So this weekend, I decided to go back to the Sunday goalie clinic that killed us last weekend. I figured it wouldn’t hurt to try it again before passing final judgement.
Armed with prior knowledge of what awaited me I headed to the rink at 7am to make it in time for the 8:15 start time. This time, however, I made sure to eat a small meal prior to departing, as last time I felt my energy bottom out half way through the clinic.
Before I continue let me just say that Liz and I were both dead tired this week after our regular lesson with our coach. Liz pushed herself to failure at the gym and we were both feeling the fatigue set in. We took the rest of the week off from exercise to let our bodies rest and heal, so this was the first time I was back to working out since the last lesson. Liz didn’t go simply because she had a family obligation that took priority.
Back to the clinic.
So as to be expected we started with conditioning and skating work. I paced myself a bit more during this time to I didn’t burn out too quickly. This actually helped quite a bit, as I wasn’t dead by the time I started the drills.
The drill work was a lot of the same stuff as last time, movements in and around the crease. I had different coaches than last time. A guy who played forward and looked like he played at a fairly high level. The other was a goalie and she plays for D-3 College Team in Illinois. Both were very personable and took their time explaining drills. More importantly their shooting was much better than the previous week. Overall, this made the clinic a much more enjoyable experience than the previous one. I will definitely consider going to another clinic in the future, now that I know what to expect, and how to pace myself so I don’t nearly die on the ice.
As final thought, adult goaltending is kinda rough on the body. Let’s face it, when you start hitting your 30’s and you’re not a professional athlete, intense workouts affect you a bit more than they used to. When I was 22 and still in the Marines a 3 mile run was nothing, and I wouldn’t even warm up or stretch. Now I shudder at the thought. Point of this being that for any of beer league hockey players out there, goalie or skater, consider spending some time stretching and also consider icing those parts of the body which are sore after games or stick time sessions. I’ll post an article about some simple recovery ideas out there later but just consider it, it will definitely prolong your playing career.