Thursday, September 29, 2011

Regionals!!

Hey everyone today was Regionals and boy, did I have an awesome time!!  I skated this morning at 9:10 and my sister, Jessica skated at 5:30.  For my program I decided I would take out my double loop because I didn't feel comfortable doing it, so I added an axel-double-toe-loop (combination jump) instead.  I felt a whole lot better when we decided to put that one in.  But anyway, when we first got to Mentor (the place where Regionals was being held), I got really nervous.  All over the place I saw huge, glowing electrical signs saying "Regional Figure Skating Championships"  These four words almost gave me a heart attack.  Just seeing those words I couldn't actually snap into the moment and realize that I was actually going to be competing at the real Regionals!  So  we finally parked our car and walked into the big arena.  As I opened the door, I saw figure skaters all over, their dress's bedazzled jewels sparkling like crazy.  It was so crowded I could hardly get to the locker rooms where I needed to get my skates on.  Finally I could manage to squeeze through the packed crowd and get to where I needed to go.  As we got into the locker room, I tightly wound up my skates and put on my hard guards.  I don't want to explain the whole process because, this post is already starting to get too long.  So when it was my turn to go, after a successful warm up, I got onto the smooth, slippery ice and glided over to my spot.  Overall I think I did really well.  The only thing I realized was that I was going slower than normal, I sped up my jumps but I slowed down my overall skating, which is actually unusual because it's usually just the opposite.  So I ended up taking 6th out of 18 other girls.  My sister Jessica ended up taking 17th out of 18 :( but at least she's not upset about it, she is actually in a really good mood. :)  So, overall I think we all had an awesome time and I just wanted to say really quick that we will be moving to Seattle Washington tomorrow!  I'm going to end it at that! :)

Thanks
Alyssa :)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Results!


Sorry everyone that I haven't posted for a while I've just been so busy!  Anyway I told you about how our ice skating competition was on September 10, and I have to say it went pretty well!  There were five girls in my group including me.  When my group's warm up started and I got on the ice, I tried to do my double loop, but I just couldn't land it!  I was so upset.  So I think that really freaked me out because I was falling on a really important jump! It turned out when I was up to compete, I did end up falling on my double loop :(  mostly because, first I was already freaked out about not landing it in warm up and secondly because I was going super slow!  Like my dad says "Were you skating through molasses or what?"  Don't worry he's just like that, strict and honest.  Which is actually a really good thing.  See one of my biggest problems is that it is really hard for me to take criticism.  Here's and example.  When someone says "I think you could get a little higher on your jump"  I say "I thought it was pretty high though"  when I say this I know it's stupid, I can always get higher!  Duh!  So back to the competition I ended up taking third out of fifth.  So not bad but not exactly good either.  But I had a fun time and that's what really counts! :)

P.S.  Regionals is on September 29!  Time to practice, practice PRACTICE!!!  

Alyssa :)

Thursday, September 1, 2011

New Dress!

Okay this is not good I'm seriously freaking out  about the competition!  It's already September!!  And my first competition of the season is on September 10! Arg!  But actually there have been a change of plans, we won't be going to Nashville Tennessee so we can practice at our rink for the competition.  I would really have enjoyed to go to Tennessee but in times of a competition where I have to do doubles in it, I think I'd rather just stay and practice at my rink.  Oh yeah, tomorrow we are going to my great grandpa's cottage to celebrate his 90 birthday!  I'm super excited!  And actually my grandma picked out a dress for me to wear for the competition so I'm also really excited about seeing what my new dress will look like!  I'm actually supposed to be packing right now so I'd better go! :)


Thanks
Alyssa :)