It’s late, I’m tired, this will be brief….
You could just feel that something was in the air at the rink today. There was an energy, a focus, a quality of movement & intensity during training today, appropriate to the fact that tomorrow is the first day of National Championships.
The allarounders are racing Teusday & Wednesday, Thursday is a rest day, then the sprinters like me have our fast fun on the ice Friday and Saturday. I will try and do reporting from the races when I can grab a moment or two.
It’s funny, the first time I skated nationals, I knew only a handful of the athletes, now on my 4th trip here, there are just a few I don’t know.
I’m glad that I am not first up to race, because I stepped on something nasty skating this past weekend and it took me 3 hours of sharpening before I repaired the damage to my edges. When I stepped on the ice this morning, my skates felt awful, I had screwed up my rocker taking out the nicks & scrapes & inches of destroyed edge.
Lest you think that being an elite coach is all wine, women & song, (or beer, men & classic rock if that’s how you roll) here is Mike Koorman re-rockering my skates. I was one of many pairs he rockered, sharpened, bent, or troubleshot today.
What you can see in this photo is his attention to detail as he guides the grinding wheel to very carefully re-shape my FUBARed blades.
What you can’t see in this photo is his patience & calming words of experience as he reassures a flipping out athlete (me) that everything will be fine!!!!
I normally skate on an extremely flat rocker of 26-27m, all this rockering machine had was a 24, so that will have to do.
Modern coaching seems to be a wild soup of technique analysis, equipment evaluation, scientific physiology knowledge, and a healthy dose of psychology & understanding how to fire up or soothe the athletes in their charge. Mike does a great job.
P.S. Thanks to everyone for all the encouragement on the t-shirt post! I will do my best to live up to all the good vibes sent my way…
There are many exceptional skaters at nationals this year, one wrong step by any of us, and whoosh! Right to the bottom of the standings!
It’s a little stressful…. but in a good way…..
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