I know some posters here know me from MKF, where I'm a moderator and primarily post, but after checking out this forum on several occasions, I see that there are a lot of skaters here that are posting how their practices are going, etc. Therefore, I thought I should share my videos and skating experiences here too
Just to give all of you some background. I used to skate competitively for 10 years, and quit sometime around late 2001. I was skating full-time, going to college full-time, and working full-time. I was trying to fit in all of my commitments so I'd have a nice job out of college (with good work experience...hence working full-time), while also still trying to skate and possibly compete. During 2001, I finally felt burnt out and decided the skating had to stop. It was horribly difficult getting up 5 days a week at 3:45am to practice in the early morning hours before school.
Fast-forward 8 years later, and I still had the itch to get back on the ice and test out my skills. It was a fluke in a way because a friend and I were having a conversation one night, in late April 2009, and I told him since he was unhappy with work he needed to determine what his passions in life were, and then see if those are things that can translate into work. He then asked me what my passions were, and when I said skating, he asked "why not just skate?" He was right and I thought how silly I was to let the years pass by when I had a renewed desire to want to skate again.
So, in late June, I finally made the decision to get back on the ice. My goals were to get back into skating shape, get back to where I used to be and relearn the spins, and get my jumps back to a few triples, and then do AT LEAST one competition before I decide to stop again (not that I plan to stop this time around ).
Things have been going well for me so far. I've dealt with several muscle injuries since starting back, but nothing too horrible...just my body telling me I'm no longer 20 again .
I'm currently skating about 2 days a week, and a total of about 5 hours per week, so all things considered, I think I've made some great progress for the amount of time skating. I'm currently dealing with tendinitis in my groin/abdomen area, as well as some torn fibers in my left leg, so once I'm feeling better, my next goal is to get back a triple jump (probably the loop), and also have a consistent double axel. I plan to start doing the axels next week (hopefully...as long as my body feels better).
Oh, and I know some might ask. I was a Novice level skater when I quit. I thought I was Junior, but turns out Novice was my last testing, so I definitely plan on taking my tests to get through to Senior, but before that I'll determine what competitions I want to do. I'll definitely be skating in Adult events, but if I'm able to, I'd love to do a few "regular" events at the club level (yeah, call me crazy to compete against kids half my age, but I love a good challenge).
Here is a current listing of my youtube practice videos. I try to update weekly, as I enjoy having the video log, and it's also great having support from everyone, in addition to the critiques of what's good and not-so-good. I've been working on speed and attack since January, so it's a good way to focus on other things while my body heals itself . However, I still have a TON to work on to get back to where I used to be.
my youtube channel is: www.youtube.com/scootie12
Here's a listing of my videos:
Practice 01-19-10 (new skates break-in)
Practice 01-02-10 (spins in new skates)
Practice 12-31-09 (first day in new skates)
Practice 10-17-09 (spins and double jumps)
Practice 09-05-09 (rebuilt boots)
Practice 08-29-09 (first double lutz attempt since return)
Practice 08-15-09 (first double salchow attempts since return)
Practice 07-18-09 (first axel and double loop attempts since return)
Day 1: 06-27-09 (first day back in 8 years)
There are other videos but I didn't link all of them.
I'll try to post consistently as I do video updates.