Sometimes, maybe, you shouldn’t ‘skate it out’.
Sometimes when you’re angry, you can harness that and actually get stuck in to training that little bit harder, push yourself that little bit further, leave your crap at the door and skate it out.
Sometimes you cannot – or rather, sometimes I cannot.
When you’ve just had a crappy day and every little thing irks you and you catch every red light, and you feel like you’re running down a stop watch to make training and you want to punch that smiling person who greets you at the door and you Just. Want. To. Put. Your. Skates. On! Perhaps, just perhaps, you need to stop, breathe, and reassess whether you should actually be there or not.
Derby is an emotional sport as it is (at times), add that to being a woman and being a hormonally charged being as well! Pfft! Some days just don’t work out for us!
Yesterday was one of those days. For me.
I managed to get to training just in time to help out with our new Fresh Meat intake, and that was fantastic to see so many new girls out there skating… but I missed scrimmage before that, and our guest coach… but I think that was for the better with the mood I was in!
Helping out with fresh was a great. It snapped me out of my headspace for a moment and let me give what I could to help, feeling needed is a lovely gift. One of the girls came up to me afterwards and we had a chat and she thanked me. I appreciated that.
You know what else helps times like these? Going to the pub after training, having a few and laughing so hard it hurts! Derby girls are funny bastards!
How do other people deal with days like these? Have you ever pulled yourself out of training because your headspace just wasn’t right? What things work for you to put yourself back on the right track?
…and my favourite quote from Groundhog Day that inspired this post: