Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Q and Mentor!


Be ready I have a long post here!!
Sorry everyone I didn't get to post on Friday, we stayed up late watching a whole bunch of the popular TV series called Lost.   Anyway we preformed at the Quicken Loans arena, (The Q) and we didn't do well...at all.  Our circle at the beginning broke apart, our straight line footwork got all jumbled up and then someone in our pinwheel, (These are all just fancy synchro words) fell.  So we didn't do well, but we all had a great time and the Monsters (the team we're rooting for) I'm pretty sure that they won, they were 2 points ahead, and there was only one period left in the game when we had to go.  So the Q was done but we all still had the competition at Mentor to worry about.  Mentor is only about 20-30 minutes away from us, so it was a pretty quick drive.  Once all of the synchro girls got there, (our team and the little syncrho team that my mom coaches) we were all so scared!  The stands were packed with people!  Since our team is relatively newer, almost no people in the stands new who we were!  Everyone there was rooting for the Crystalettes or the Cleveland Edges and literally EVERYONE loves them.  These teams are amazing, they even went to Nationals!  It just so happens that our syncrho team is called Clarity, since we start with the letter C, we always have to compete against those teams!!  Our whole syncrho team was freaking out!  Later on, we went into the locker room to get on our gold dresses. Then, about 10 minutes later, a lady walks in telling us that we have to start heading out to the ice.  We all walked single file standing right behind the rink door opening onto the ice. All of the stands were jam packed with people and they were all screaming and shouting syncrho chants to boost up the teams currently on the ice.  When the team right before us finished, the crowd stood up screaming at the top of their lungs, cheering as loudly as they could.  We all gave eachother a nervous glance. Then the person on the loudspeaker called out our teams name.
"From the Chagrin Valley Figure Skating Club, please welcome, Clarity!"
There was a small and polite applause, not the loud cheers and screams the other teams were getting.  We took our spot and soon the music began.   The program was going well until near the middle of our routine.  One of our teammates fell.  But then she got right back up and kept going like nothing had happened.  The rest of the program was really good!  I think we did the best we'd ever done!   We ended,  and the crowd seemed happy so they clapped  louder than they had when we first got on the ice.  We stepped off the ice and no longer than 5 minutes later the scores came up.  We got 4th out of 4.  But everyone was fine with our placement.  We knew we weren't as good as the team that went to Nationals, we knew that we weren't as synchronized as them either!  But we had a GREAT time and that's all that matters.  And apparently at Mentor, 4th place wins a medal!  It was strange because the 4th place medal was a shiny gold medal, and the 1st place medal was kind of a bronze/brown color.  Anyway, it was awesome getting a chance to compete there, that's actually where Regionals was held last year!  That's where I got 6 out of 18 for my solo competition!  Oh and I quickly wanted to tell you (since this post is getting suuuuper long) that we are going to be leaving for a week long cruise and my upcoming solo competition is only 1 week after!!  So on the cruise I'm going to be doing work outs, off ice and things like that so I can keep my cardiovascular system good and healthy so I'll be ready for the competition in only 5 days after we get back from the cruise!


P.S. I started working on my triple toe-loop yesterday!  First triple that I've tried!  I was 1/2 rotation off!

Thanks
Alyssa :)

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Q!

Just a quick heads up, my syncrho team will be doing a performance at a big ice rink called the Q on Thursday!  We will be skating in the period break of a hockey game.  I am super excited and I will post all about it on Thursday or maybe Friday because It'll probably be late Thursday night and I will be really tired!  OK that's all I have to say!  I'll post again soon!

Thanks
Alyssa :)

Friday, February 10, 2012

No Skating!

HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO SKATE FOR 5 DAYS!! 

We just got back from one of my dads business trips to Indianapolis, Indiana.  And the drive wasn't bad, it was only about 5 hours away!  If you think that's long, on our way out to Seattle, we had to be drive 14-15 hours in a day.  (BORING!!)  Anyway our hotel was awesome!  It was so big!  It was, (I think) one of the biggest hotels we have ever stayed in!  When you think of Indianapolis, you probably don't think of everyone begging to stay another day... Or maybe a another week, but that's exactly what we all did!  Everyone really wanted to stay a lot longer!  We did so many awesome things there, we played miniature glow golf, (who plays miniature glow golf?? That's so cool!) we ate at some really good restaurants, and we actually went to the mall and I got some really cute new boots (my other one's are so old you can actually see my toes through them!!)  So we had a lot of fun, but I still, deep down, just really wanted to get back on the ice and start doing all of my doubles!  But all in all we had an AWESOME time and I am already looking forward to going again!  Oh and my the way, synchro is canceled tomorrow, because there is a competition that a whole bunch of people will be going to,  (I'm not competing there.) But thankfully there is still club ice that we will be able to go to a little later in the day so I can get some skating in!!


Thanks
Alyssa :)

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Faster

Lately I have been going into my jumps so much faster than usual, I am so happy! Before, I was going like super slow into them.   So now since I am going a lot faster into my jumps I am sometimes two footing the jump because, the timing gets a little bit different when you go into the jump faster.  So it's kind of hard for me to get used to going a lot faster into them, but I know it'll just keep getting better and better as time goes on.  Oh!  I almost forgot to say, but our synchro team has a BIG performance at an ice arena that we call the Q, on February 23!  This is where we will perform at the period break at a big hockey game.  I am so excited!  And then one day after is our synchro competition on the 25!  That'll be one crazy week!!



Thanks
Alyssa :)