Argh, it comes to the time of my annual, “Do I want to keep skating?” crisis.
My one and only rink option in town continues to be basically impossible to skate at.
There was a time in 2011 when the rink was operating two facilities and I could skate four days a week, Wednesday/Thursdays and Saturday/Sunday. The practice time helped me to improve steadily, keeping me happy and challenged and feeling accomplished. For various reasons the rink shut down their larger facility, and hockey and lessons took over about 80% of the available ice time.
The rink does have morning free style sessions that are, I believe, anywhere from $15 to $20 dollars per session. I think a punch card drops the price down to $13. I have been skating at public sessions for two and a half years at roughly $4-$6 a pop. Freestyle sessions are mostly offered butt early in the morning, and hardly at all in the evening.
By skating public sessions I manage about 1 - 3 days of practice, Saturday and/or Sunday, and if I’m feeling particularly full of gumption I’ll go skate for about 25-30 minutes during my lunch break one weekday. At the very end of 2012 I learned the loop jump.
It’s 2013 and I still haven’t landed it. This is partly my fault, I’ve stopped being diligent about off-ice exercising and have not strengthened my core/back. And it’s also partly the fact that I never practice it because I have very little time to practice now. I randomly developed a problem with my scratch spin in the summer and it took me ages to get the problem fixed. The stagnation makes skating a lot more frustrating.
So one option is, obviously, spend the money and go to freestyles more often. Which would be a lot more of an option if I had lots of money, and if the money I didn’t have didn’t want to get spent on other things like vacations to visit friends in London. Or, idk, getting married since I think that’s on the horizon.
The other option is stop skating and pay half the price to go to an all access gym that’s open all the time and take up running again. I could always come back, but coming back means starting from scratch and starting from scratch is literally the most depressing thought to me. But maybe I shouldn’t come back since it’s not like I’m ever going to master this thing anyway? But then why do I even have my sexy awesome skates if I’m not going to skate?
I’m going to skate for the first time since mid-December this weekend and we’ll see if my problem is just too much time away from the ice.
(Perhaps entirely unrelated is the fact that I just didn’t really enjoy this season. It’s the weird year before the Olympic season, yeah, but Johnny’s comeback fizzle, the breaking up of two fave senior pairs, the lack of some of the faves I picked on personality to get it together, every time Brian Joubert takes his knees out on the ice, IDK. It just hasn’t been much fun and I’m terrible at suspense and stress and the Olympic season is basically going to absolutely nothing but suspense and stress and blergh.)