|Devon, my fierce merciless (haha) trainer|
|my awesome view of Chicago from CoreFitness|
|Stairs at Wheaton College stadium|
Just yesterday was my first skating session on the short track ice in Park Ridge with the club there (where my mom began her skating career herself). Now Jeffrey has been skating short track the last month in California, but I have not jumped to skate quite yet in order to develop brute strength as well as keeping skating fresh, for we will have a long season on the ice soon enough. So with the first ice practice comes technical drills...and only technical drills. Solidifying technique when we first step on that ice is important, so yesterday's practice was nothing fast, just controlled skating drills.
In the picture below, you see Jeffrey showing us some thoughts on technique he learned while out in California as we began the first summer ice practice. And for the first time, I actually felt strong and in control skating for the first short track practice. If I recall correctly, usually my first practice consists of frustration because my feet cramp and I hurt after just a couple drills, but this session was different. Maybe this is a sign that this year will be a breakout year :) Although there is still plenty of training that is going to go down between now and our first national race, I was ecstatic yesterday and could not stop smiling being on the ice again and feeling amazing. Speedskating is what I do...and it is what I love. Here is to what will be my best skating season yet!!!
|First Park Ridge summer ice session, Jeffrey demonstrating|
1 Corinthians 9:25
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P.S. A couple weeks ago I joined Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana and Wiesbrook Elementary School in fundraising a Tiger Trot that raised over $6,000! I'm so proud of all who came out to run that morning as well as their hearts were in a place of serving others and that is worth a huge recognition! I want to thank all those who participated for letting me be a part of the Tiger Trot and though I am from the North side of Wheaton, more important issues in life were being addressed and caring about those who need it the most and that is honorable :)
|Ronald McDonald, myself, Tiger, and Principal Turyna|