I spent the weekend just resting for the most part. The days were very nice to spend outside anyway, so I mowed the lawn one last time and then proceeded to break the lawnmower. Then I tried installing a new head on my trimmer which didn’t work either. So I decided to put that kind of work down and just rest.
The pulled muscle in my leg only seems to bother me when I am playing in net and doing things like leg lifts. Its obvious the muscle is still strained or something else is going on that I don’t know about. If I keep having problems like this, I am going to be forced to make some decisions I didn’t want to make, like resting next season instead of playing. There is part of me that wants to have this checked out at the doctor. After all, it has been 6+ weeks since I first felt it give. At the same time though, I really haven’t rested it like I should. Resting it would be no skating at all for a period of 2-3 weeks. I just don’t have the patience I guess. I have been stretching my legs out really well before skating on them. I am sure while I am skating out playing today I will be just fine. Its when I strap on the goalie pads is when I will start feeling it again. I am confident that it will get better soon and I will cross the line of taking time off later if it doesn’t heal.
I reffed a couple games this weekend and had a lot of fun doing it. The more games I work, the better I become at not only position, but doing the little things right. I continue to work on my skating as well so I am a much stronger skater come next season when I hit level 2.
I was recently asked where I want to be when I ref hockey games. Some people do it for the paycheck. I am doing it because I enjoy it. Working with the kids is where my love for the sport still is. Just like when I coached mites and squirts years ago, reffing that age group is where I want to be. Even when I hit level 2 next season, I will be looking at doing the younger kids, but adding travel hockey to my list of things I want to do in that age group. I should be able to achieve that goal.
You never know, I may find myself coaching again down the road.
I am pretty happy with the way things are going. Sure, I would like to ref more games, but I will get there soon enough. Patience is a virtue.