"No," Dmytri said. "You will practice it wrong and I'll have to come back and fix all your mistakes."
He says this as if I have no role in fixing my own mistakes.
My skating is pathetic. Seriously. It's beyond embarrassing that I'm this bad at it. Especially direction change. So I'm trying to figure it out. Again. But this time Dmytri is taking a different approach that I actually really like.
Bottom line: I'm not allowed to practice turns.
I am allowed to practice the following:
- Outside and inside edges - paying particular attention to tracing on the inside edges.
- Circular pumps on outside edges - this is very similar to power pulls only without a change in edge. Instead of weaving down the ice, I end up making progressively smaller circles. (It makes a spiral design on the ice, not to be confused with figure skating spirals.)
- Circular pumps on an inside edge - only on my right leg, pulling my left foot in by my skating leg and turning my foot out, essentially setting up for a mohawk. I'm not allowed to practice this on my left side. I didn't ask why.
- Backward outside edges on a circle - bringing my free leg next to my skating leg and opening up my torso to the outside of the circle.