I skipped my regular Monday practice and came back to it today. There were a lot of kids there - I wonder if they had a half-day or something today. Or maybe it was something special.
Anyway, I'm still getting frustrated by that scratch-spin. I don't know what it is about it that's so difficult for me. Otherwise, I was mostly trying to get myself back in the skating frame of mind and mood. I've been very inactive, that can't be good for it at all, although I wasn't feeling tired at all by the end. Worked up a nice heat going around fast, though. I managed to bang my elbow again, which was still a little tender from what I did to it Friday. Not very humerus (sorry, the pun was irresistable).
In fact, when I hit that particular spot it really tends to hurt. With stuff like this and Friday, I have to choke back a 'goddamit!', not necessarily from the pain but just 'cause falling like that will really piss me off (especially if it rips some of my good pants!). You never hear harsh language in a skating rink, even when people fall. I have this image of someone falling down and hurting themselves and shouting real vitriolic profanities that echo across the whole rink and everybody falling completely silent. I almost have the urge to do it, but the image it creates in my imagination is surely better than the actual thing.
I did manage to procure a different book on skating technique, though, which looks promising. First thing I noticed was the stress it put on being able to turn your toes out (like a plie in ballet). You *need* to do that really well to do those toe-out glides around the arena you always see in professional skating; you can even do it with your toes out more
than 180 degrees to circle a point to your back, which just makes me cringe thinking about keeping that position. In fact, I'd noticed toe-out positions when I was taking lessons as a kid, but I was never that great at it - flexibility was not my strength. I'm doing pliés on solid ground to get more flexible, though, as well as attempting them in the rink, so hopefully that will pay off. Anyway, I'll look at the book better before Friday. Until then, stay warm.