I've been skating regularly for about a year now. Sometimes every day a week, but always at least once/twice a week.
Still, my balance and coordination seems to be so wack that even this level of practice hasn't made me a better ice skater. The first hour of every session, I'm falling on the spot, clinging to the wall. After that, I can generally skate decently and fluidly. However, the next time I step on the rink (which could literally be the very next day), I revert back to being a total beginner.
I even have my own skates and I really love this sport, but I wonder if I am predestined to fail at it. I have friends who go maybe once/twice a YEAR and are still better than me.
I have had four lessons with two different coaches. I noticed that neither of them addressed my biggest issue, which is consistency (like I said, after a while I can generally skate fine, but the very next time I try, I'm back in the hole). They sort of just repeatedly taught me HOW to skate (which I'm largely aware of), and seemed confused when the very next lesson, I'd be falling everywhere...?
Any skaters here who can give me advice?
Without seeing you it's hard to diagnose what's going on.
Given that after a while you can skate normally, it doesn't sound like an inherent co-ordination issue, but sounds more like a confidence one. That you get yourself in a stress (whether you feel it or not) before you 'perform', which leads you to feeling uptight and tense.
Have you tried doing things to help you relax when going out on the ice? Listening to music / podcasts etc? I know you're not supposed to, but I always have an ear in when I go.
Anyone got any tips on how to improve confidence then? Like I said, I WILL fall at the beginning if not holding the wall.
Fell the other day straight into my stomach and got cuts all over my abdomen. Literally felt like throwing up. Falls do kind of make me lose confidence?