Don't you love it when a good plan turns out the way you planned it? Keep practicing your "bail out" techinques. You save your bird but more importantly, you save yourself and the folks watching.
I bring the heli back home in one perfect piece. I will keep on practising the entry and exit until they become my comfort zone.
Give 'em hell
and even though the sim seems unimportant for this maneuver now, please keep using the sim and practicing inverted hover. Whether you realize it or not, your sim time makes the difference. You soon will be completing the move as quickly as the sim practice, and each time you gain more confidence.
Have a great day!