Bronze Moves Critique
The plan, as I understood it, was that I would skate the 7:30 a.m. FS and we would have our usual lesson at 7:45 a.m., then have the critique at 8:15. Unfortunately there was a miscommunication and JJ thought we were just having the critique, no lesson. So I got on the ice at 7:30 and warmed up, etc. and.. no coach. JJ got there about 8 a.m. so we worked for 15 minutes on the moves (basically ran the test), then started the critique about 8:17 or so. Unfortunately the miscommunication etc. really frazzled me and I was just really upset and anxious and not at all in a good frame of mind to be doing a critique. Oh well.
Here's the feedback I got (Judge's notes in bold and my comments following):
- Perimeter power stroking -- fwd want to see more pwr; could push extension more; bk - should hold edges longer after push - correct edges on both. I was really pleased with how these went, actually. If I have to get more power on the FXOs I will have to really bend my knees and dig in more. I didn't think I had particularly good crossovers but I guess they were good enough.
- Forward power 3-turns -- don't hold bkwd position so long after 3; entry & exit edges on 3s should be held longer, correct edges! These went reasonably okay from my perspective. I was pleased that he noted my edges were correct. In general I think he's exactly right. I'm pleased that he didn't say I was too slow or needed more power, so that is something.
- Alternating back crossovers to back outside edges -- flow good - even; need to push extension more; correct edges; crossovers scratchy. I was happy with how these went as well. I guess I do need to work on the BXOs (everywhere not just here).
- forward circle 8 -- foot down on left outside; all edges and flow were very good. Agh!!! I did indeed put my foot down. Argh. I did it in my lesson as well. I just didn't have a good body position and couldn't hold the edge. I ascribe it to being flustered and upset as it only takes a little bit of lack of focus to screw these up. Geez.
- five-step mohawk sequence -- mohawks could be smoother; 2 foot glides between steps 4 & 5; timing good/consistent; edges good and correct. Considering how badly my mohawks generally are I was pleased with this. The 2-foot glide thing was kind of news to me (so yay for having a critique!).