Welcome to my midlife crisis! It seems fitting that my first real post will be dedicated to hockey. At the age of 41 I have decided to start the sport. Am I sick in the head? Perhaps. I am I just looking to blow a knee? I will risk it! Hockey has been something that I have wanted to do my entire life. As a little girl I played pond hockey in my white figure skates on a neighbor's backyard rink. I have always wanted to be on a team but back in my day, girls didn't play hockey.
As a grown up, my desire to try it only got stronger. I am grateful for a few girlfriends who are just as crazy as I am and who are up to the challenge. We went from saying we want to try hockey to we signed up for hockey! We found an adult program called Just My Speed or JMS for short. They offer a 6 week class to work on the fundamentals. It is the perfect thing for a bunch of newbies or as new players under the age of 8 are called "Rookie Mites".
Never in my life did I ever think I would own a "nut cup". Technically, for women, they are called pelvic protectors or a "Jill". It is a very necessary piece of equipment. Since I have the maturity of a 12 year old boy so I giggle about having to wear one. Don't worry I didn't ask anyone to kick me in the crotch. After all, it was only the first night. I still can't get over I am in a sport that requires that level of "protection".
After the novelty of the "nut cup" wore off, I had to finish getting dressed. I know from getting my kids dressed that there is a certain order that the equipment has to go on:
- Nut Cup
- Shin Guards
- Hockey Socks
- Breezers (Hockey Pants)
- Shoulder Pads
- Elbow Pads
I got dressed in that order and when I got the the skates. I ran into a little problem. I couldn't bend over to tie my skates. I could not reach my feet. I couldn't get to them no matter how I contorted my body. Finally, I took off the equipment above the waist to see of that would give me a bit more leverage. Nope. By now I am dripping with sweat and breathing like I just ran a 4 minute mile. It was quite the workout. I had to beg my friend to tie my skates for me. She was very sweet and didn't make fun of me (to my face). When I had everything on, I looked a lot like Grimace.
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I didn't know what to expect when we hit the ice. I was a little scared because I thought I may have used up all of my energy getting my skates tied. For the first 5-10 minutes we skated in a circle warming up. Two laps around the rink and my rear end and hips were seizing. I guess I am a bit out of shape (understatement). Then our coach lined us up and made us do several skating drills to work on our fundamentals. Not to toot my own horn but I thought I did really well. I used my edges and balanced on one foot. I even learned to to a modified hockey stop in both directions. I only fell once and it was a good one that may have registered on the Richter Scale. The coach said to jump and if we didn't fall, we weren't working hard enough. I did my due diligence and I fell. Hard. At that moment I was grateful that I looked and felt like Grimace. Every drill I wanted to do better than I did it the first time. Before I knew it the Zamboni door was open and it was time to exit the ice. It was the fastest hour of my life.
Great exercise....I am so sore!
It was really fun and it didn't seem like exerciseI can't wait to do it again!
As long as we are on the subject of hockey...I will close with this photo of my daughter skating at the US Pond Hockey Championship Youth Night. Minnesota can truly stink in the winter. Tonight made me LOVE living here. The weather was perfect! This event is held at Lake Nokomis in the heart of Minneapolis. There were over 20 rinks set up on the lake. It was pretty spectacular!