Lessons

CAMEL SPIN

  • Bend
  • Chin
  • 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)

AXEL

  • Bend
  • Arms (back)
  • Forwards to R – really helped keeping the R arms pulled in over R side
  • Cross

DOUBLE SALCHOW

  • Bend/push
  • 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

Lesson on 3rd March

AXEL

  • Bend R knee (i.e. while on RBO, immediately stepping – in order to get the L knee lower)
  • Arms back
  • Jump off toe
  • Arms forward/outside – i.e. to R side of body

Worked!

DOUBLE SALCHOW

  • Bend
  • Connect
  • Ankle
  • Forward
  • Arms on R side

CHANGE FOOT CAMEL SPIN

  • On the change, keep eyes up – looking at the handrail
  • On the change, take L arm across
  • Aim to be pigeon toed (i.e. R toe pointing in)
  • On LBO, aim to be on the bottom toe pick – don’t allow weight to go too far back on blade

FLYING CAMEL

  • LBO a semi-circle
  • Take off from the toe – and kick the R leg straight
  • Keep the L leg straight in the air too

Keeping each leg straight helped to keep the flying much tidier – better!

Flying camel

Landing way over 50 per cent of my flying camels now.  Many of them are over the LFO edge too.

The main two tips that seem to help me (plus one that I need to work on):

  • Do a LFO edge semi-circle – jump on the end of that semi-circle
  • Jump off the TOE – think TOE
  • (Whip the L arm around)

Training

DOUBLE SALCHOW

Focused on new checklist:

  • Shoulder
  • Bend – i.e. bend the L knee to allow me to jump higher
  • Knee up – i.e. bring the R knee high towards the L hand
  • Knee in, toe down – i.e. turn the R knee in and the R toe down in order to get into a good landing position

CAMEL SPIN

  • Wind
  • Look
  • Wait – i.e. focus on the RFO edge
  • Left

Did some decent camels in the morning.  Then got terrible late morning.  Went for lunch and came back to the ice and did really, really good camels.

FLYING CAMEL

Actually kind of managed to land a flying camel today!!  Really helped to fling the L arm from forward (in the “wind up” position) to behind me just as I took off.

Not great back camel positions.  But there was definitely a jump of some sort.

Today’s skate and lesson

DOUBLE LOOP

Checklist:

  • Upright
  • Shoulder
  • Toe (take off)
  • Cross ankles – this last bit seems to help me to land on my R side.  I’m getting about 1 and a half rotation then landing forwards
  • IDEALLY, I would ALSO pull the arms in while keeping them level.  But I can’t seem to do this and focus on the ankles at the moment.  So for now, I’m just concentrating on thinking ‘ankles’

DOUBLE SALCHOW

  • Upright
  • Shoulder
  • Keep the L shoulder checked forward while bringing the R knee up
  • Curl the R arm in level

FLYING CAMEL

It helps me to get more jump when I bring the L arm around from front to back after the LFO edge.  So bring the L arm back while on the LFO just before the take off.

CHANGE FOOT CAMEL

Coach said that it should help me to get the flying camel if I first can do a change foot camel.

CAMEL-SIT SPIN

Both coach A and coach B have said that I need to bring the free leg around (and not through) from the camel into the sit position.  Coach A suggested that I bring the L arm through from back to about 45 degrees in front before starting to bring the R leg around into the sit position.

Free skating lesson

DOUBLE SALCHOW

My current mental checklist (at least before my lesson) was: Upright, shoulder, knee bend, level:

  • Upright = pull my body upright, as if someone has grabbed the top of my hair.
  • Shoulder = keep the L shoulder checked forward.
  • Knee bend = deep knee bend on L knee in order to propel me into the air.
  • Level = keep weight over L side and avoid dropping R shoulder while rotating.

However, I’m not crossing my ankles at all, even though I’m getting 1 and 3/4 rotation most of the time (but falling on my R side).

THEREFORE I need to work on a Salchow-back spin drill and think ‘knee in, toe down

CAMEL SPIN

Mental checklist which worked well on Monday (and today being Wednesday) was: Wind, look, leg, look, hands behind back:

  • Wind = on the back cross over LBI edge, wind L arm in front of body and R arm behind me
  • Look = look over my L shoulder
  • Leg = As I step onto my LFO edge, keep the R free leg behind me rather than allowing it to drop to the R side
  • Look = continue to look over L shoulder
  • Hands = clasp hands behind my back

However, the new mental checklist needs to include: Core + open hip:

  • Core = think about activating my core so that I keep my chest up and avoid letting the R free leg swing too wildly around
  • Open hip = keep the R hip open so that the R hip is lifted up, helping me to keep the weight on my L side

Not sure what the new, full mental checklist therefore should be.  Maybe I’ll try: Wind, look, core, open hip, leg, look.

FLYING CAMEL

Started this with coach today.  The theory is to do a semi-circle LFO edge, then to jump back across my own tracing to land on an RBO edge.

I tried a few but kept doing a 3-turn on the ice on my L foot.  So I need to think about jumping earlier.