After the 3-turn (i.e. after ‘connect’), coach wanted me to accelerate bringing the R leg and arm through. So:
- Bend/push – coach wants me to bend and push with more speed
- Bring R arm/leg around more quickly
- Pull arms in and cross the knees more tightly
CHANGE FOOT CAMEL
Coach wants me to enter the spin with more speed. So:
- RFI 3-turn and bend
- Step onto LFO with more speed
- Still allow the L arm to go around more slowly (i.e. don’t rush the L arm)
Then on the change:
- Keep the head lifted up (and only a little to the R). Keeping the head lifted helped me to do good, strong back camels
In order to travel less:
- Bend at the L ankle so that I can press the ball of the foot into the ice – this helped me to centre a bit better
Great camel spins on Monday:
- Chest to L of L leg
BACK CAMEL VARIATION
Coach L taught me variation on the back camel:
- Bend L knee
- Twist upper body – R shoulder down and L shoulder up
- Move L arm under the body
The key to staying in position is to focus throughout on staying on the same blade position.
- Start with R arm back, left arm forwards
- Bring arms and shoulders to in front of R hip (although teaching ‘normal’ people, get them to aim for shoulders over hips and hands in front of belly button)
- Bring L leg in and transfer weight to R hip
LEVEL 8 CHOCTAWS EXERCISE
Part 1 – quick turns
- RFI start
- RFI-RBO 3-turn
- Change of edge
- RBI-RFO 3-turn
- Step onto LFO sequence
- Step onto RFI
- LFI sequence
- RFO sequence
Bend knees after change of edge so that the second turn is on the peak of the semi-circle.
Part 2 – choctaws
- Keep shoulders level. E.g. from L back to R forward, keep R shoulder and hip up (to get them level)
- Once I’ve mastered keeping the shoulders level, then think about more knee bend
- Together – i.e. L foot close to R foot on the ice
- Turn – i.e. turn the L foot on the ice so it makes the smallest circle possible
- Extend head/spine
CHANGE FOOT CAMEL
Keep R shoulder back – this helped!
FLYING CAMEL SPIN
- Extend R leg around + bring it around (i.e. don’t take a shortcut)
- Outside edge – aim to land on an actual outside edge
BACK SIT SPIN HOP
- On the hop, keep the free leg open
- Pull L hamstring in to keep legs together
- Allow arms to go out sideways on the hop (as it looks a larger hop)
- Arms (back)
- Forwards to R – really helped keeping the R arms pulled in over R side
- Connect – includes keeping the R arm back
- Bend/round – i.e. bring R leg and R arm around together at same time – and accelerate…
- …into pull (i.e. don’t lock eyes forwards).
Not jumping forwards so much and pulling in tight for longer did help me to get faster, better rotation – landed nearly clean and/or clean!
DOUBLE LOOP DRILLS
Drill 1: Air position in a straight line
- Step from LFO to RB (but flat, not outside)
- Keep R side really twisted back – as if the head were looking back
- Cross the knees
- And cross the ankles – pull the L toe away from the R foot
- (It’s fine if the RB edge goes a bit RBI)
Drill 2: Snap into twizzle
- Loop take-off feet
- Allow R edge to deepen (go onto toe) as if for loop take-off
- Turn to RF with L knee crossed over
- Snap into air position (with tight arms and tight knees), twizzle (allowing the blade to rock back and forwards slightly)
- Exit into landing position with R arm back
DOUBLE FLIP EXERCISE
- Do a single flip take-off
- Do a half rotation to land on RF edge – but with L knee up and crossed over L side + arms over R side
- Step onto LFO
- Do a second flip take-off but this time trying to get 1-and-a-half rotations
Push onto the LFO – coach said I had more speed and coverage. So:
- Push (bend the L knee) on RFO
- Pull in tight for longer – it helped me to speed the rotation and it looked cleaner as a jump
SIT SPIN (and all spins, really)
Do a tighter half-circle on the LFO. So if I’m facing north as I step, try to wait until I’m facing south before allowing the spin to happen.
Also helped on some camel spins.
BACK SIT SPIN HOP
During the back spin, come up on the R knee and then hop.
After the hop, stay up for a fraction of a second before descending back into the back sit position.
BACK SIT SPIN
My exit position was a bit ungainly. Coach L suggested coming up on the R knee while keeping the L foot in the sit position and then taking the free leg back.
Also need to think about keeping the L leg straight rather than breaking at the knee.
BACK CAMEL VARIATION
Get a Level by doing this back camel variation:
- Turn body out (i.e. rotate L shoulder up)
- Bend free leg
- Turn R arm towards belly button
SIT SPIN LEVELS
Get a spin level by doing:
- Back sit spin –> hop (by coming up slightly first and then doing a hop) –> back sit spin
Epiphany during practice: I need to think about allowing the toe pick hit the ice before I push the L arm round and push the body into the twist position. Leads to acronym B(end), C(hin), D(iagonal), T(oe), R(ound):
- Bend L knee
- Chin on L shoulder
- (Turn out R hip)
- Diagonal with L arm – and really let the arm go forwards – as I need a few moments to skate on the LFO edge before it hits the toe
- Toe, then arm goes round
- Arms behind back
Aim to keep the knees together. Do a drill: do a single loop, but tap the ankles (i.e. boots) together in the air and then release before landing.
Got better rotation on Monday. Today (Wednesday), landed several 1/4-under double loops. Pulling in helps me to get faster rotation.
- Twist (i.e. twist upper body clockwise)
A bit inconsistent today. But it seemed to help when I looked at my L hand and followed it around. So:
- Look at L hand
- Twisty feeling in upper body???
Coach L identified I was jumping too much “into the circle” – or at least my R leg was going into the circle rather than straight out.
- Arms back
- Toe (i.e. take off from L toe)
- Arms forward/R leg forwards
Coach asked me what I felt in the air. I didn’t really have a sensation I was aiming for. So he taught me to jump my R side forwards (towards the glass).
- Toe/ankle (i.e. take off from R ankle – push up into the air)
- Forwards/gather – i.e. aim R side forwards (towards the glass) and then gather the arms and R side in over the R axis
Similar technique to double Salchow seemed to help me to get my knees tighter in the air.
- Twist – i.e. twist upper body clockwise
- Toe – take off from toe
- Forwards/gather – BUT make sure my L arm does not go out too much – L arm needs to stay close to the body
CHANGE FOOT CAMEL SPIN
Put R little toe down – it helped me to centre my back camel!
- Keep head up
- (Avoid dipping the body down on the change)
- Bring L arm forwards
- Put R foot (R pinkie!) down
- (Then stay slightly forwards on the blade – bottom toe pick)
BACK CAMEL (FROM RFI ENTRY)
Keep the free (L) leg straight from earlier on – rather thant trying to straighten it once in the spin