Fearless Heart

'be inspired, be fearless'

Baldi in Competition - 06 - 12 April 2015

Baldi arriving for the IS Skating Competition in Glasgow April 2015

Monday met with a mammoth ice practice session for my forthcoming competition. Only had two weeks practice as the previous five months I had out, so I was feeling a tad nervous, to say the least! However, all ended well!

At the rink, I got chatting with a lovely German Lady ice skater who is sadly off back home, oh well! Thankfully, there are messengers and the power of Skype / Viber is at an all time high, so no issues there! At least we will not forget what each other looks like, lol!

I enjoyed my ice lesson and practice on Tuesday making up the later half of my programme and generally tidied up all the elements. My teacher and I had great fun discussing my future, which competitions and grades to tackle afterwards and which music should I look out for future competitions. Full speed ahead, then! Nice to be wished best of luck by many of the students and teachers, comments like Break a leg, hum, ok, then! On a more serious note, thank you all, your support means a lot!

Let us hope I will do you all proud. On the train homeward bound, I had the pleasure of bumping into a friend. One who I have not chatted to for ages, so thank you for an excellent express catch-up!

My IPhone app of the week is Coaches Eye. This is a fantastic app allowing you to do all kinds of amazing things like slow-mo and has a great tool allowing you to see how straight you are, total awesome. An app that surely will be on the top shelf for every ice skater!

I arrived in Glasgow late on Thursday evening in time for tea and a walk around this beautiful and vibrant city, taking in sights such as Starbucks and Costa Cofee!?! No, no, honest, I went fto check out the area and enjoyed a walk along The Clyde. I even was stopped and asked if I was enjoying being away from home by two Police officers, how different is that?

I was up at the crack of dawn on Friday morning, confronted with a very odd looking timetable after breakfast at 6am. Soon worked it out after a cup of wake up coffee! The rink being only a short walk from my hotel, this Baldi decided to walk! Great idea, at the time, honest! It was not until later I found out about the bus! Never mind, all exercise is good for you!! My morning practice passed off very well, however, I made a mental note to do more practice on Curling Ice, this ice is way different to the ice I am used to!! All good experience, I thought. The afternoon practice was not great as Bladi managed to break the top third portion of his lace on my right boot! Hum, just what I need and wondered if this is the Ice Skaters version of Break a leg?! Never mind, at least it happened in rehearsals and not the actual competition! There is another lesson, always replace laces before major competition!

It was lovely spending time catching up with old friends and making new ones and I am very much looking forward to see what the future holds! I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate everyone involved in making these Championships the success they were - for those of you interested to find out more, please visit Inclusive Skating for more information.

My recommended reading for this week is Cold: Extreme Adventures at the Lowest Temperatures on Earth by Sir Ranulph Fiennes. I am about half way through his amazing book and would highly recommend it to all of you adventurists out there.

In Piano news, I enjoyed my lesson on Wednesday and am progressing and enjoying playing, which is the main thing and am pushing forwards towards my Grade 7 exam.

In book news, due to my competition I have not had a chance to get back into it, although I have done bits and pieces I am aiming to pick it up very soon and continue editing it, including writing up the results and technicque I used in my recent success.

Ongoing code upgrades and more bug fixes to my web site having been happening throughout the week. I believe I have found all the bugs you have kindly pointed out, however if you catch any more, do let me know and I will squash them, thanks!