Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Week 17: Yikes and Away

If you're wondering what The Impossible Goal is, you can read about it here. 

At left: me taking the national and state speed and realtime contests this season.

How apt that the Magnum Steno Club on Monday referenced the need for self-compassion.  (I think. I was practicing writing it, so I'm not sure all what was said.)

I'm doing my best not to be discouraged by the fact that all I qualified on was the ILCRA realtime literary.

And I know what I SHOULD have done: after the realtime contest (on a Thursday evening) I SHOULD have hauled butt back to my hotel room and practiced speed until Friday morning, when the speed contest took place.

But Friday, even though I practiced some high speed before the speed contest, I still was in realtime mode and wrote trash.

It's hard to not think, "Who am I to even think about attempting a world record when I can't pass a 220 literary?"  But that WON'T HELP ME.  (but I still think it)

Our Saturday seminars were led by Mark Kislingbury, and even though I do a lot of that stuff already, I still walked out with a slight drink-from-the-firehose feeling, as well as some more motivation and practice ideas.

So we learn from our mistakes, bump up the practice, and continue on.  I'm going to do my best to get more than at least 30 minutes total speed practice a day, and my focus is almost entirely on Q&A at this point, since I plan not to take the national speed and realtime contests next year.

Because as Mark said in his closing session, "Champions overcome this."

And this. *thud* And this. *slam* And this. *whomp*

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