I discussed it with my coach and she thought it was a good idea. Not from a competition standpoint, but from a shake-the-nerves standpoint.
My goal is to be able to go to Adult Nationals next April with a solid Adult Bronze program. Between now and then I need to get in plenty of practice and actually get used to going to a competition.
Adult skating in my area is pretty quiet. I don't expect to see many (if any) other competitors in July at the Bronze Level, especially in my age category (IV) 50-59. So I will be competing for the sake of competing; skating to music, choreographed with required elements with a few people watching and of course, judges critiquing.
The video I shot yesterday starts with a few practice spins of my backspin (which is why I didn't want to test my Bronze Freeskate yet... It's not consistent yet). Then you will see 1:44 seconds of my 1:50 music poorly skated in a rough outline of my program. Ok, the cat is out of the bag. I'm skating to the piano rendition of the them from Schindler's List. I may switch it over to the violin version before next year if I get stronger.
I am pretty "old school" when it comes to what music I like to see people skate to and now ... perform to. USFSA will allow you to skate to music with lyrics, but it's not for me. I like mostly classical style music or soundtracks, themes, etc. I know a lot of adult skaters enjoy putting on some wild costumes and skating in other events like Dramatic and Light Entertainment. I won't say never, but right now all I can focus on is completing my first program with required elements cleanly.
Adult Bronze Requirement for the Freeskate are:
1. At least three different single jumps of which one must be a Salchow and one must be a toe loop
2. One jump combination consisting of a waltz jump and a toe loop (no turn
or change of foot between jumps)
1. One-foot upright spin (minimum four revolutions in position)
2. One-foot backspin, entry optional (minimum three revolutions in position)
3. Sit spin (minimum three revolutions in position)
1. Connecting moves, steps and edges throughout the program