Interesting practice yesterday. I had been doing push-off after push-off, still chasing that elusive right outside curve. I am doing better with it, but the progress is slow. After about an hour of struggling with that, I thought “Well, I better do some backwards skating, because I promised Big D I would.”
I was going around the rink, still grouchily mulling over my outside edge conundrum, when I noticed something. I was skating backwards. Not only was I skating backwards, but I was doing it smoothly, changing my weight perfectly AND I was going fast. Whoa, where did THAT come from? Was I really that fabulous backwards-skating person with the insouciant air? I was.
I guess my obsession with this one stumbling block had blinded me a bit to the work I was doing in other areas. I was spending so much time thinking about what I wasn’t doing and what I wanted to be doing in the future, that I had forgotten to notice what I was doing RIGHT NOW. And what I was doing was learning and mastering new skills.
So, I made real forward progress…while going backwards.