By: Gabriella DeBono
With National and Continental Championships wrapping up, it’s a time for most skaters to sit back and reflect on their past season. Was this season a breakthrough or a building year? Regardless of if your season went according to plan, there is always something you can be proud of yourself for. Take pride in your accomplishments, no matter how small, and get ready to gear up for next season!
The off-season is undoubtedly one of the most exciting training cycles. Focus shifts from refining skills to trying new elements, planning new programs, and working exercise routines! There’s time to play with new techniques and build strength without the pressure of achieving consistency for competitions. Although development training excites some skaters, others thrive knowing a competition right around the corner. If you’ve found yourself losing your enthusiasm and fierceness during off-season daily training, keep reading!
Inspiration takes work
No one wakes up every day and is 100% motivated to get the job done. Motivation is something you have to continually renew within yourself. Find a mantra or a quote that encourages you to keep working hard and put it somewhere you look every morning. Read it out loud to yourself every day before you leave the house and before you go to bed. Repeating words of inspiration from skaters you look up to is an excellent way to stay hungry for success. Go one step further and read their story (if its available). Odds are, their journey to success wasn’t linear, but they persevered to achieve their goals– just like you can!
Have a goal to work towards
Now that you have an idea of how to inspire yourself, you need to make sure you have a direction for your passion. Talk to your coaches and your team about your past season. What worked? What didn’t? What do you want to change? Have your long-term aspirations shifted and what can you do this upcoming season to get you one step closer to your goals? Breakdown your dream into small manageable pieces and take the season one step at a time.
Make goals with your friends
Behind every champion is a great training mate. No one can get through vigorous training days alone. Be open to having a training mate at your club! You can encourage and support one another by creating friendly competitions
Photo credit: “Ice: The Movie” stars Maddison Bullock and Mike C. Manning