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Dear Freshmeat: Getting the most out of your training

As you’ll probably realise when you first start skating, there is a lot of stuff you just can’t do yet, and you probably train with a lot of people there who look like they were born with skates on their feet, and could skate in their sleep, and are in fact probably descendants of the mystical roller skating goddess Wheelrah*. You need to do two things when your brain starts to freak out about this:

Remind yourself that, at some point in their lives, they had exactly the same skill level as you do now. It may have been years ago, but that person worked to become the skater you see today.
Push that person right to the back of your mind.

(*may not actually exist)

My point is that you need to focus on what you are doing, and not worry about what anybody else is or is not doing better than you. Do not let yourself feel inferior because you can’t skate as well as somebody else. Feeling less valuable or inferior in any way does not serve you at all. Your own skating ability is the only yard stick you have to go by. You might be improving out of sight, but because you’re so fixated on the fact that you’re not as good as the next guy, you don’t even notice the incredible strides you are making. You need to assess how you are doing each practice. Can you do X better than you could yesterday? What about since last week? Then you are improving! And that is all that you can ask of yourself. And man, you need to be proud of yourself – you’re playing roller derby. Do you have any idea how hard that is?

But, at the same time, don’t think you can slack off just because you are at the top of the class in Fresh Meat. Repeat after me: complacency does not beget improvement! So maybe you’re an experienced speed skater, or the most feared blocker for miles. You don’t have to expend much effort to be the fastest skater or the hardest hitter, so why try? Because you want to be better FOR YOU! That’s why! The skills of other skaters do not improve or worsen yours at all – this ain’t no bell curve, son! So push yourself. Try harder simply because you want to improve. That means not slacking off just because something comes easy, because you bet your ass the girl giving every practice 100% is going to be as good as you are one day. Not to mention, when you make it to the Big Leagues and realise that making the All Star charter is totally within reach, boy you’re going to wish you’d taken every opportunity you got to squat lower and skate faster.

Don’t make excuses
You need to take 100% responsibility for the effort you make at training. Don’t make excuses, to yourself or to others. If your coach tells you that they can see you phoning it in, the last thing they want to hear is, “I’m sorry, it’s just that I…” Take on board what they’re saying, because they obviously know you’re capable of more. No excuses. Your coach is there to push you, and if they call you out, you should be grateful! Tell them, “Okay. I’ll try harder.”

The same thing applies when it comes to making excuses to yourself. I’ve been the queen of this terrible practice for the longest time, though I really am working on it. Have you ever had those training sessions where you think, “I just can’t do a great job tonight, because…I’m too tired/didn’t eat enough beforehand/I’m so stressed/I can’t stop thinking about the next episode of Game of Thrones,” and give yourself permission to only bring your C+ game? I’ve realised that what it comes down to is this: If you’re too sick to train, you stay home. If you go to training, you’re there to train, so you give it your all. No excuses. Sometimes “your all” feels like much less than it did last week, but as long as you do the best you can today, that’s all you can ask of yourself.

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