Skating Fridays

So Tired

I had a grueling lesson last week. My coach was working me like I was training for a marathon. We worked on several edge exercises, power drills, and then ran through parts of my program. After my lesson ended, I went to take off my skates. One of the skating moms and one of the coaches both said to me, “Wow. Your coach was really working you today! I don’t know how you do it.”

I told them that my lesson that morning was particularly exhausting because I had taught Learn to Skate the night before, had allergies (and therefore couldn’t breathe) and had a really chaotic week at work. In other words, I was exhausted. I was just about ready to keel over on the floor.

Just as I was getting ready to catch my breath, my coach tells me, “Next week, I want you do a full program run-through, then immediately follow up with the entire second half of your program. All elements.”

When I told my skating friend about my upcoming lesson, she half-jokingly asked, “What competition is this for?” I told her it was for my “Coach’s Open,” of which I am the only competitor for.

Wish me luck today.


  1. June 14, 2019 / 3:43 pm

    Love the cute picture of the tired puppy! I noticed you said “power drills” were in the middle of your lesson, which means that you had to do the program elements when you were already tired. Your coach must really be pushing for building stamina, which never happens unless they crack the whip. You’re going to be in even more amazing shape!

    • evabakes
      June 14, 2019 / 5:08 pm

      I just got diagnosed with bronchitis so that might also explain why I was so dead tired after my lesson! I literally couldn’t breathe!

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