other day that I go through different feelings from loving skating to sometimes questioning why I decided to get back into skating mode after so much time away from the sport, and also trying to do this when I'm pushing 30. I love the challenge, and when I do well, it's a very gratifying feeling. I've also been telling people that it's a very unique feeling to be able to successfully do a double or triple jump because the feeling of being able to jump is a great feeling, and difficult to explain unless you're able to do it yourself.

    Anyway, I've been practicing away, and trying to perfect some of the little details. I've been watching some videos to figure out what little things need to be fixed, like a toe point on a spin, or extending my leg more on something else. I was happy to hear from my coach last week that my cannonball spin looked perfect since I've been trying to fix everything from the last video posting....it was an added bonus that she was also telling me I had perfect centering on the spin to which she pointed out the tracing on the ice There are a few things she always tells me, and two of them are about my spin centering and how I can trace a perfect loop figure into the ice.

    Quick detour, but speaking of paragraph loop figures, one of my coach's students asked me the other day what I was doing to warm up down the ice, and I said "I'm doing some loop figures to get a good feel of the ice and my edges."

    The student replies, "what are figures?"

    I was like, "just go away now if you don't know what figures are"

    I guess I officially feel old if I know what figures are and PRACTICED them when I was very young.

    Anyway, I hope to post a new video soon. I just haven't done any filming. I would have loved to see last weekend when my coach and I were working on spins, and she asked me to do a flying camel. Considering I was sick with a sinus infection, my hearing was all but gone in one ear, and my balance was a bit off. Anyway, I did the flying camel, but lets just say I kept on flying....right onto my right hip Ironically though, the rest of my session with my coach was great, and my jumps felt spot-on.

    On a final note, I think I FINALLY narrowed down my music selection for my program. I'm not sure if I should divulge the info yet, but I am going to try to work on editing this week. It's a familiar piece of music, but since I like to try to be different, I might use more of the unused pieces of the music to make a more interesting program. Otherwise, I might go more mainstream and use the familiar part. In either case, I think the music suits me very well, and hopefully I'll be able to translate the feeling of the music onto the ice...something I think I'm a bit nervous about since I want everything to be perfect. Considering no one here has ever really seen me do choreography yet, I think I'm a bit nervous to see how people will critique my style.

    Hope to video update soon.

    Thanks again everyone for the encouragement

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    Michael, I can't wait to see your next video! I'm eager to find out what music you chose! I like the sound of you going with unused pieces of the music.

    I thought that was so cute about the student asking "what are figures?"

    Thanks for the update, Michael.

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    Michael -
    It is great to get an update from you! I too can't wait to see your next video. Rock on!
    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that you are taking some time to perfect the little things. Quality over quantity can make such a difference. And besides, you can always start back seriously training the jumps any time you want. I can totally relate to your age/body comment. I turned 40 last year and all of the sudden am having achilles tendonitis issues while training for a 5K. So, I had to slow down and stop running for a while and decided to focus on over toning and strength training while I patiently wait for it to heal. Abs of Steel baby. Man you don't realize how good you have it physically when you are young until you are older.

    IceSkate98 - I am not so sure its cute - when it ages me that I know what figures are! (Anyone besides me know what an 8 track is anymore?)

    Best of luck training Michael!
    We are proud of you - oh we are proud of you!
    We are proud of you - oh we are proud of you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearpaw
    IceSkate98 - I am not so sure its cute - when it ages me that I know what figures are! (Anyone besides me know what an 8 track is anymore?)
    bearpaw, you're not alone. I was born in 1958 and my birthday is about two months away. About the 8 tracks ... I still have them and an 8 track stereo to play them on that actually works. I also have a large record collection of 45s and 33 LPs. One of my uncles worked for a juke box distributing company back in the 60's in Columbus, Ohio. That's where he lives. He would send my dad a big box of 45s about every three months. He was allowed to keep the old 45s after he replaced them with new ones in the juke boxes. A lot of the records had "Disk Jockey record - not for sale" on the labels. My dad ended up giving me the collection of records which include all the old Motown, The Righteous Bros., Rick Nelson, Chubby Checker, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Smokey Robinson, Dione Warwick, etc.

    And about the figures! I just wish there would have been VCRs back during the 1976 and 1984 Olys. where I could have taped Dorothy Hamill and Scott Hamilton!

    Total agreement here ... Michael, we are proud of you!!
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    As always, many thanks for the kind words. Much appreciated

    I went to my practice today intending to get a significant chunk of time on film since I wanted to get everything on camera so I could watch and find out what to fix. Anyway, nearly all of my time with my coach was not filmed, but I did get just a few things I wanted to see.

    I've been having a bit of grief these past few weeks successfully doing a double lutz without popping a million times. It's the transfer of weight on the take-off that is throwing me off, and my coach and I decided today to just try it on a more flat edge, rather than going into a deep edge. Guess you'll see the popped jumps

    My coach said I did some great spins at the beginning of our session, but the ones I have on film I don't like. My cannonball looks unpolished, and it's annoying me because I was so conscious of holding the free leg very straight, but it looks so bent in the video That, plus a lack of pointed toe....sigh....practice makes perfect, I guess.

    I did some nice combos today, but am having trouble getting a LANDED combo when doing it in conjuction with a double flip or lutz. On the bright side, I guess I can say I always land on one foot even if I fall lol. No two-footed jumps, which is good.

    Anyway, sorry for the lack of video, but here's the link:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLiIe5grezE

    If I can praise myself for a sec the axel in the video looks so textbook and airy, with a quiet landing to boot

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