Playoff disappointment and the drive to get better

Playoffs were a disappointment as both my teams came up short this season.  In both semifinal games, both my teams scored a grand total of a single goal.  We were shutout 3-0 in my Aluminum semifinal game with Who Cares.  Marketlab lost 4-1 in a very tough semifinal game.  I did win my quarterfinal game 5-0 which was great for my psyche, but still, coming up short is coming up short.

The really sad part is that I couldn’t physically play my Marketlab game because I was in bad shape.  My knees really ached after losing 3-0 in the first semifinal game.  I put my brother in at that point, but it was the first time that I gave up a game like that in the playoffs.  Very disappointing.  Not only for the loss, but for the fact that I could not play.

I now have an exercise regimen.  My knees are much better today because of not only therapy but additional gel injections.  I have been told to stay off the ice and avoid playing goalie for 1 week.  Keep exercising and stretching.  I am going to give it a go next week which will be my first game in over a week.  I will be a little rusty, but I am looking forward to a pain free experience playing hockey.  That in itself would be a huge improvement.

At the beginning of the year, I was hoping that I would achieve 30 championships in hockey.  I am hanging at 27 and having failed 2 times in a row after doing so well in the regular season, I have a lot to prove this season.  It is my hope that I can get 100% better this season and play the best hockey I have played in years.  A pain free season would do wonders for my confidence as well as my goaltending ability.

I am also making a promise not to set goals for championships anymore.  Sure, its nice to win.  At the same time though, its not the goal anymore.  No one will remember the championships my teams have won.  All the achievements are going away for me.  Now its all about playing with friends.

So now I have a drive to get better.  Not only physically, but mentally stronger.

Limping into the playoffs, literally

With one game remaining, both of my teams have limped into playoffs.  The key being “limped into” as that both my teams have made it and what a successful season it has been.  Who Cares secured a division crown which is something I am very proud of.  A team that we just threw together after half our team left from last season.  I am very proud of this team.  Marketlab also did very well by placing 3rd or 4th.  For a team that was built to play in Brass and ends up playing in Copper, thats more than I ever could have ever expected.

The only downside is that my teams haven’t really played to their potential.  Starting with me in net, I really haven’t played very well.  At the same time though, my teams haven’t brought their A games.  I am expecting a big game on Thursday from Marketlab and then a strong day on Saturday in playoffs.

After having so much playoff success, I have nothing to worry about.  I remember what it was like when I won my first championship.  Now, I will take the success when I can get it.  Its all about playing with my friends.

Speaking of playing, it was great to play without pain today.  First time in over 5 months!  The gel injections into my knees was a huge improvement.  At the same time though, I still have pressure on both kneecaps that just drove me nuts.  I was told to wait a few days before drawing a conclusion.  If it is bad tomorrow, I will make some adjustments for playoffs on Saturday, and then get some fluid removed on Monday.  Looking forward to more pain free games.

I have my home theater PC built and its ready for the Ceton card when it comes in the mail at the end of May.  I will have more on this later when I get the card.