After a very strong regular season, it seemed that my teams had issues scoring goals in playoffs. In two championship games, my teams scored a combined total of three goals. Three goals may win you one game, but not two unless the goalie plays lights out. My lights out days of playing in net have long since left me. So, I am sitting in the exact same place as I was 12 weeks ago. A total of 29 championships working on my 30th.
I set this goal at the beginning of the year that I was going to hit #30 and with the teams I have next season, that remains a possibility. I have some improving and rebounding to do, but we should at least compete for a championship unless we as a team have a total meltdown. We placed second in both divisions I played in, and things are looking up for the fall season.
As I also promised myself, I was disappointed with my performance in the losses, but I wasn’t completely distraught. I hate to lose, and its always empty when you don’t go out on top, but at the same time I have to temper my expectations. I instead feel happy for teams that did go all the way and know that we can be in that same spot in another 12 weeks if everything falls into place for us. Back about six years ago, I would have lost my composure in the face of losing a playoff game. Today, I am a lot more realistic in my expectations. I suppose with age comes wisdom.
Now, for the next two weeks, I am going to do my best not to pick up a hockey stick. I really need the break to get myself motivated to play another season. I am going to instead spend more time concentrating on my new job, and maybe even do some weight bearing exercises like I should be doing everyday.