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Two Edges, One Pick

Skating Coach and Program Director

Palouse Ice Rink
October 2010 – October 2011 (1 year 1 month)Moscow, Idaho, USA
Teaching all ages and levels of skating. Choreography. Off ice training. Video analysis of skating elements. Power skating.

It seems like such a simple thing, such an obvious thing: Stroking is the base of any figure skating warm up, right?

It may be the base, but there's more to stroking than you might think. The stroking portion of your warm up needs to get your pulse rate up, warm up your muscles, help you feel your edges under you, and get you skating with the best technique right from the start so that you can do everything else. Oh, wait, that last bit... that's the hard part, so, let's start there.

Continuing in this week's theme of warm ups for ice skating practice, I want to share an exercise I call "jumping the tens". Depending on various factors, you might want to change this to "jumping the threes" or "jumping the fives". In general I'd say either do fewer jump types with more reps or more jump types with fewer reps. Of course, your personal fitness level or injury profile should also be taken into consideration when you decide how many reps to do of each jump.

Over the course of my skating career I've spent a lot of time on very small rinks. The first rink where I ever trained was the old San Francisco Ice Arena on 48th Avenue and Kirkham. It was tiny and was the oldest indoor ice rink in the US still standing for many years before it was closed down in late 1989.

The spin cycle is a series of spins from easy to difficult, skated at the beginning of a session with no previous spin warm-up. This exercise is intended to help increase consistency across spins even on the first attempt.

There are no second chances. If a spin is good or bad, it doesn't matter. Just move on to the next one. Between spins, think about what would have made the last spin better and what you need to do to have a perfect next spin. Visualize your next spin completely. Feel it in your body from entrance to check in your imagination. Then spin.

The Ledge Of Know

A client's server has been sending him messages saying that his server space is full. He wanted to know if this was because of files that were being added, databases getting full, or if this was a log overflow problem related to another technical problem he'd faced about a month ago. So, how do we figure out where all the storage has gone?

Paul and I each have a Samsung Galaxy S4. His has been running Cyanogenmod, and mine is still on the stock ROM it came with. There are a couple of reasons that I hadn't upgraded my phone to CM yet, one of which is the fact that when we'd set up Paul's phone, we'd had to run through several nightly builds until we found one that actually worked on his phone.

My laptop has some hardware trouble that really needs to get fixed. I need to stop using for a few days and take the time to open the thing up, figure out what all is loose and causing the problems on the left hand side of the machine, and fix it. But, there are a couple of problems with that. Problem one is that I know that I'm not going to do this all in one sitting.

Tonight I'm teaching a class in which all the students will be able to log into my server, create a database, download Drupal 7, install the site, and then go and look at the apache logs to see what they've done.

I'm in the process of upgrading my server for fun and for profit, as they say. I was on an ancient Fedora 4 system and finally I reached a point where I couldn't upgrade some of my software to work on the system at all without compiling a bunch of other requirements by hand, too. I've been with Open Hosting for a long time now.