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.
Changing the order of the checklist because the knee goes up before I take off from the toe:
- Knee – i.e. knee up, but keep R foot behind/below the knee
- Toe – i.e. take off from L toe
- Pull/twist into R side
Think about keeping the L side of my body tight and activated. Did strong, consistent camel-sits even when tired by activating the L side of my waist.
The camel part is about 75 per cent consistent. Generally, if I can get into a camel, I can get into the sit.
I span really well when I focused on both chin on L shoulder and keeping R leg behind me / to the left.
- (Keep looking)
- Step onto outside edge…
- …while keeping R leg behind me / to the left
Or simply think about keeping the body in a banana shape to the L on stepping into the camel.
Coach showed me a video of my double Sal. I’m not bending my knee a great deal, hence not getting enough height.
Therefore practise single Salchow with deep knee bend.
- Shoulder (i.e. L shoulder forward)
- Wait/edge – i.e. after 3-turn, pause and make sure my weight is into the circle so I’m on a proper inside edge
- Bend knee
- Jump high – using arms as well
- Jump forward – but keeping L shoulder forward
- Knee in/toe down
Seem to have this mostly cracked. It’s all about keeping the chin on the L shoulder…
- Look – chin on L shoulder
Better when I focus on the following when changing:
- Back (i.e. allow the back to move from being parallel to ice to more upright)
- Barrel (i.e. imagine wrapping both arms around a gigantic barrel – but with its centre of gravity over the L foot)
- L side – form a triangle over the L leg, i.e. keep the weight over the leg side
Two things to focus on when I step onto the LFO. One, CREASE at the hip. Two, make sure I step onto a clear OUTSIDE edge as opposed to a flat edge.
- Leg (on back crossovers, make sure I have a straight L leg)
- Look – and stay looking
- Crease / LFO
- Toe pick
- Unwind L arm
LEVEL 7 FIELD MOVES – FOUR 3-TURNS
On outside 3-turns, keep the opposite shoulder forward. Don’t let the shoulder pre-rotate. For example, on R outside 3-turn, keep the L shoulder forward (like on a loop jump) and let the edge do the work.
Practise staying on the outside edge. Keep doing the drill when I toe pick close to the L foot. Don’t worry about jumping for now – just on keeping on a clean LFO edge.
Lesson with Coach A today.
Double Salchow (drill)
Helped when I focused on:
- Toe – i.e. taking off from the L toe
- R side – i.e. focusing on getting my weight transfer to my R side
- Foot under – i.e. pushing the R foot under the L foot
This seemed to make me fairly stable and I rotated quite quickly.
The key will be trying to get the foot under (i.e. crossing) while IN THE AIR rather than landing and then crossing.
Getting into camel: focus on R OUTSIDE EDGE
Transition into sit: bring the L arm forward; then allow the body to come a little upright before bringing the R arm around and forward to balance out the R leg.
Spin exits (in general)
My landing position has been a bit twisted, with the L leg too far behind the body. The L leg needs to be out to the side more and further up.
Back spin exit
Coach noticed that, when I’m exiting my back upright, I almost seem to be stopping on the spot before exiting.
Instead, think about allowing the RBO circle to widen and then push the L leg back while keeping the body upright.
Coach told me to:
a) wait after the 3-turn so I get a longer LBI edge
b) keep the R shoulder back after the 3-turn, partly to help get the longer LBI edge
Therefore, new checklist:
- Shoulders – i.e. check L shoulder forward AND R shoulder back
- Check – i.e. wait on the LBI edge
- Together/level – i.e. bring the arms in together and level
Those three on their own helped me to land to forwards really easily. Keeping the R shoulder back and checking after the 3-turn seems to help me quite a lot more than rushing through it as I had been doing.
When changing, imagine that I’m hugging a barrel with both my arms as well as my R leg. This seemed to help!
GETTING A LEVEL ON A SPIN
Coach said that I could get a level on my spin by adding a hop. So doing back camel into back sit, and then coming up with a hop on to back upright spin.
Also try doing back sit into back pancake. And back sit into alternate position with R arm grabbing L blade and L arm up.
When changing from the camel into the sit, think about staying over my L axis.
Then bring the L arm around sooner. (Perhaps think back to the ‘butterfly’ motion I tried a few weeks ago?)
LEVEL 8 FAST CHOCTAWS
Rotate the hips in order to twist the feet into the correct direction.
LEVEL 8 BACK TWIZZLES
Aim to turn just behind the ball of the foot rather than alternating between back of blade and ball of blade.
Avoid rocking the upper body on the cross cuts.
Keep the ankles more tightly together.
Coach taught me this last Monday. It didn’t work then, but seems to have worked last Friday and then today too.
When coming out of the camel spin and transitioning into the sit, keep the L arm out as if I’m reaching for a barrier or a hand rail.
Seems to help me keep my weight further over to the L side, allowing me to bring my R leg around without falling onto my LFI edge.