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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Competition Tip #11: Rest

As competition draws near and the atmosphere around the rink heats up. You may feel the urge to skate more... and harder... BUT remember that you need to have sufficient rest in order to perform on competition day.

[Adapted from photo by Eli Duke (Flickr) [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons]

Competition Tip #11: Rest yourself

In the days leading up to competition, skaters are trying to get in as much practice as they can. Practice ice has been scheduled. Sacrifices are made to get skaters more ice time. BUT when an element doesn't work, skaters become anxious. They try it again. And again. Yet again.

While keeping up your practice is necessary, it is now time to pace yourself and not push too much. Understand that you have trained hard and you can show your best ability if you

give yourself enough rest and take care of yourself

The most important thing for you to do now is to stay healthy, fit and injury-free. Tone down your training a notch. Have faith in your ability. Listen to your coach. Eat properly.

Skaters' schedules can be grueling, with late-night and early-morning practice ice. Be sure to plan your day so that you have a good night sleep and perhaps a little nap during the day. Also plan your mealtimes around your practice (or competition) schedule. You might not feel like eating, but that could be due to nervousness. You should still eat, even if it is a light meal.

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