Friday, April 29, 2011
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Its been so much fun having my dad in town. He arrived on Easter and brought the kids Easter baskets. This is exactly what my mom would have done. Very touching. :)
Dad, Tanith and I walked to Keystone lake. It was a gorgeous day but quickly turned gray and stormy on our way home. Very windy.
The boys really loved having Pop around.
Wish he could have stay longer. I feel so blessed to have such an amazing dad.
A few days ago, we had a HUGE storm. It was crazy. So much snow. We went on a car ride up to the continental divide. It was great seeing the skiers at A BASIN. And all the trees looked gorgeous with so much fresh snow. It was only 14 degrees at the pass, with a slight wind. It was a nice car ride. :)
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
My rink is closing soon to get all new ice. This is a good thing...we like fresh new ice. But a bad thing because WE NEED ICE TO SKATE ON! So I am kind of frantic right now with my practice time. Okay, not frantic--obsessed, anal, stressed. I'm still recovering from this awful chest flu/bronchitis I've had. My lungs clearly aren't happy to be on the ice at this altitude. But I'm running out of time. So many shows and comps this summer. NEED TO GET READY.
So I skate. Luckily, my body is mostly holding up (knee still hurts). I've been blessed to skate at a rink that isn't crowded, and by crowded I mean, its just me! I can play any song I want. I can put my program music on repeat for endless minutes. No one cares. Its just me.
Today, I put my freeskate music in and pushed repeat. I skated around just visualizing it. Arms here, look there. Breathe. Then I took my position and started. about 1 minute 40 I was dead. Um...the program is 2 minutes 9 second. ARGH! So I sat down, feeling depressed, trying to catch my breath. Drinking water. Blowing my nose. Feeling depressed. What the heck is wrong with me? What type of lame skater am I? Why can't I do this freaking program.
Over and over I skated. And over and over I messed up. There goes "that" camel. Oops, messed up on "that" footwork. Yeah...didn't even attempt "that " jump. Over and over...repeating those beautiful strains over the sound system. It was just me. COME ON ANGIE> FREAKING DO IT! YOU DON"T HAVE MUCH TIME!
Suddenly my freeskate from last season came to mind. Bach. Why was Bach so great? Because I skated it from my heart. I told a story. I loved every second of it. I felt it. It was just like 94 Gordeeve and Grinkov. Or 2011, Caitlin and John. Passion. Love. Joy.
I skated over, took a drink, and reminded myself that this program is FOR MY MOM. GO DO IT ANGIE!
I skated over to my starting position. I looked up and smiled. Relaxed my shoulders and the music started. I moved, I crossovered, I stretched, and pointed my toe. I had perfect ballet fingers. I approached my footwork like I OWNED IT. I did my first jump combination-perfect. Light, fluffy, nice position on the landing. More transition moves and footwork. A bit noisy on the toe pick (hey, this is still Angie we are talking about... scratch!). Good speed and FLEW into my lutz. Footwork good, camel spin...oh yeah! I own that too. Feeling a bit tired at this point. The altitude is kicking in. My asthma is making me want to fall over. I'm hungry and want to throw up, but I remember...I'm skating this for my mom. Its my mom! So I push into my spiral sequence (HEY! pretty cool to actually have a spiral sequence!) and then my sal. Now its time. Arms. beautiful expression, and a HUGE SMILE drops me into a hydroblade and then effortlessly with new power into a perfectly perfect sitspin into a finishing pose.
I squealed--picture Tara in Nagano. I danced over to the cd player and turned off the repeat.
I pushed through and remembered to find the joy.
And then I went and blew my nose again..
I have bought many dresses from them, and my favorite soakers too. They are the nicest people and are so easy to talk back and forth with.
Monday, April 25, 2011
Its OKAY to be scared while rock climbing.
IT. IS. OKAY!
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Saturday, April 23, 2011
It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves. -Sir Edmund Hillary
Courage isn't about doing something you're not scared of. Courage is doing something in spite of the fact that you are scared of it. -- Ellen DeGeneres
Some people dream of success ... while others wake up and work hard at it.
Your attitude determines your altitude
If you are interested in Rick's upcoming trip to climb Denali, here is some info:--Super Angie
He is climbing with MOUNTAIN TRIP . Friend them on FB here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/
Mountain-Trip/83311631940 They should do updates on FB and on their blog. AND here is a map of the route he is taking. This is NOT the normal route. The Northwest Buttress is a very technical climb. This is an up and over, carry all route. It involves ice and rock climbing and has only been done a dozen times. GO RICK!
Friday, April 22, 2011
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Tan found an Easter egg at the rink today. I had seen a sign say there would be hidden eggs at the rink and the rec center and TA DA! Tant found one. Actually she found a bunch but I made her put the others back. She found candy inside and then a note saying to go to the front desk. She came back with a jump rope and a writing pad. She was so excited. BUT the cutest part--she gave the candy to the boys when they got home from school. What a nice sister!
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Having been so inspired lately by my many wonderful friends, I decided today to RUN instead of walk on my treadmill. Usually I walk at a high incline--like training for climbing mountains, so today's run was a new thing. And might I said...it was FUN!
Love this pic of the two of us climbing from this past summer in Boulder Canyon. Good times. Can't wait to start climbing again as a fam.
The family that Climbs together...
Yesterday at Little Learners, Tanith went on a snowy field trip to the police and fire stations in Breck. You can see in this pic, her Police badge. She talked all afternoon about hearing the toots of the horns, the sirens and meeting the Policewoman. She also saw the jail "but there was no bad guy in it but there was bathroom". Love this little sweetheart!
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Anyway, tonight he reminded me to keep my head up and as Lady Gaga always says, "PAWS UP!"
Watch out world. Super Angie is here. Paws up!
Thanks Brad! I needed that reminder. :)
Today I found a delightful l little package in our mailbox. Tanith was at Little Learners, so I opened it, but of course once I saw what was inside, I knew Julie had sent it for Tan. :) But I still had a little fun.
Thanks Julie! You are simply the best! xoxox LOVE YOU!
can not believe how much snow we got over night, and then after a beautiful morning, we just got DUMPED ON all afternoon and evening.
Must be spring in Colorado! April what? lol
Had a great time back on the ice at altitude today. Man, it was HARD skating in Breck again...my lungs were not happy. But I'm proud of myself. I was inspired by some FB friends who were pushing through illness and still running and working out, so I followed their lead and just DID IT!