Recap from Adult Nationals - Part 3 of 3After my Freestyle event, I had a dramatic event the following day. I signed up to practice the day of so I would have a chance to properly warm up before the event. The practice ice that I signed up for said it was available for Gold, Championship Gold and above. Or so I thought.
When I arrived at the practice rink, I noticed that I was the only one who wasn't skating in a championship event. I probably read the description wrong and accidentally signed up for a practice time that I wasn't supposed to. Oops.
|At morning practice with a beautiful mountain backdrop|
I am actually glad that I made that mistake because I met some wonderful skaters there. One of the men was skating in the Championship Gold Men event, and three ladies were competing in the Championship Gold Ladies event. I had already met one of the 3 ladies, so it was very cool to meet the other two (both of them medaled by the way, and one of them ending up becoming the Ladies' Champion!).
I ended practice feeling really motivated and inspired. My event wasn't until later that evening, so I had a full day to prepare.
I didn't really know anybody from my event, so I introduced myself to the other skaters. Four men were skating against me. I was 8th to skate out of 12.
As I did in previous competitions, I looked up towards the heavens and talked to my recently departed family and friends. When I took the ice, it felt like an out of body experience. I focused on connecting to the music and just letting my legs and body go on autopilot.
I didn't land the axel at the end, but the rest of the program felt good. After watching the rest of the competitors, I had no idea how I would place. I mean, there were 12 of us, so I could end up last like I did the previous year.
To my surprise, I tied for 4th! And because of the tiebreak, I dropped down to 5th. Medals are awarded to the top 4, so I was *thisclose* to earning my first national medal. Rather than be bummed about this, I was ecstatic because I made so many improvements from 2014 in this event. I moved up from last to tied for 4th!
|Skating to Sarah McLachlan's "Angel"|
I'm not sure how long I'll keep this program. While it seems to resonate well with the audience and somewhat with the judges, I may retire it and try something completely new. Who knows?