Option 1: Contact Dave and join him in a bonspiel where there is ice (WARNING: no guarantee of improvement in your on-ice game)
Option 2: Have fun while doing some little things that improve your “foundation” for curling
Often during an introductory class I will use the expression “Balance is the foundation of a good curling delivery – everything else depends upon how strong your foundation is.” You have probably read articles about how it is becoming popular to teach kids to ride bikes without the pedals so that they can develop a good sense of balance prior to introducing the complexity of pedaling and generating their own power. What they are finding is that the children, who have mastered balance, easily incorporate pedaling as a next step. This is exactly how I feel about curling – give me someone with only a well-balanced slide and all the other aspects of the delivery can be easily incorporated as “next steps”. SO – do you need ice to improve your balance and the foundation of your curling delivery? Of course not or I would not be writing this article.
Oh, oh. I can already sense some of you flipping to the next article because you know that this next paragraph is probably going to be about hitting the gym and developing abs of steel along with the rest of your core. Well, if that is something that gets you pumped and excited, then ABSOLUTELY - get on over to the gym because for you that is FUN and it will definitely improve your foundation! However, for many of us, that falls into the category of “exercise” – something we feel that we “HAVE” to do in hopes of obtaining some long term benefit. Unfortunately, for those of us in this camp, going to the gym is comparable to performing a nasty chore and therefore we either don’t start the exercise or quit shortly after starting. I was recently recommended the book “No Sweat” by Michelle Segar and it has been a game changer for me in how I look at exercise and diet. Her theory is that all movement counts as exercise and you just need to find the activities that you enjoy doing – things that you end up doing because you “WANT” to do them rather than “HAVE” to do. She also emphasizes that we should stop thinking about needing to block out large segments of time to get stronger – everything counts – just doing walking lunges from the couch to the refrigerator and back during commercials would be a great example for some of us. For me, I am excited about finally getting motivated to get back into tennis; I did my first yoga workout; I walk our dog; I still hit the floor occasionally and do as much of a routine from an ab workout as I WANT to do; I get down in the “curling delivery position” occasionally during commercials; and I googled balance exercises and found numerous examples that I can do at home.
For you, improving your balance, may be riding a bike occasionally, walking a straight line with one foot in front of the other in the soft sand at the beach (probably good practice if you plan on drinking before driving home), or playing ultimate Frisbee. The bottom line is, figure out what you would ENJOY doing and JUST DO IT!!
Until we have ice again!
Hi there. I'm Michelle, your blogmaster and a novice Bucks curler.