Skating Fridays

Obligatory Fall… Check!

I don’t know what it is about me, but I always, always fall before a competition or a test.  I’m not sure if it’s because I’m not paying attention to where I’m going, or if it’s my body’s way of getting out the jitters, but I am guaranteed to fall before a test or a competition. I have a 100% fall rate for these things.

What do I fall on? Usually silly things. Once I fell while gliding on two feet – I tripped in a crater that a high level freestyle skater left from a double or triple jump.  And I can’t tell you how many times I’ve fallen on mohawks before a test.

This time? Well, this fall was a bit more glamorous, I suppose. Earlier in the week, I was getting ready to jump into my axel when I (correctly) hit my toe pick but didn’t take off. Instead, I tripped and fell completely forward on both knees. It hurt. Now I have some lovely bruises that perfectly match my purple skating dress. Thank goodness for skating tights, since those should cover up my injuries quite nicely.

Now that the fall is out of the way, I can breathe again. All is well with the world because I have taken my obligatory fall. Hopefully this means that I have met my quota for falling and that I will have a clean skate for both my Freestyle and Dramatic programs next month at Nationals.

Gotta watch out for those pesky mohawks…


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