One of my long-term skating goals is to compete at Adult Nationals. This is an open event that anybody can skate in. Unless, of course, you want to skate in what they deem as the "championship" events. For those, skaters have to compete in their respective sectional (regional) events, and the top 4 from each region get to skate at the championship event.
Since I just passed my Adult Gold freestyle, I don't have time to prep for sectionals, which is being held in March. Instead, I will be spending the next weeks/months altering my program to make it IJS-ready. Maybe next year or the year after I will try to compete at Sectionals, but for now, I am just honored to be skating in Adult Gold.
This year, my plan is to enter the open Gold Freestyle and Gold Dramatic events at Adult Nationals. I'm pretty sure if I had to qualify for these, I would not have made the cut since I am new to this level.
Adult Nationals is in Boston this year, and I can't wait to go. My skating friend K will be joining me, and she will be entering her level's Freestyle and Dramatic events as well. Time to start training!