Adult Sectionals Recap, Part 1
Last weekend, I traveled to compete at my adult sectionals event. We arrived the evening before two of my events. The first day, I was scheduled to skate in both the Dramatic Entertainment and Championship Gold Ladies events. My two events were only separated by about an hour, so I didn’t have a lot of time in between.
My Dramatic Event was first, and I was 3rd to skate. Honestly, I didn’t care about how I ended up in the results because this particular program was for my mom. I skated to “Rise Up” by Andra Day, and I dedicated this to her. I’m not going to get into details on this right now but just know that I skated with a lot of emotion, and that’s all that mattered to me. I ended up 5th out of 6.
I drew the last slot in the Championship event, so I was the 22nd skater out of 22. That was a looooong wait. To make matters worse, the Zamboni had issues so the event ran 45 minutes late. That meant that I was at the rink for an additional 45 minutes before I was scheduled to go out there.
I did not skate well. I could tell you all the reasons why I didn’t, but then I’d be making up excuses. The bottom line is that my body just did not cooperate. My mind was good, and I was in the zone and skating in the moment, but for some reason, I just could not execute and do my job.
Two very funny things happened during my performance. The first was that I got so discombobulated out of my opening spin that I went the wrong direction after I came out of the spin. I skated a third of my program going the wrong direction. The second thing was that after my second spin, I went the wrong direction AGAIN so I actually ended up skating in the correct way for the last third of the program. Two wrongs = right. Yup, I somehow flipped my program around TWICE.
At the end of the day, I came in 16th place. Again, my body just did not execute as it normally has so something was just off. Had I actually performed like I normally do, I would have ended up 7th or 8th.
It just was not my day. I was hoping to redeem myself in the open Gold freestyle event two days later. I will recap that next week.