Skating Fridays

Opting Out

In the winter, there is typically an all-adult competition that I enter. It’s a great warm-up and precursor for Adult Sectionals in March. I usually enjoy going for the camaraderie and opportunity to skate my program in front of the judges.

This year, I have elected not to compete.

I have too much on my plate, and I don’t need the added stress. Despite friends pushing me and trying to convince me to go, I decided to focus on other things. There are a few personal stressors in my life that are distracting me. If I had opted to compete, my mind would not have been fully there.

Plus, one event costs something crazy like $170, so it’s not worth it to me at this time.

I’m going to focus on settling my mind and redirecting my energy towards Sectionals next month.


  1. babbette duboise
    January 27, 2019 / 4:05 pm

    Hope you have the time to keep up with pairs.!

    • evabakes
      January 27, 2019 / 6:30 pm

      I hope so too. It’s really fun but our practice time is limited with all that’s going on in our lives!

  2. February 1, 2019 / 11:28 am

    Eva, you are wise to decide that another competition is just too much. I’ve always thought that one of the main differences between adult and child skaters (besides their enviably-young bodies) is that for kids, someone else is taking care of life details. I hope things settle down and that skating provides a much-needed break from other worries in life. Take care!

    • evabakes
      February 1, 2019 / 2:22 pm

      My brain just can’t handle everything that’s going on right now. Adulting is hard! I’m glad I made this decision, but I will certainly miss being with my friends. Thankfully, I’ll see most of them in another month for Sectionals.

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