My first REAL axel
I landed my first axel at age 30. Now when I say "axel," I want to be clear and explain that I landed an "adult" axel. What's the difference between a real axel and an adult one, you ask? Well, in a real axel, the free leg is completely crossed over the landing leg, with ankle contact, like this:
I have done countless exercises and drills to address this error. I could execute all the drills with no problem. But, when it came time to actually incorporate it into the jump, my body would revert back to the stork leg. It was so incredibly frustrating.
I had a breakthrough recently. In fact, this happened in my lesson the day after I returned from the Grassroots to Champions seminar I attended. Although my attempts during the seminar were unsuccessful, the axels I tried the following day were correct.
My coach recorded these during my lesson. She and I both squealed like little girls when she and I both realized that I finally landed an axel with my legs crossed. I jumped up and down and started clapping my hands. Then I tried it again to make sure it wasn't a fluke, and the subsequent jumps were also correct. Take a look:
After I analyzed (and re-analyzed) the video, I saw that the landing was fully clean too boot! I am thrilled that after years and years of countless drills, exercises and visualization, I finally got it! Now let's hope that I maintain these and build that muscle memory so the stork leg goes away permanently.
Time to celebrate!