I have a question that's been troubling me since I started skating; so I thought I'd ask. Yes; it's the age question.
I skated at age 10, made it up to Basic 5, and I left skating for financial reasons and sorta never came back to it until I was 17, which was about 11 months ago. So, I did have prior knowledge of skating as well as experience, just not incredibly advanced. I have also rollerbladed throughout my teens which also gave me a boost in ice skating, I think. I'm 18 now (just turned in July) and I can do a toe loop, half flip, one-foot spin, forward and backward crossovers, waltz jump, side toe hop, bunny hop, forward three turns, forward spirals on both edges (although my left ones are lower than my right) and back outside three turns. I'm currently working on a Salchow, half Lutz, scratch spin, back inside threes and backward spirals, and a few more elements like that. I'm going to try to swap to a private coach so that they could prep me for the Pre-Preliminary MIF and Freeskate tests. And I really, really want to compete at Regionals some day (and hopefully sectionals.).
Here is my specific question: am I too old to compete in the standard track?
I know that age limits stop at Novice level, within the U.S.
I figure that at my pace, I realistically would not be passing my novice test until I was at least 20 or 21. And of course my ultimate goal is to compete as a Senior, but I would start competing at Novice as soon as I could because I would just want to get as much competing experience as possible. But would it be goofy for a 21 year old to be competing as a Novice? Is that even heard of?
I am aware of the adult track, but it's honestly not my thing. I am an ambitious person and I don't really feel that I have the physical limitations a person, say, in their forties might. I'm only 18. I am short (5'1" ish) and slim (like 97 lbs, and almost no curves!) and I would call myself "in shape". So I feel that I am capable of eventually learning doubles, triples, etc, the same as a young teen would, because I'm basically their size. I want to skate at the same rate of difficulty as they do and proceed as such. I feel kinda young to be among the Adult skaters. Just wanted to clarify that.
Anyways. Could I get some opinions? Thank you so much!!!