Last night was our first training session back for the year.
It may of felt like this:
To be honest I wasn’t sure how I felt about coming back to training. I was having sporadic moments all off-season of being super pumped and looking forward to this 2013 season, to not wanting to go through all the hard work and drama that I know will also happen. It was a big “Ugh, I don’t even want to skate anymore” vs “Holy Crap this year is GOING TO BE AWESOME!”… maybe I was just experiencing an isolated moment of having summer vacation bi-polar?
Anyway. All those feelings were irrelevant the moment I geared up and jumped on the track after our off skates warm up. Seeing all the girls I’d missed over the break. Seeing everyone’s beaming smiles and seeing the enthusiasm exudes from everyones sweat-drenched faces (true, it was rather hot last night!).
We eased back in to things with some pace line drills. Then we worked on starts for the rest of the time. We had a few breaks to dissect the new rules and discuss strategy and skaters ideas on how to adapt our plays off the line.
It was a fun training session. I’ve put new 95A on my skates that I got for Christmas, and even with the newly polished floor and the slipperiness of the surface, I felt slightly faster and a tad more agile. I was even almost pulling off hockey stops… Ok, not “almost” but I impressed myself with the progress I’ve made on them after a bit of off-season practice.
I now have that familiar burn in my legs today which I’ve weirdly missed, and I’m looking forward to coaching tomorrow night and our first scrimmage back on Saturday!
There really is a lot of things to be excited about this year. We have locked in 2 teams to play our travel teams on May the 4th (Star Wars Day – how apt!) and more information of the VIC/TAS Regional Tournament has been announced.
2013 – It’s going to be a GREAT year. High Five to that!