PB- Have I taken a step back in my skating?

Hey guys! I have some good news… I passed my Preliminary Moves In The Field test. I only have 2 more MIF (and 3 FS) tests to go before I reach my current goal of being able to become a Coach. So this milestone is exciting for me. I didn’t do as well as I wanted on the test, I got 5/6 when I wanted honors. However, if I’m being honest, looking at the work I put into this section of the moves it makes sense. I could’ve done better if I put in more effort, focus, and time. But I let myself be preoccupied with other things.

Apart from my progress in testing I also wanted to let you guys know how I’ve improved and even possibly taken a step back in my Skating lately in different areas. I started my Instagram (and consequently this blog) to track my Skating journey, openly and honestly, so that’s what I intend to do. Lately, I’ve seen my artistry and transitions between elements and/or choreography become a lot smoother. I keep finding new movements and ways to express myself on the ice. And I’m proud of that progress. Only a year ago I was too embarrassed and scared to just skate to the music. I cared too much about what other people were thinking. Now I hear a song I like and I just start doing improv on the ice. Unless I’m in a lesson or the middle of something more pressing of course.

While I’ve made this mental and physical progress in my artistry and self-expression. I’ve also taken a step back in another area: The Axel.
If I’m being truthful, this jump scares me. I’m not sure why it does now when a year ago it didn’t. I was so anxious and excited to get to where I could attempt it a year ago when I was still working on flip and lutz. Now that I’m here, ready and physically able to. I’m scared. I freeze up in the air, take too long pulling in, and thinking too much about it that I haven’t been able to land it off the harness. Lately, I hate to admit it but, I backed down and stopped aggressively aiming for it. The Axel has become something I avoid. I hate that. My goal is to push myself back into a routine of practicing it and to outgrow this fear I have surrounding the jump.

Overall I’ve still made progress and appreciate that. But I need to be more intentional with my time. So that’s where I am at the moment in my Skating. Let me know if you want to chat. Comments on this post are always open and my DMs on Instagram. Email is a good way to get in touch too. All my socials are linked below. Have a lovely day and keep pushing forward!!!

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