There is always so much preparation before this competition. While Coach would focus on the skating, I would make the travel arrangements, sign up for the practice ice (not to be confused with the program ice), and pack for everyday life as well as the competition. After a few years of this routine, I created a great competition checklist (sign up for the checklist here)
I look back fondly on those trips. Each year my daughter and I had a “soundtrack” for the drive. Hearing those songs today always brings me back to Regionals. One year we would try arriving in advance to settle in, do some site-seeing, and the next year we tried arriving just the day before so that there wasn’t too much time to think. Then there were the food traditions, such as Thai food and the good luck Thai iced tea, door decorating, and the group meals. I cannot have a Thai iced tea today without remembering Regionals.
Looking back on it today, my daughter and I both laugh at my rookie mistake. Each year became easier as we learned what worked for us and what didn’t. We look back on the times fondly, and I must admit that I miss going to Regionals.