Yesterday was a fantastic day. Class was tremendously fun and gratifying. The right push-off I was struggling with just suddenly clicked, and I am now able to push off with enough power to go all the way across the rink. No balance problems at all. I did it and suddenly my whole body said “Yup. That’s how this is done.” I love when I suddenly get a skill like that.
Physical knowledge is acquired in a vastly different way than the intellectual knowledge. it doesn’t feel as if I am “learning” it so much as becoming it. I intellectually knew how to do a push-off long before I could actually DO it. Knowing mentally is part of knowing physically, but only a small part. I don’t just know how to do push-off–I have to keep practicing push-offs until I literally become a person who can do them.
This morning, I worked on outside edges, my new nemesis. Definite progress happened. I can feel it–I can feel myself becoming a person who can do them once again. I’m not that person yet, but I am becoming that person.