My day at Midwinter Warmup, hosted by the LA FSC, at the East-West Ice Palace in Artesia, CA.
I had practice ice at 7:15, and I was at the rink by 6:45. Checked in and then really had a lot of time to do nothing... I ate an apple and got my skates on. My practice ice went fine -- it was fairly full (about 16 skaters) but workable. I had my full costume on, but didn't bring any props except for my glasses. I warmed up my jumps and spins, then worked through some program chunks. Then I worked on putting the glasses on and skating into the spin, since that's the worst part of the program for me. I'm really glad I was in full costume, because in my practices lately I had adjusted the headband on the glasses to be smaller because it seemed too big. Well, it was big to fit over the wig! So I had to bring it out again. Good thing I didn't wait 'til the actual program! My practice went well and I got off the ice.
I realized during practice ice that the judges were not going to be left of center (as I face them) as they were at Autumn Antics, but on the other side (right of center). I decided to move the beginning (placement of table & props) to that side since it was important to be in front of the judges. I was a little concerned about making such a change at the last minute but my gut told me it would be okay and was the right thing to do. As it turned out, I had no problems with the adjustment at all and everything was fine.
After that I went and checked in, then brought all my props from the car and set them up and made sure everything was set. Then I killed some time until my event.
As it turned out, I was skating first. There were only 3 of us (myself, Melissa and Lory) as there was one skater who withdrew. We went out for warmup and things were fine, I was pretty warmed up from practice ice. Went off at the one-minute mark and prepped the table to move it on. Warmup was over, and I pushed the table through the door, then they called my name and I skated the table into position, took my pose and started!
Everything went really well. I felt pretty good. The spin was only like one rev but it seemed fairly upright so I guess that was enough. Timing was spot-on and I had a lot of fun with it. I finished and then I almost forgot to bow! Remembered at the last moment, bowed, grabbed my stuff and off I went.
Afterward I watched Melissa and Lory skate. Melissa's cat program was fun and whimsical, and Lory's program was disco if I recall correctly. When the results were posted, I was first! Wow! My first-ever first place in competition! I was blown away. Although if ever I had a program I thought would be a winner this would be it. We took our pictures and then I got out of my costume and put all my stuff away. I spent the rest of the day watching some great skating!
Tomorrow -- practice ice at 8:15 (how civilized!) and then my Dramatic program at 9:20.