After my dramatic program I came back to my room and crashed. I’d wanted to see the rest of the skating but was a bit too tired and sick. I missed seeing Scott from my rink with his fantastic purple trombone and Husky marching band music and costume. We’d skated together on a few early Saturday sessions as we both tried to prepare. Scott ended up winning the pre-bronze men’s light entertainment with his spirited performance.
On the plus side my room had one of the virtues of an older hotel room: a deep, hot bath with plenty of hot water. Combined with The Boys in the Boat it was heavenly. Eventually I revived and watched the end of the day’s skating.
On the next day’s practice with Gary my lutz was back. He had me do it several times and it behaved each time. It was small, with a foot tap on the landing, but good enough to go. Gary tried to help me on my spins. He wanted my free leg to hip height on my camel and my sit-change sit to have six good rotations on each foot. On my Ina Bauer he wanted my trailing leg completely straight and not scratching with the toe. Both seemed hard to achieve, the toe-scratching was especially stubborn. He added arms to the back cross-strokes at the beginning of my footwork pattern and had me alter the end of it so I’d face the judges at the end.
One of my skating friends from home kept me company before my skate, so did Gary. I had a good five-minute warm-up, doing my jumps and spins but very little of my footwork and transitions. My actual skate went pretty well. The most egregious bobble was the ending footwork. My counter became a three-turn, and adding arm movements on the back cross-strokes made the inside spread eagle just after that a bit weird. Worse, trying to face the judges at the end made me lose my concentration and miss the skid stop into my ending pose. I tried to do a T-stop and then awkwardly glided into a stop dragging my toe pick behind me. Smooth last impression.
Ah well. Other pros and cons: I was happy with the beginning of the program, I felt it had good musicality and flow. My jumps were OK, the lutz was mediocre which is about as good as I could expect. I got stuck in a corner after my salchow/toe and my crossovers became flat and powerless, I abandoned a little footwork that came right after that.
I got my free leg at least temporarily up to hip height in my camel, but once I stood up it traveled. Still, at my current skill level I can’t sneeze at a camel that worked at all. I had trouble changing feet on my sit-change-sit, but again, it could have been worse: at least I changed feet and stood up on one foot.
I placed 4th of 6th, same placement as last year but in a younger-skewing age group (45 to 54 instead of the former 51-60). Now if I can just train for Nationals! I’ve been out for a week with bronchitis, I’m waiting for the meds to kick in so I can get back out there.