After reading Akira Andrea's post I think Suguri's perspective is realistic except for her continuing to compete in Olympic eligible competition. She seems to be beating herself up unnecessarily by continuing to compete against teenagers who have more stamina. Why not compete at adult masters against former elites like Ito? She recognizes that at this point she is not going to learn harder tricks, but how is she going to achieve her goal of refining her skating when she is struggling to keep up with the ever increasing technical requirements of Olympic eligible skating?
I think that Olympic eligible skating has always been the standard and she is afraid to let it go. Otherwise she seems to be realistic. She has completed her education and she has a full-time job. She is realistic about what she can do physically as a skater as she ages.