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2022 Skating Goals Check-In

2022 goals

It’s June, which means that we’re halfway through the year, and it’s time to check in on my 2022 skating goals. Here we go!

  1. Continue working on skating skills. My goal was to keep working on Moves in the Field and get them test-ready by the end of 2022 (and possibly into 2023). When I checked in with my coach last week, she said that she believes they should be test-ready by December. In addition, my PCS improved dramatically this past competition season. In fact, I got a personal best of 17.65, which is 2-3 points higher than my previous average. Let’s hope this continues to climb.
  2. Strengthen my spins. This past competition season, I earned a few Level 3 change foot combination spins, which ended up being my highest-scoring element in my program. The most points I earned for it was 3.38. I wasn’t able to execute them as well towards the end of the season so I need to keep strengthening them.
  3. Fine-tune my mental game on my axels. I found a strategy that worked pretty well this season, as I landed 6 out of 10 axels in competition this past season. I hadn’t landed a clean (and by “clean,” I mean that it didn’t get double downgraded and successfully got called as an axel) jump since 2018. So landing 6 of these is HUGE. I’m going to keep employing the same mental strategy and hope that it continues to work into future competition seasons.
  4. Land more double jumps. I haven’t focused as much on these in the first half of the year since I was in competition mode. Now that I’m taking a break from running my program, I have more time to dedicate to this over the summer and into early fall.
  5. Properly execute a death spiral (pairs skating). My pairs partner and I are still trying to work on this together. With new boots and blades (for my partner), a different sheet of ice (that gets rough VERY quickly) and limited ice time, we haven’t had much success yet. Hopefully we will turn the corner soon and execute a correct one soon.

How are your skating goals coming along? Can you share any successes or are you running into hurdles?

4 Comments

  1. June 3, 2022 / 5:56 pm

    I really like your comment about the mental game (3)–it really will help with (1) as well. Looking good, Eva!

    • evabakes
      Author
      June 4, 2022 / 9:19 am

      The mental game is so important. I’m glad more athletes are paying attention to it these days. It’s a conversation that we all need to have!

  2. Lu Meyer
    June 4, 2022 / 10:09 am

    These are some lofty goals. I’m proud of you for having such a determined work ethic. Good luck with your wonderful skating.

    • evabakes
      Author
      June 5, 2022 / 7:15 am

      Thank you, Mom Lu! ❤️

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