2022 Skating Goals Check-In
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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?