A dream doesn’t become reality through magic. It takes sweat, determination, and hard work. – Colin Powell
I’m back! finaleeeeh … 😀
Life has been hectic the past few weeks.
So .. let’s talk about my competition 3 weeks ago. I took a part to national competition called Semarang Open 2014. This is an annual event, and this year is the second year that the freestyle slalom competition was held in Semarang. Time goes by way too fast; I still remember last year competition with my team, just like it was yesterday.
The day before competition there was a workshop with the guest star, Yu Jin Seong and Terence Cheung. They are top skater from Korea and Singapore. Here the video … check this out!
Every time I come back to freestyle slalom competition, I enjoy it more and more. I think part of the reason, is because I know what to expect. A couple of things were different this year, or at least seemed like they were.
Even though we went through some difficult times, we will work our hardest for this competition because we know we can do it and we will. I was up at 5 am Saturday morning; excited but I also had nervous butterflies. After 2 month in full on training mode, I’m ready for the competition. I don’t know how many times during a workout I have felt like I was going to barf, pass out, or DIE. But I did not. I kept going. 😀
I felt nervous. Semarang Open 2014 was a national competition. At this competition, I got nervous, breathing hard, my stomach churning, not being able to eat, and feeling like I had to pee every time I had a chance to cool down.
I felt great on the warm up, still had the nerves in my stomach, but I take these as a positive and use them to keep me sharp!
The First Category: Freestyle Slide
The Second Category: Pair Slalom
There was a few great moments during our performance where I saw the judges watching us and smiling. The fact they were reacting to us, was awesome. Yay! I wasn’t boring (at least not all the time lol). Anyways, that was a real win for me. ^^
The Third Category: Classic Slalom
I barely remember being out on the competition floor and what I did, other than the fact that I enjoyed every second of it. 😀
The fourth Category: Speed Slalom
Goodbay day 1, welcome day 2 …
The Fifth Category: Skate Cross
The next rundown was the closing ceremony + awarding!!!
The experience of going to a competition could not have been any more amazing. I couldn’t have wished for it to be better! I wouldn’t have known what to wish for! This was simply perfect: going in there without expectations, not knowing at all what it would be like, free from knowing what it “should” be like, how I “should” stack up against anyone, who is who in the industry and, how the judges do their thing…I was surprisingly calm about the competition itself. I was not scared about competing. I was not concerned with anyone else’s performance. What I could not shut up about was how excited I was to be there.
So .. how about the result?
From 5 categories, I won 2 of them; 2nd place classic slalom senior women and 3rd place freestyle pair slalom!!!
I had a whole lot of fun, and learned a ton about myself. Much will be explored deeper in the coming weeks and this I know – it is time for change. It is time to grow. I’m excited!
All these achievements came with struggles. I trained myself every evening which is probably 6 pm onwards till maximum 10 pm and often turn off at 12 am or later.
And the best part was … MY TEAM WON THE BEST TEAM CATEGORY! ! ! Yay!*proud
A competition is a roller coaster. I’m glad I stayed on for the entire ride, and as you can tell, it all ended well. I’m quite motivated and ready to make some decisions about where I want my skating to go.
Competition is fun and tough. I would like to thank all the team members for being part of my life especially those who tried their best to assist in my training.
I treasure my time with my friends, and love seeing amazing skater. I got recognized, in many ways, I met new friends. It’s been a great experience. Alhamdulillah … Thanks Allah. I reached my goals for this year. This is the perfect time to reflect on what I have done, celebrate the achievement, and then set the next course of action.
So this is where I am right now. I feel like I have become a better athlete because of it. Not sure what’s next up for me. It’s a great feeling to have your hand lifted knowing that your hard work has paid off! I have to say, I feel really good right now. I feel fit, I feel healthy, and I feel accomplished.
I’m excited by my progress and looking forward to see just how far I can take it. This week is super exciting! Everyday has a new change and so I’m keeping really busy and looking forward to the variety.
I’m ready to grow, work, change. 😀