Figure Skater in Quarantine

Hey, there isolated humans. How has your quarantine been? Mine has actually been pretty good, to be honest. I have been able to spend a lot of quality time with my family, and I have also had a lot of time to work on a lot of figure skating moves, jumps, and rotations. Last week I told you all about how I was able to do the Chinese Spiral. Well, guess what! I was finally able to perfect it without using any support. I know, awesome, right! This week I had the opportunity to learn how to do the Criss Cross Chinese Spiral. It’s almost the same thing as the Chinese Spiral, but instead of grabbing your left leg with your left hand, or vise versa, you grab your left leg with your right hand. After being able to perfect the regular Chinese Spiral, the Criss Cross Chinese Spiral is actually pretty easy, if I am honest. The only thing that I really had to work on for this one, though, was my balance. I had to work on balancing all of my weight on only one foot for long periods of time. To say that it was hard would be a complete understatement. After many, many hours of stretches, I was finally able to do my Criss Cross Chinese Spiral for about a minute and a half without losing my balance, but I did start losing it at around two minutes. To be honest, I did not really practice a specific jump this week. Instead, I worked extra hard on my balance, landings, and my rotations. I think that this might have been one of the most hardcore weeks ever because these are some of the most important things in figure skating. Without having good rotations, you won’t be able to complete your jumps. Without good landings, you can either majorly hurt yourself, or your jumps will simply not look as graceful as they should. Without balance, you can absolutely do nothing in figure skating. You can not even skate without amazing balance. Sometimes I wonder what I would be doing right now if I had never started skating. Would I be working out as much as I do right now? Would I be stretching as much as I am right now? Would I be making sure that I do not eat a lot so that I can stay in shape? What would I have done during this time of quarantine? Well, the truth is, I do not know. I don’t know what I would be doing if I never started skating. Truth be told, I don’t even want to think about it. Although I have only been skating for a couple of months, I already feel like it is a really big part of me. Maybe that’s what I will make all of my blogs about from now moving forward. I will write about one of the main amazing things that have impacted my life—figure Skating.

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