A while ago, Cinderella asked me to keep her advised of my quest for doubles. Well, I haven't done a whole lot in the last year, due to injury and working on Intermediate MIF's. I did get my 2toe fully rotated this past summer, but wasn't close to actually landing it.
Well, today in my lesson we started working on them again. We did the 2sal first. To back up, lately my axels have been doing very well, because I kind of zone going into them - the stress is gone and the jump has become smooth and relaxed. Well, my first two 2sal attempts were fully rotated and actually briefly landed on the correct foot (one step down with the other foot, and one fall). Both jumps were easy - not easy as in effortless, but easy as in relaxed. I just let my body do the jump instead of letting my mind take over. Then I started stressing a bit and they were popped. We left them (smart move). The 2toe, by contrast, felt stressed and difficult. It was close to rotated, but did not have that ease of feeling. The 2loop was the same (except it was not close to rotated).
So, my question is -- do you get into a zone with your jumps? Is it a matter of "mind over matter", where you refuse to let your mind screw up the jump, or is it repetition that is what does the trick (ie were my 2sals today a fluke)? I'm leaning to just telling my brain to shut the heck up and just feeling the jumps.