My weight wasn’t on the correct part of the blade, so advice is to arch my back. This helped me to spin in a more stable position.
- Go into spin as normal
- Once in position, arch the back and imagine pushing middle of sternum towards the ice
Straighten the skating leg – both on forward camel and back camel. Allow the foot to go slightly forwards of the body so the angle (to free leg) is greater than 90 degrees.
To get more height, also kick the free leg further back. So:
- Step forwards on RFO and kick the L leg further back along with arms
- Kick L leg further forwards and up – imagine trying to jump on the saddle of a horse
My set-up for the jump is OK, so the first two steps are the same:
- Bend/push on to RFO
- Connect (after 3-turn)
- On jump, kick the L leg further forwards and up – imagine kicking a football with the shin
Tighten abs during the jump. But tighten abs before starting the back crosses.
In fact, tighten abs on all jumps!
Getting good rotation generally. But coach added a few pointers. So:
- Bend – i.e. on RBO
- Bend – i.e. on LBI
- Arms (back)
- Knee up – to get height
- (Bring arms up to near chest and not too far away from body)
- Punch self on R pec!
- Twist hips anti-clockwise in / cross ankles
I had been doing:
- Bend (on LFO)
Coach suggested I focus on press of L ball of foot into boot / into ice. So now:
- Press (same as before – on LFO)
- Press (same as before – feeling the weight on L ball of foot)
- Press – keep weight over L ball of foot – feel the press of L ball of foot – rather than allowing weight to go in between both legs
- Punch self on R pec!
- Twist hips / cross ankles
- Keep head up (looking at hand rail around the rink)
- Bend / keep weight over the L foot (as I had previously been a bit far back) – this helps to avoid skidding on the entry!
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.
- 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
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???
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
Some valuable corrections:
Jump forwards. He pointed out I’m leaving my upper body behind. Therefore lean into the jump.
Also, RFI counter/change of edge entry seems to be working well – he suggested sticking with one entry.
- (RFI counter, change of edge)
- Forwards (i.e. lean upper body forwards into the jump)
- Arms outside of circle, i.e. aim towards my R side
Again, jump with upper body forwards. I was leaning back at the waist.
Also jump forwards.
Bend and go up. My rotation is decent. I’m just not getting enough height.
Straighten my free leg!
LEVEL 7 FIELD MOVES – CHANGE OF EDGE, DOUBLE 3
On both exercises, hold the edge after the change of the edge for a second longer before the 3-turns.
LEVEL 7 FIELD MOVES – DOUBLE, DOUBLE 3S
Go wider across the width of the rink on each set of double, double 3s.
LEVEL 7 FIELD MOVES – ROCKER CHOCTAW
Hold the rocker. My edges were a bit flat.
LEVEL 7 FIELD MOVES – BRACKETS
Open the free leg knee before bracket. Turn the free toe in after the bracket.