Skating blues go away, please

Skating blues go away, please

Post by J S & » Sat, 24 Apr 1999 04:00:00


Ever since competing at *** Nationals this year, any and all desire
to skate has gone out the window. How, after two years of skating
sometimes twice a day, every day, can this possibly happen?  I used to
love going to public sessions just for fun and to show off my new
skills and suddenly, it's like I can't even lace up without feeling
somewhat uninterested.  Skating was the very thing that kept me sane,
giving me something to look forward to, whether it be another private
lesson or a new class or even new skating clothes!  It was everything
that gave me joy for two wonderful years and suddenly, nothing.
     I skated the best I ever have at AN, placing 5th in my flight of
16 in the Ladies Interp.I   but I've since told my coach I'm going to
put skating on hold for a while... and I don't know why, really.  I
mean, it's a huge  financial drain, and my sprained knee doesn't want
to heal, and I've developed a fear of my flip, but this never hindered
me before... I just kept going and going no matter what.  I know I
might be a bit overwhelmed, but I'm scared that what skating meant for
me before *** Nationals, and what it means to me now are vastly
different.  
Maybe I just need to rest. Anyway, just needed to vent. I know some of
you have been there.
Thanks
CC
 
 
 

Skating blues go away, please

Post by Isiaf » Sun, 25 Apr 1999 04:00:00

Quote:

>Ever since competing at *** Nationals this year, any and all desire
>to skate has gone out the window.

Been there, done that.  I had quite a bit of success as a gymnasts and coach.
Yet, I remember once standing at the top of the awards stand, and I just didn't
enoy it very much. In fact, I did not like it at all. I looked at the people
clapping for me, and I don't know why, but it sucked.  The final straw came as
after quite a bit of success as a coach, I looked around the gym at a major
competition.  I thought of what it would take to win again and how I would
feel.  My main thought was, "So?"   I realized that it wasn't the meets but the
practices and the success of conqueroring new skills that I enjoyed.

So that is one reason I have zero interest in competitive skating.

Now as for your situation, I would guess that it could be a number of reasons
for your feelings.  My suggestion would be to expand your backyard and try new
stuff.  I did this coming from gymnastics and have been greatly rewarded by
skating.  You may be able to find something else that works for you.  At some
point you may reset an enjoyable approach to skating too.

BG - postponed "Lefty"

 
 
 

Skating blues go away, please

Post by Cheriw » Sun, 25 Apr 1999 04:00:00

Quote:

>Ever since competing at *** Nationals this year, any and all desire
>to skate has gone out the window.

 and also

Quote:
> I used to
>love going to public sessions just for fun and to show off my new
>skills and suddenly, it's like I can't even lace up without feeling
>somewhat uninterested.

I can think of several factors that might be in play here.

One, you've achieved a big goal and are experiencing a letdown afterwards. I've
heard that Olympic competitors often get depressed after the Olympics; they've
achieved what they've been aiming for virtually all their life, and now what?
(Plus, often the experience doesn't quite live up to what they had imagined it
would.)

Two, *** Nationals might be a watershed event for you in the way you think
about yourself.  A few months ago I passed my first USFSA tests.  Prior to the
tests, I thought of myself as an advanced beginner; afterwards, I was *still* a
beginner, but I certainly didn't feel all that advanced.  Sure, I was better
than the typical skater at a public session, but I wasn't very good compared to
the typical USFSA-test skater!

All in all, I felt very discouraged and letdown after the tests.  I had lost
one goal and the next one seemed too far away to be real. Plus I was frightened
that I'd never make the progress I'd made as a rank beginner, that I was going
to plateau at Prepreliminary!  (And my response to an ongoing fearful situation
is apathy and annoyance.)

This lasted for a few weeks, then I started to make noticeable progress on my
spins, and I made a few discoveries that tweaked this or that element into
being just a little bit better.  Now the prospect of meeting my next set of
goals is happening sooner than expected.

