So it has been a long time since my last post on this topic… I could say that I’ve been busy which is true but the truth is that I have procrastinated this topic because I believe it is SO important and has made such a huge impact on my skating throughout pretty much my whole life that I really wanted to get it right.
How many times have you seen a talented athlete not perform their best because they fall victim to their own anxieties? How do you think they would have performed had they been taught how to regulate their emotions, thoughts, feelings? How many times has your coach (or you’ve stood there as the coach) told you to do the jump/step/sequence/spin again because you’re still making the same mistake and no matter how hard you try, you just can’t do it? If you’ve been in this situation, keep reading and you might just find out something you didn’t know before.
There’s 2 weeks left until Oceanias. There’s lots going on in everyone’s lives with work, uni or school not to mention trainings! Stress is at an all time high right now and some of you may feel like you’re running out of time! If this sounds like you, what should you be doing? Or more importantly, what shouldn’t you be doing?
This topic is just as important as our last post on discipline and motivation. It is important to know when to push through the pain and laziness and when to stop before we do some real damage to our bodies! First off, we have to get in touch with our body so that we are aware of when to go for it and when to back off. I touched on this at the squad and I want to expand on what I mean and also fill in those skaters who missed out.
After my workout the other day, something caught my attention. During my workout, I had wanted to stop several times but I didn’t. I could hardly breathe and yet I just had to finish the workout. The same happened the next night at training. There was something that kept saying I needed another round even when I wanted to stop. What kept me going? What is that voice that says “one more round/rep”?