Although I am in much better physical shape than I was December 31, 2011, I struggle immensely with the frustration of wanting to do so much more on the ice. It has been much harder than I imagined trying to reacquire the skating skills I had as a child.
Making progress figure skating requires perseverance at any age … much more so as an "older" adult. We lack the stamina, flexibility and strength and many of us are also dealing with sore joints and muscles, injuries and fear that is very hard to overcome.
In 2 years, I have taken 4 skating tests and skated in only *1 competition.
ADULT PRE BRONZE MIF (March 2012)
ADULT PRE BRONZE FREE SKATE (March 2012)
ADULT BRONZE MIF (Jun 2012)
*ADULT BRONZE FREE SKATE (Skated up = above my level) (July 2012)
ADULT BRONZE FREE SKATE (Oct 2013) It took a year and a half to get the nerve up for this
* I was the only adult competitor in my category so it felt more like an exhibition -
This was my last practice of the year ….
Great job on everything! We adult skaters must stick together!!! And thanks for the music: The Scarlet Pimpernel by Frank Wildhorn and Nan Knighton. Lovely!!ReplyDelete