I was at a PR event the other night (for one piece pj’s with feet – I was in heaven). Part of the evening consisted of doing gentle yoga led by my friend Annabel. Afterwards Annabel came over to me laughing because as we were going through the breathing exercises, she saw me peeking around to see what everyone else was doing. While my body may be doing downward dog, my mind is all ‘get upward and moving, you have a million things to do‘.
That’s why I love speed skating — I have to focus. There’s no time to think of school projects and work deadlines or that I have to pick up milk and send in field trip permission slips. I need to concentrate on what I’m doing or fall. Simple.
For me, it’s a great stress reliever not just physically but mentally. It’s cleansing being able to not think for an hour. Only last night I wasn’t able to focus.
I can honestly say it was my worst class to date – I’m up to about 15 classes in total. It sucked even more than my very first class because at least then I had the excuse that I couldn’t skate. At all.
But now I can skate, sort of so last night kind of blew. It wasn’t about my physical capabilities or lack thereof, it was about my lack of focus.
I don’t know what was going on in my head but for the life of me I couldn’t concentrate and it showed. As much as I tried, my strides were crap, I was holding back on the crossovers and I just wasn’t getting into the flow of it.
I was pissed at myself because I only get a couple of hours a week where I can go on the ice and I felt I wasted this one.
The positive of last night’s class is it kicked me in the ass to work on not only the physical parts of skating but my concentration as well.
When you fall, you get back up. Simple.