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Skate Nashville was fun. I actually had competition in the freeskate. There were enough adults that it wasn't just me in my division!

This means I came in last out of the four of us, but I was expecting that as I knew at least two of the three had more difficult jumps than I do. Oh, well. (One of the five judges had me third, which was heartening.) I was uncontested in the compulsory moves event, which was fun to prepare for because the compulsory moves this year were all things I enjoy and am good at, but was over so quickly that I don't know if I'll do it again in August.

I bought the professional action shots a photo company was making of everyone, so here are some selected photos.

The opening of my October Sky freeskate Winding up for a camel spin Starting the footwork sequence I have discovered anti-gravity!  Nope, just a spread eagle. Landing the final jump of my three-jump combo
Sit spin (perching on a barstool spin?) Coming out of the sit spin Compulsory Moves - Spiral Entering a sit spin I saw the photographer at the end. :)

I don't think I'll be trying to do an out of town work conference and a skating competition in the same week again, though. That was very stressful and tiring. (And, unfortunately, this conference next year is going to be Thursday-Saturday instead of Wednesday-Friday, so I really couldn't do both. I'm hoping we'll get a budget from NIH someday soon--thanks, Trump!--and will get to hire someone, and that person can go next year, but I should probably be thinking about a poster I can present, since they have a section for training and educational support posters, and that would get me closer to the quasi-faculty position my boss and I want me to move into someday.)

In fact, it was so stressful that I'm pretty sure it's set off another arthritis flare. I have a previously-scheduled rheumatologist appointment tomorrow, though, so at least relief is in the near future.

Date: 2017-04-23 11:39 pm (UTC)
jae: (Default)
From: [personal profile] jae
I don't know enough about skating to judge poise or technique or anything, but you look GREAT! :D

-J

Date: 2017-04-24 01:11 am (UTC)
rivendellrose: (Flapper)
From: [personal profile] rivendellrose
Eee, you look fantastic! I'm so sorry to hear about all the stress and the arthritis flare, though. Everybody in every field seems to be having trouble with that right now. :(

(Random idea I thought of while I was looking through the pics: I don't know whether it's something you'd even want, but I'm pretty sure I could photoshop your knee braces out of at least some if not all of these shots, if that was something you'd be interested in.)

Date: 2017-04-26 02:24 am (UTC)
rivendellrose: (bleeding heart)
From: [personal profile] rivendellrose
Hooray! I hope the steroids do the trick. ♥

(They do! I just had to offer, in case. XD)

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