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.