Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Skater's Logbook

At the end of July, I wrote about my adventures in getting an emergency sharpening. I shouldn't have needed to do that. I should have been keeping track of my hours, so my blades just steadily kept getting duller,
                       and duller,
                                         and duller.
                                                          Until one day,
                                                                                 they were unskateable.

I'm used to keeping logbooks. I kept them when I dove, and flew airplanes, and it seems natural to do while skating.

So, in a burst of activity, I went to the Dollar Store and bought a monthly/weekly pocket calendar.

I now record the day of the sharpening, notes on my skating, costs, schedules, and added notes of things my coach had said. It only takes a few minutes after every lesson or practice.

As I pointed out in Negative Self Talk, it's all too easy to remember only the negative things. A logbook helps you remember the positive ones.

But if you want to do it electronically, why not join and start entering your practice results in the weekly practice thread. The thread is scoped so you can record the good and the 'needs work' results for the week. I find it fun to look back at old posts occasionally and look at my improvements.
Today I mastered my waltz jump--tomorrow the axel!
That cool cat has a very positive outlook!

1 comment:

  1. I used to use excel to track sharpening by hours skated, then I got tired and just use an Android app to track days since last sharpening.

    Skatingforums practice threads rock! :) Love the camaraderie there. My skating notes are kept in a private blog. A great resource to review or search when I need to refresh my memory on something.