Top Secret 27/5 Tips
When I thought I was crushing it and definitely going to make it, I was stuck at a solid twenty three and a half. When I thought there was no way I was anywhere close, I was at twenty six. When I first set off, making twenty seven laps in five minutes seemed nearly impossible, but week by week following the circular sprint, the gap between my dry heaving body and twenty seven laps shortens. Still, a gap remains. My teammates have helped me hack into the mainframe for access to the best kept secrets on making twenty seven laps in five minutes. This is sensitive and very useful information. Even to those who have already made the cut. Use it to your discretion!
Ella Noise: Skate the diamond and pace yourself.
Braise Seitan: Water, water, water. It’s like gas in your tank. Keep yourself fueled up for at least a few days before practice to improve your performance. Here’s a short article on the ways dehydration can negatively impact your body, including a decrease in cardiac output.
Zombilena The Creep Show: I don’t have the best advice...but I pretty much run on skates til I’m about to vomit. 😬 Speed every Saturday has definitely helped me with my stride, crossover, and they give lots of positive encouragement.
Lana Del Rage: The biggest thing that helps me get through it is actually counting my crossovers and sticking to a pattern. So I’ll do 3 or 4 nice big cross overs coming out of the turn, then coast into the next one and do another 3 or 4 out of that turn and so on. This helps me focus on maintaining a consistent speed, forces me to focus on form (big pushes with the crossovers), and also gets me out of my head. So for 5 minutes all that’s going on in my head is “1, 2, 3, 4.... 1,2,3,4...” etc. instead of “this sucks my back hurts when is it over”. Other skaters might have different things that help them but this is what works for me!
Hurt Vonnecut: Don’t think too hard about it as you’re doing it. Try not to even consider what lap you’re on, just focus on staying low and skating as fast as you can no matter where you’re at. Thinking about anything other than skating the diamond and staying low acted as a distraction for me and the first day I chilled out and stopped getting anxious about my lap count, I hit 27/5.
But that being said about skating the diamond- if you’re adamant about hitting it every time but someone beats you to it and is right in front of you, don’t worry about not skating it perfectly and just go around them. I would slow down to avoid crashing into someone just to hit the diamond, and slowing down is the last thing you want to do.
Also going to speed skating on Saturday helped immensely.
In the end, I was reminded at the last practice that everyone has their own tips, but what works for some does not work for others. Seeing as you are the only one moving in your body, try out the above suggestions and see what works best for you. It can be much easier to pick yourself up from a physical fall, but the support from the team has encouraged me to pick my spirits up too, not get discouraged, and try again.