Acceleration Training: Day 1

Yesterday I started my first acceleration training at Acceleration of Grand Rapids.  I was anticipating a much more productive day there, and it turned out to be more frustrating.  The skating treadmill there is not the easiest to skate on for me, and I spent the whole first day just getting used to it.  I have many years of bad habits to kick when it comes to my skating, and the only way to fix those bad habits is to kick them to the curb with hard work.

This is what the treadmill is like that I skated on. Its not an exact replica, but its pretty close.

By the time I did the workout, which also included work on the exercise bike and a core workout with crunches and such, I was pretty wiped out.  I played hockey that night too which just was a little too much for me to handle in a day.  If anything, this workout regimen just woke me up to the fact that I am not in the best of shape.  It really is time to turn things around and start working out more.

Still, it was a great workout and I am looking forward to my next appointment.  I signed up for 17 more sessions on this, so it is my hope that it will improve my skating by the time I am done in the next 3 months.

A strong second half

After dropping both of my games last week, I took the holiday and the off week to concentrate on other things.  My next MBA class started up.  I also had my level 3 USA Hockey closed book test and class to work on as well.  Playing hockey has really been the furthest thing from my mind.  This weekend, I have already started thinking about the second half of the season and the two teams I am playing on.  Even while I sit here in the hotel room in Traverse City getting ready to go wine tasting on Saturday and Sunday, my mind is on hockey.

I think the break is what I needed to get re-energized.  Next week, the real work begins.  My MBA class will be in full swing, my two hockey teams will be looking to rebound after tough games, and I will be continuing to get ready for USA Hockey reffing to kick back in.