Skating Fridays

Don’t Stop Believing

Apologies to Journey, but I feel like their massively popular song title is appropriate for me this week. I am scheduled to skate at the Adult Sectionals competition tomorrow. It’s the marquee event for adult skaters who want to compete in the championship rounds at Adult Nationals.

Sadly, I am not skating at Adult Nationals this year. We have other personal trips planned and won’t be able to make the trip this time. Regardless, I am still entering the Championship Gold Ladies event at Sectionals. The top 4 qualify for the championship round at Adult Nationals, where the top 12 ladies will compete for the title of Championship Adult Gold Lady. It’s a big deal.

This year, there are 22 of us competing for a top 4 placement in my Sectional. While this can seem quite intimidating, I am doing my best to focus on myself. If I skate my best, I should get the scores that I want. I can’t control how others skate, so I need only to concentrate on doing what I can do.

Coach keeps telling me to rely on my training. I have the elements – I just need to be able to string it all together into a program and show the judges what I can do. Easier said than done, of course, but that is the mentality that I need to take.

And as several wise coaches have told me before, believe in yourself. It’s all about your attitude. If you honestly believe that you can do something, you will do it. Any ounce of doubt will throw you off so push those thoughts away.

Thank you all for believing in me. Now I just need to believe in myself and show everyone what I can do. I hope to share some good news with you next week. If you can’t wait until then or want to get some real-time updates, follow me on Facebook!


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