Since, a few weeks I’ve put back on my skates, and am really psyched to skate again. The first trainings were really wearing, and it scared me how much fitness I had lost in the past few months. After 2 or 3 weeks back on wheels, a bout was to be played. Ew may gawd. I had nightmares about our coach the night before. He was yelling at me because of failing during the game. Fortunately he didn’t live up to that expectation. Even though we lost, I’m really proud of our (B-)team. There were some magnificent moves and we fought back fiercely. But I could feel the lack of practice: short of breath, slower reaction time/speed and standing way too straight on my skates. Good thing I blocked/pivoted more than I jammed for once.
These kinds of situations make you realize how important training is, and that you shouldn’t miss any at all. It’s usually my priority numero uno, and I blame myself for missing so many… The progress other skaters have made in my absence are astonishing. I have big time catching-up to do, if I still want to meet my goals and those of our team(s). So next to regular practice, I started going to Fresh meat-practice as well. Instead of focusing on strategy, it makes you go back to basics, but also gives you the opportunity to train your footwork and skills, such as braking, hockey-stops, 360s, etc…
And I started swimming. That’s right. I don’t really do it for cardio, but just to relax and empty my mind. And it makes my whole body work, and not just my legs and core like I’m used to in derby. It would be great if it also stimulates my cardio and my weight-losing process, but it’s not the main goal.
Hopefully I will be up to speed to soon!