Thursday, July 5, 2012

Competition Schedule Posted

Now I ask you.  Does this make any sense whatsoever?  Note the time of my paid practice ice and the time of my scheduled event.

Schedule -- Diane Rudnick
Saturday, July 14, 2012
7:40 AMPractice-ice (Practice) - Mixed AEagles
3:50 PMFree Skate (6.0), Adult Bronze (Ladies)Eagles

I am sure they have a good reason for not putting me on any of the other practice sessions.  Namely at 12:35 p.m.  or 10:20 a.m. or 8:10 a.m.  It says I am in "Mixed A" group.  There is also a B and a C and D group.  Maybe it has to do with skating levels.  I know I paid for this practice session, but I will do much better if I sleep in, eat a good breakfast, relax in my hot tub and then go skate for an hour at another rink from from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.  It's only 1/2 hour from my house and I will be much more warmed up.

I somehow managed to contract another cold or maybe the last one never left and was just festering within me.  For the past 2 days I have been drinking hot tea and honey, taking Benadryl and going through 2 boxes of Kleenex.  << How's that for product placement?  Aaaaachoooooo.

 I thought skating would help.  I felt pretty ragged out there today.  Kept the jumps to a minimum and tried working on some spins and pivots and connecting steps for my STILL UNFINISHED PROGRAM!!!

My coach should be back in town and I hope she can schedule me for a really long lesson or two before next Saturday .... it's my only hope.


  1. Oh that is awful! But typical.

    I always forgo practice ice at competitions. I find it to be way over priced, and often insane (the last competition I was at there were so many people on practice ice it was like a Christmas public session, except people were trying to jump. Most adults who had signed up 'donated' their time to kids- as it wasn't worth getting on the ice.)

    Good luck at the competition.

  2. Chalk it up to a first experience. Fortunately there is another rink at a nearby university and I will be able to go skate there first. Thanks!

  3. Unfortunately this is fairly typical. I've seen 5 and 5:30am practice ice sessions! I no longer pre-pay for practice ice for this reason, and if I have another rink I can skate at that day even for 20 minutes, I don't buy practice ice at all. One time my choice of practice ice was 6am and my event was later that evening, 6:30pm. Sleep was definitely a better choice. The few times I have paid for practice ice, I've had the same experience as Jessim, where the practice ice was crammed full of stressed-out skaters trying jumps with a pile of coaches all screaming at them from the boards. And I'm a CW skater - fun. After surviving a practice ice session like that, the actual event was a piece of cake. Glad you have another option where you can skate around a bit first. Good luck! It will be over soon, and you'll be so glad you did it afterwards.

  4. You are a really good skater. You can tell that you were a child skater (nice edges). We are at very similar levels. I have been back a little long than you, 1 1/2 years. I took a 28 year break and am back at the age of 45. I just competed in my first ISI competition. I did really well, but was so nervous. What level did you get up to when you where a kid? How long did you skate? I don't get to practice as much as I like, but I have set some new goals. I am inspired watching you and your progress. I worked on my backspin today. It is getting there, but it is tough to get back. Thanks for this great video blog.
    I might just have to start one.

    Linda Shroll

  5. Thank you, click the link at the top of my blog that says "A Little About Me and My Figure Skating History"



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