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    On the Ice
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    Driven!

    Aaaaaarrrrrrg!!!

    I am SO frustrated with myself! Since coming back to skating a month ago (after a LONG absence) I have been relatively pleased with my progress (for an over-weight, out of shape, 56 year old). With about 17 hours on ice, I had all my forward edges come back during Tuesday's session and IT FELT SOOOOO GOOD!!! I actually felt like a skater again and spent the last half of that session doing scallops and 8s on all 4 forward edges and absolutely revelling in it.

    Friday night I didn't sleep worth $#^*@#, only a couple of hours. I knew Saturday's skate was going to suffer for lack of sleep and IT DID In 2.5 hours I only got my LF edges back and even those were wobbly - the right leg was absolutely brain dead! I couldn't hold my RF edges to save my life.

    There are only a few more weeks left in the regular season, then "spring skate school" (for which I am already registered) and "summer skate school" (still waiting for the application). My goal is to have all my edges back solidly for next fall so I can spend next winter working on my Skills (MITF) and preliminary Freeskate.

    I have ice available today (two different places, all day long) and I am REALLY tempted to get out there and PUSH, PUSH, PUSH! But my body says I worked hard yesterday and should "rest" (maybe do balance and stretch exercises, work on the right leg).

    Being a "Type A personality" is good in a lot of things but it makes it hard to do what you think is right (rest & exercise) when you're not holding on to your goals (gains - forward edges). Maybe somebody should keep my skates under lock and key? :banging: LOL!

    No response required - just expressing my frustrations among those who may understand

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    Rusty Blades-
    At our advanced age (I'm 46) you need to give your body a rest and pace yourself. You should have stayed home on Sat and rested or did some off ice training. Listen to your body and don't over do it. Have fun!

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    Tripping on the Podium
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    Even at a non-advanced age (17), I find it hard to make it through the next week if I don't take Saturdays off.

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    Speaking as another type A, I get where you're coming from. I skate Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday (at an ungodly oh-dark-thirty hour of the morning) with two of those being lessons, and I still feel like I'm not skating enough. However, given how badly I tend to crash on Sundays (only very crowded public ice available without driving in to where I work to skate on expensive sessions there so I dont' skate) I know that I need to rest. It's just so hard sometimes to convince your brain of that, isn't it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rusty Blades
    No response required - just expressing my frustrations among those who may understand
    Double Aaaaaarghhh!

    I don't think I'm very Type A at all, and I may not be a returning adult skater, so I don't know the frustration in the specific that you are facing, but I sure do know the frustration of wobbly edges! And, I too have good days and less good days on the ice, and can't always figure out the "why."

    I find that my Pilates mat work is what most tires me out, even though it is a "good" tired. But it is also amazing how much just a little skating practice can drain you!! Sometimes I could just head home and sack out on the sofa for a few hours after skating!

    Thanks for venting your frustration, because it made me feel less all alone with mine!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lindasaffell
    Double Aaaaaarghhh!

    I don't think I'm very Type A at all, and I may not be a returning adult skater, so I don't know the frustration in the specific that you are facing, but I sure do know the frustration of wobbly edges! And, I too have good days and less good days on the ice, and can't always figure out the "why."

    I find that my Pilates mat work is what most tires me out, even though it is a "good" tired. But it is also amazing how much just a little skating practice can drain you!! Sometimes I could just head home and sack out on the sofa for a few hours after skating!

    Thanks for venting your frustration, because it made me feel less all alone with mine!
    LOL!!

    I talk to many of the "more accomplished" skaters and everybody has their "off days". There is a young man in our club who does the most wonderful double jumps and last Saturday he couldn't land a single one. I saw that exact same look of frustration on his face!

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