I really wish I knew the answer to this - I will say after being on this forum for a couple of years, that it must be normal - because we all seem to be in the same boat!
Whether or not it's good or bad is something I struggle with DAILY.
Skating has me tied to a job I *HATE* because a) It pays well, well enough for coaching fees and ice time AND b) It also let's me skate in the mornings before work, and occasionally take a break during the day to skate.
Skating has me tied to a city I don't want to live in any more, because my coach is here, there is an ABUNDANCE of rinks and ice time, and it's a lot cheaper than the city I want to move to.
Skating has me tied to a schedule (and don't even get started on off-ice training) that doesn't have much wiggle room for socializing, etc.
I watch skating videos in my spare time, think about skating ALL the time, and generally am obsessed. I too, get anxiety if I can't skate for more than a couple of days, especially if (G-d forbid) I'm injured.
Sometimes I think I love the sport so much it will be my undoing. My career is off track, I'm living in a city with zero dating prospects, and with every passing month I panic more over being single and 31, and yet I can't bring myself to do anything that will jeopardize skating.
So I don't know...you tell me? Good or bad?