I've fallen in love again with skating, but it's not a crazy, infatuation-type
thing.  It's more of a steady, we're-in-this-for-the-long-haul kind of thing.
(And while before I knew it intellectually, I really understand what that
commitment means now.)

Perhaps this is what's happening with you.  If it is, then taking a break might
be a good thing, but getting back on the ice and skating will help too.  

Good luck,
---Cherie

 
 
 

Skating blues go away, please

Post by Kitty Bouque » Sun, 25 Apr 1999 04:00:00


Quote:
>Ever since competing at *** Nationals this year, any and all desire
>to skate has gone out the window. How, after two years of skating
>sometimes twice a day, every day, can this possibly happen

Here's my humble opinion. Personally, I never competed for the very reason
you are describing. As an ***, i have other commitments beyond skating.
Competition was one more stress in my life that I did not need. For me,
skating had to be pure pleasure. If it became burdensome, I was defeating my
own purpsoe. i am not telling you not to compete. Ask yourself why are you
competing (why are you skating, for that matter). If you love to compete, do
it. If you feel bummed out because you didn't compete as well as you hoped,
consider how this affects your skating overall. it sounds like you are
turned off. I hope you can shed this! Go to the rink and forget about
comparing yourself to anyone! Skate for the original reasons you had to
taking up skating. Feel proud of what you can do and enjoy your abilities.

BTW, it took me 3 years to learn the flip. i was disgusted! I now have a
very strong flip. Don't lose faith in yourself.

Best wishes and keep skating!

Kitty

 
 
 

Skating blues go away, please

Post by JMDJEAN » Sun, 25 Apr 1999 04:00:00

Take some time off!  Pick up another sport,
there's more to life than just skating... who knows,
maybe after your away from it, you'll want to come
back.  

Jeanne

 
 
 

Skating blues go away, please

Post by Annabel Smyt » Sun, 25 Apr 1999 04:00:00


Quote:
>Ever since competing at *** Nationals this year, any and all desire
>to skate has gone out the window. How, after two years of skating
>sometimes twice a day, every day, can this possibly happen?  I used to
>love going to public sessions just for fun and to show off my new
>skills and suddenly, it's like I can't even lace up without feeling
>somewhat uninterested.  Skating was the very thing that kept me sane,
>giving me something to look forward to, whether it be another private
>lesson or a new class or even new skating clothes!  It was everything
>that gave me joy for two wonderful years and suddenly, nothing.

I wonder whether the problem is you have no more goals.
You obviously did wonderfully well at *** Nationals, and
now what?   And you obviously worked really hard, and each
session had its own priorities for practice, and when you
used the music, and what you ran-through, and all that.
Now, when you arrive at the rink, what do you do?  

The only solution, other than taking the summer off and
starting again in September (which would not be a bad idea!
You might well start missing it by then), is to set goals.  Do
you learn dance?  Have you tested Moves in the Field?  Are
there any other competitions coming up you could be part
of?  What about testing up, or not this year?

The other thing to think of is if you don't skate, what sort of
exercise will you take instead?
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Skating blues go away, please

Post by Wendi Dunlap-Simps » Tue, 27 Apr 1999 04:00:00



Quote:
> Ever since competing at *** Nationals this year, any and all desire
> to skate has gone out the window. How, after two years of skating
> sometimes twice a day, every day, can this possibly happen?

That happened to me after skating at AN last year.

Quote:
>      I skated the best I ever have at AN, placing 5th in my flight of
> 16 in the Ladies Interp.I   but I've since told my coach I'm going to
> put skating on hold for a while... and I don't know why, really.  I
> mean, it's a huge  financial drain, and my sprained knee doesn't want
> to heal, and I've developed a fear of my flip, but this never hindered
> me before... I just kept going and going no matter what.  I know I
> might be a bit overwhelmed, but I'm scared that what skating meant for
> me before *** Nationals, and what it means to me now are vastly
> different.  
> Maybe I just need to rest. Anyway, just needed to vent. I know some of
> you have been there.

