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Journal-January 5, 2014

Hello everyone!

I’m writing you a last minute journal update before I head out for Boston. I hope you guys all had a fantastic Christmas and a wonderful start to your new year. Gosh, each time I write a journal entry I promise that I’m going to be better about writing, but now that I look back, I haven’t written since August. Tsk tsk… Okay, here we go!

Since we last spoke, I was assigned to and competing at the U.S. International Classic in Salt Lake City. I was a very last-minute replacement for Evan Lysacek. The competition didn’t go quite as I had hoped. I was having a lot of boot issues and the heel of my boot was actually coming apart. Mr. Kwan had to put in 3 screws through the inside into my heel in order for it to stay relatively connected. Needless to say, I wasn’t able to perform up to the new standard I have set for myself this season. Fourth place wasn’t bad, but not what I wanted. When I got back home, I immediately went to work to break in my new skates. Easterns was still two months away and I was determined to get back into proper form.

At Southwest Pacific Regionals, all of my training mates had really solid showings. Nearly all of them moved on to Pacific Coast Sectionals. After sitting down and talking with Karen and Peter, we decided that I was in a good enough place to take myself through sectionals in Virginia. Now, I had put myself out for competition before — once at Collegiate Nationals in 2011 and once last season at my home club’s Middle Atlantics comp. in New York City — but I had never coached myself through such an important event. However, I decided to trust my coaches and become as prepared as possible, so I could do the work at competition by myself.

Sectionals went pretty close to as well as I wanted it to. My short program wasn’t perfect, but I managed to hit the quad toe and stand up on the triple axel. I finished in 3rd place, but with less than 2 points to first place. In my long, I stayed super-focused and knew that I was capable of pulling up. I had a really nice quad toe-double toe combination, but then made two silly mistakes, doubling a planned triple toe and singling my triple axel. I made myself calm down, re-focused, and hit every other element after that. My long program score was my highest of the season so far! I pulled up to win the long and finish second overall in a nearly three-way tie for first. As bummed as I was to not win overall, it was really cool to have Tim Dolensky, Stephen Carriere, and myself all be within less than a point of one another. I think it is going to give all three of us a lot of confidence headed into Nationals this upcoming week.

So now that I’ve finished updating you all on the past few months, let’s focus on the future. I’m really looking forward to Nationals this year. It’s the first time since 2010 that I really feel prepared for Nationals. Usually, I peak in the summer, but Peter, Karen, and I have made sure to periodize my training this year and I’m ready to go!

Okay, that’s all for now. I’m hoping to see some of you in Boston this week! God bless!