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
FLYING SIT SPIN
Starting with a “hopping upright spin”:
- Back cross over
- Step onto LFO edge with more knee bend
- Point the R foot out and R toe up
- Wait until L blade changes from forwards to backwards (i.e. feel the change from middle of blade to ball) then hop off toe pick while R foot goes up
- Arms: think L arm pulling a vertical rope down; think R arm comes up at same time as R foot
Different way to do a single salchow. Need to get the “crunch” on the R foot consistently. Then can try this as a double:
- Strong RFO edge
- Mohawk to LBI – but keep the R heel down so I get a “crunch” sound on the R foot
- LBI into salchow
Two new ways to transition into an Axel.
- RFI bracket (to LBO edge). Wait until L shoulder is forwards for take off
- (NEW as of today:) RFI counter (to LBI edge); change of edge to LBO – but keep the L knee and hip open
These are both fun and I get more rotation – past 1/4 under and often fully rotated.
Bit of an epiphany about keeping my L shoulder forward. So:
- Shoulder – keep L shoulder forward and keep it forward – I feel a tension in the back of the shoulder blade throughout the jump
- Head – i.e. neutral/right head position
- Edge – i.e. allow the LBI edge to develop
- Toe – take off from the L toe
- Kick/look – kick the R knee up while looking forward
- Under – get the R foot under the L foot
Lift the R foot and keep the R foot by the L knee while spinning. This helped me to be much more centred (probably because my R hip was therefore much higher).
Once I’ve ensured the R foot is by the L knee, then watch the hands and keep them level as I pull in.
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.