Today is April 15, 2020.
We have been in quarantine for what feels like months, but it has only been a couple of weeks, and to say that I am ready to see people that are not my family would be an understatement. I am more than ready to go back to church and school. To be able to see all of my friends and actually be able to hang out with them. My birthday was last week, and all I wish that I could have done was simply go ice skating with a group of my friends. I wasn’t able to do so. I have been working out a lot, to be honest. Trying to keep me busy, you know? I have been doing a lot of ice training for figure skating. I bought a figure skate spinner so that I could practice my spins and rotations off of the ice. It’s not the same, but it’s just as good given the circumstances. I have learned multiple different moves that I have written about in my previous blog posts. Although I know that trying those on the ice will be a gazillion times harder than off of it, I feel as if I am getting one step closer. I mean, how can you compare doing a Biellmann Spin off the ice in my Nike gym shoes to doing it on the ice wearing boots and thin/sharp blades.
Trust me; you can’t. I have also been practicing my jumps. I am currently able to do a loop jump. This is a jump in which I take backward on one foot, do a full rotation, and land backward in the same foot that I took off on. The next jump on my list is the Axel Jump. I have been trying to do this one for about a week and a half. This jump is where you once again take off backward, but this time you do a full rotation and a half. That means that if I start forwards on my left foot, I will end up backward on my left foot. Crazy, right? I feel as if the more that I practice these things off of the ice, I will be able to master them faster on the ice. As you can see, the main thing that has been on my mind during this entire quarantine is figure skating. From thinking about how much I miss it too actually practicing all of these things in the family room and front yard. During this situation, I have found that I have found so much time to do the things that I wouldn’t be able to do when we actually have to go to school. This event truly may be a blessing in disguise for each and every one of us. Although this quarantine has been brought to us under terrible circumstances, I am very grateful for the time that I have spent with my family and accomplishing my workout goals.