Last week I ended with a challenge to share how you coped with all those irrational thoughts that coursed through your brains while waiting for your moment in the sun as a competitive adult ice skater.
I received some great practical advice from Kerry:
“I prepare for skating as much as possible. I try to do run throughs of a program or test for a month before I step on the ice. I learn what is an issue, what isn’t, and try to learn as much as I can during practice.
At competition or testing, I try to remember that no one else in the entire rink is nervous about me skating. The spectators, judges, and my coach want me to give them a performance. They are rooting for me. I concentrate on the first few moves, and then focus in on the music. I don’t remember much after that.
I do have a few “superstitions” that I do. First, I jokingly ask a really good skater to skate my routine. Second, I like to skate a half circle of crossovers before going to my starting spot. That helps me feel the ice one last time. Third, I try to laugh a little right before the music. Because, you can’t be nervous if you laugh.”
Cathy was more philosophical, questioning one’s sanity apparently just goes with the territory when you are an adult figure skater;
“I completely agree with you Lori! After countless competitions in Canada the US and Europe, I will still, minutes before the warm up when all the skaters in my group are jockeying for position at the gate, ask myself why the hell I signed up for this!!”
And then there’s Betsy, who despite the possibility of surgery, has no intention of quitting, I think she has the makings of a d**m good pairs skater! Those girls are fearless!
“I just started skating again after a 30+ year hiatus. I’m 42. All has been going great, until this past Saturday when I fell hard and injured my shoulder, and now I’m facing a possible ruptured rotator cuff tendon and surgery. Yikes! Skating is a dangerous (and expensive) hobby. But once I’m healed I’m not going to give it up. I’ll just take it more slowly.”
So, it seems that when you are and adult ice skating competitor, you should have the following items in your skate bag: your own personal rituals/warm-up routines, comfort with your level of insanity and a heck of a lot of grit!
As of this date, Canadian and American adult ice skaters are preparing for their national events and many more adult skaters are preparing for the International Adult Figure Skating Competition in Oberstdorf. Let’s celebrate the fact that we are all, a)Looney Tunes and at the same time b)tough as nails.
And let’s all wish Betsy a speedy recovery!