Well, my reason for losing motivation might be different from yours... I
skated terribly at AN last year and for various reasons, didn't enjoy the
competition much. (I finished exactly where I expected to, though, so it's
not that my finish bummed me out, really.) Since returning I just haven't
had the motivation to skate much at all. Once I get to the rink and get on
the ice I have a good time, but when I'm not on the ice I don't look
forward to it like I used to. I tried taking time off and it didn't help.
Now I am skating regularly, but I feel like it's an obligation.

My skating is progressing, so it's not that either... I don't know what it is.

In your case, it may just be the letdown from having finished something
you looked forward to for a long time, and taking some time off might be
good. It didn't work for me, but it might for you. :)

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Skating blues go away, please

Post by 102052,2.. » Tue, 27 Apr 1999 04:00:00

Look deep down and ask yourself, "do you still love skating?"  If
you do, you'll get past this phase.  I've experienced the post-competition

drain before too.  It feels like you work so incredibly hard leading up
to the competition and when its over, it's really hard to get yourself
back into the groove.  My suggestion is to take it easy for the next
few weeks.  Hang around your friends at the rink and have a good
time.  My friends and I sometimes play these really dorky games
like "let's see who can get down lowest in their sit spin" or "let's
show each other our miserable backspins".  It's quite a riot to watch.
During the sit spin contest, we usually end up on our butts laughing
our heads off.   Once you get the joy of skating back, set new goals
for yourself to work towards.

By the way, congratulations on *** Nationals.  Some of us
couldn't even qualify for it this year :)


Quote:
> Ever since competing at *** Nationals this year, any and all desire
> to skate has gone out the window. How, after two years of skating
> sometimes twice a day, every day, can this possibly happen?  I used to
> love going to public sessions just for fun and to show off my new
> skills and suddenly, it's like I can't even lace up without feeling
> somewhat uninterested.  Skating was the very thing that kept me sane,
> giving me something to look forward to, whether it be another private
> lesson or a new class or even new skating clothes!  It was everything
> that gave me joy for two wonderful years and suddenly, nothing.
>      I skated the best I ever have at AN, placing 5th in my flight of
> 16 in the Ladies Interp.I   but I've since told my coach I'm going to
> put skating on hold for a while... and I don't know why, really.  I
> mean, it's a huge  financial drain, and my sprained knee doesn't want
> to heal, and I've developed a fear of my flip, but this never hindered
> me before... I just kept going and going no matter what.  I know I
> might be a bit overwhelmed, but I'm scared that what skating meant for
> me before *** Nationals, and what it means to me now are vastly
> different.
> Maybe I just need to rest. Anyway, just needed to vent. I know some of
> you have been there.
> Thanks
> CC

 
 
 

Skating blues go away, please

Post by waihw.. » Thu, 29 Apr 1999 04:00:00



Quote:
> Take some time off!  Pick up another sport,
> there's more to life than just skating... who knows,
> maybe after your away from it, you'll want to come
> back.

Yeah, try inlines. Some people advise against it. But IMO, it's worth it. :)

I was kind of turned off once when during one session, I suddenly couldn't do
anything right. Everything went wrong, not a single jump or spin.

Then I took some time off.... and it all came back.

Perhaps ice skating has taken up too much of your life... u're suffering from
an overdose ?

Quote:
> Jeanne

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Skating blues go away, please

Post by Wendi Dunlap-Simps » Thu, 29 Apr 1999 04:00:00

Quote:

> I was kind of turned off once when during one session, I suddenly couldn't do
> anything right. Everything went wrong, not a single jump or spin.

That happened to me once... and a couple of days later I came down with a
virus. I think I already had the bug, and my sense of balance knew it
before the rest of me did. (This isn't unusual -- my skating often gets
really bad right before I come down with a cold.)

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Skating blues go away, please

Post by JMDJEAN » Thu, 29 Apr 1999 04:00:00

Quote:
>> there's more to life than just skating...

I can't believe I said that!  I actually feel
sorry for people who *don't* skate!  :>)

Jeanne