Consistency is as much an inside job as it is an outside job. Extreme fluctuations from one program to the next is a problem for many skaters this season. This is apparent when an athlete does very well in one program and then very poorly in the next. You have to wonder, if they can do the jump in the short, why can’t they do it in the long? This is where the influence of outside factors plays a roll.
Great Performance in the Short
After a clean performance, you may find yourself placed high in the group. This may be higher than expected or right on track. Either way, you will have thoughts and feelings about the placement. This can add extra pressure to maintain your position. You may also feel out of place in the top group and insecure. When you allow your interpretation of the placement to distract from the next performance, this is a mindset issue.
Poor Performance in the Short
I have worked with skaters who consistently under perform in the short and use that frustration to motivate them for the long. This pattern provides a lot of insight into what motivates an athlete. It is a scary habit to develop. Humans are creatures of habit and it doesn’t take long for repetitive behaviour to develop a habit. I help my skaters to find a way to organically create that momentum without requiring the “bad skate”. As you can see, this is also a mindset issue.
To build consistency, you must train both your physical and mental game. Repetition of the elements in practice develops muscle memory that you can rely on. It is also important to train mental muscle memory by visualizing your success. Building focus and learning how to take one element at a time, are also strategies that create consistency.
When you strengthen your mental game this will be reflected in stronger, more consistent performances. Message me about how you can get started.