Allow the toe pick to go into the ice (to turn to LBI) before allowing the L arm to go around
- Forward with L arm
- Edge pressure
- Toe, then arm goes around
- Arms behind back
- Turn out R hip
Keep the head weight forwards on the change – it means I wobble less.
- Keep weight over the R side as I step onto the RFI
- Keep L foot down, knee straight and L hip open on entry (to try to get the correct leg position – rather than trying to correct it after a couple of revolutions)
SPIN VARIATION: BACK CAMEL BENT LEG
Try bending the L knee and turning the body up (i.e. L shoulder and arm up; R arm down). I go faster when I do this – and it would get me a level.
Need more edge pressure! Even though I was saying it to myself over and over, I wasn’t actually implementing it. Need to be more mindful of this one thing. New acronym FERB seems to work well though. And then need to turn out the R hip afterwards. So:
- Forward – with the L arm – let it (and the edge?) go forwards a bit rather than trying to throw it to the L too quickly
- Edge pressure – bend the knee until the blade hits the toe pick
- Round – sweep the L arm around the body
- Behind – clasp both hands behind the body
- Turn out the R hip – this helped me to keep the spinning circle quite small AND helped me to keep spinning and spinning. This really helped!
- Keep the body strong (i.e. avoid dipping the upper body and bouncing up and down) – go down smoothly
- Point toe out – this is both more aesthetic and seems to help me to keep the L leg straight!
Start bending the L knee sooner (i.e. on the LFO rather than waiting until I have hit the toe and switched to a LBO edge). No pause. Seemed to work. It almost felt as if I was collapsing into the spin – but it did help me to get down into position more quickly.
Not having worked on the Axel for months due to my posterior tibialis injury and rehab, my Axel had deteriorated a little. However, coach started to help me fix it. Immediately, I’m not putting my free foot down.
- Jump forward – aim to get upper body over the R knee
- Push L arm forwards/out of the circle
- Keep head/chest up
- Keep L foot close to ice
- Stay down in R knee until free leg hits 9 o’clock; at 9 o’clock, the L arm also starts to go back
- Keep the L side stretched and the head to the R side – this really helped to keep me on the correct edge and do a good number of revolutions
FLYING SIT SPIN
Think Salchow take off!
- RFO for half a circle, then hop off toe (like a Salchow)
- Bring R foot around
- Land on L toe – really important to avoid skidding
CHANGE FOOT HOP SPIN
(A drill for preparing to learn the death drop)
- Do a normal forward sit spin
- Then hop into the air
- Turn the L leg out (i.e. into usual back sit position)
- Land on the R foot in a sit spin
(Coach D gave these to me, as I have a RBI counter in my step sequence).
- Mohawk to LBI
- Shoulders to R
- Rise up on knee, shoulders facing down the rink – neutral shoulders
- Counter to RFI (while shoulders go back to R)
- And repeat
Repeat on other leg
- Mohawk to RBI
- Shoulders to L
Began working on step sequence on 14th September.
- Start bottom corner of rink (by fire exit)
- 3 jump (land with L leg in landing position as usual)
- RBO 3-turn
- Put L left down into spread eagle
- Allow spread eagle to turn me
- RFI down rink into rocker
- After rocker (i.e. now on RBI), put L foot down in front of R foot; open R shoulder to turn toward judge’s side of rink
- Bend R foot, step onto L
- RFI twizzle two and a half times (to backwards)
- L toe, R toe (while turning), cross L over R while backwards
- Step RFO
- L cross roll
- Now on L foot, 3 3-turns to finish on LBI
- Step RBI
- R cross (to RBI)
- RBI counter to RFI
- L choctaw (turn R shoulder anticlockwise into it) to LBO
- While backward, cross R over L
- LFI into bracket to LBO
- Step onto RBI
- Double time chassis (i.e. RFI briefly then back to LFO)
- RFI into rocker to RBI
- Step onto flat LF (while keeping body facing backward)
- RB flat (while keeping body facing backward)
- Cross LB over
- (Still need a few steps – perhaps a turn on L foot, as most turns are on R?)
I was rotating a bit too quickly. Need to drive leg and arms forwards more before turning in. And punch arms out more quickly after landing.
- RFI counter
- Change to RFO edge
- Bend R knee (i.e. will still on RFO)
- Step/bend on L knee
- Kick R knee up + launch arms in direction of travel (and let the foot and arms go a bit further in terms of length…)
- …turn R knee in
Got better rotation by bending at the L ankle before take-off. During lesson, after lesson and on Friday, I continued to get good rotation, landing a couple of 1/4-under double Sals.
- F l o w . . .
- Bend R knee (as stepping onto RFO)
- Bend (at ankle)
- Turn in
During lesson and after, I got better rotation (landing to 1/4-under!) by focusing on twisting R shoulder back. Therefore:
- Twist (i.e. sway) – focusing on R shoulder going quite a way back and around
- Ball of foot for longer
- Forwards – this really helps me to get that extra quarter rotation
- Pull in
JUMP SIT SPIN
Think of the timing as a one-foot Salchow, but jumping on the spot rather than travelling. And bring R foot around to forwards on the (small) jump.
(From RI counter, change of edge) Keep an active knee: step onto L foot and keep going down before jumping up. I was a bit static on the L foot.
Also, think about pulling L arm in to R shoulder.
Bend R knee on 3-turn before the salchow. This immediately helped me to get more height on the jump.
Also, aim for more flow from R step forwards into 3-turn. Landed several 1/4 underrotated.
- F l o w . . .
- Bend R knee (as stepping onto RFO)
- Arms IN
Remember the Ace of Spades twist beforehand.
Also, I was tending to scrape the ice with my toe pick long before take-off. So aim to stay on ball of foot for longer, THEN go off the toe.
- (Clockwise) Sway
- Ball of foot (for longer)
Remember to dip the body over the R side on entry.
Bring L arm around at same time as L leg (i.e. bring arm around a bit earlier).
Keep L foot turned out (as it was a bit dropped down towards ice during lesson).
Coach has set me a challenge:
- Camel (4 revolutions), sit (4 revs), upright (4 revs)
- Back camel (4 revs), back sit (4 revs), upright (4 revs)
I can already sometimes do it. Just need to work on consistency.