I woke up with sore, stiff joints this morning. Today, I may use my last day of my weekend to recover from jogging, yoga and skating. The exercises helps me stay sane with my graveyard shift.
It’s been about 7+ years since I tried a double salchow.
Double Salchow from Kris Vera-Phillips on Vimeo.
At Vacaville Ice Sports, I’m working on my jumps again, little by little. In comparison to my competitve days (more than a a decade ago), I am 40 lbs heavier. So, I need more energy and strength to pull off those crazy double jumps. Plus — a lot of mental games run around in my head as I’m doing laps around the rink. I’m trying to remember what it felt like to jump and forcing my body to have confidence in my landing abilities. Sometimes my body and mind don’t agree on what I can and can’t do. Before take-off, I have to say to myself: “Body, you will do this jump.”
I’m also getting used to falling on the ice again. She’s a cold, cruel mistress, sometimes.
Still, I’m having fun skating for myself.
And last month, we celebrated my dad’s birthday at Heavenly in Lake Tahoe. He did fantastic on his first day back skiing. He said it’s been 20 years since he last hit the slopes.
Snowboarding at Heavenly from Kris Vera-Phillips on Vimeo.
After chatting with my parents on the Gondola…Mark’s the first one snowboading. He’s in the top right hand corner of the screen, wearing dark clothing. I’m the next one snowboarding, in a white ski jacket.
We had a rocky time on the slopes with snowboarding. The snow was hard as ice and it really hurt to fall. Still, we managed to conquer the bunny slopes by the end of the day. Yah!