Everything in my skating seems to be going relatively well except for these four things we have to do.
Two foot turns (forward to backward): In short, I turn but I stop. Some people just seem to get this and flick themselves around like... well, something flicking themself forward to backward!
I just cannot keep going after the turn. I try standing still to do it and I turn about 150 degrees. As soon as I try it moving, I either just skate a tiny circle, or turn but immediately stop.
A little kid (one of the flicky-around-like-it's-easy ones) told me I need to turn my body first, then my feet, but this still doesn't work. I've watched others do it slowly, which is hard as most people do three turns rather than two-foot equivalents anyway, and seen that they sometimes slip the outside foot slightly in front before turning. But when I do that, it worsens the circle thing. Should any particular foot be ahead during the two foot turn? Would more attention to the edge change (LFO&RFI-RBO&LBI) help?
Stepping backward to forward: I think what I really need for this is some practice time without too many people, so I can skate backward with more confidence. I might be doing this okay when I try it actually; it's just that I rarely get to try and improve.
T-stops: I used to be able to do these in one direction on my old skates, but now I can't. I hope I'll be able to do them better now my blades are sharpened on the new skates. Are you supposed to rotate your upper body sideways (like in a T position), or just put the skate behind?
Lunges: How do you get low enough on these? I can just get my boot to drag if I try hard, but I can't get the blade to lift off (so both boot and blade are dragging at the same time). I can do the position quite well off ice, though.
Teapots: Another one I can do pretty well off ice. Actually, I can do the position well, and I can do it badly (off ice), but I can't go from doing it badly to doing it well. I'm good at dip-falls so maybe I'll approach it like a little kid and just see how far I can go before I splat. Do you think I should do down into a dip, then stick one leg out, or do a one foot glide then a sort of one foot squat into the position?