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Back at it…

The dreaded Yo-Yo

The dreaded Yo-Yo Test

The title says it all… After some baseline fitness testing for the boys last week out at UBC, we finally got to pick up the sticks again on Tuesday. It has been a long 5 weeks since our last game at the Champions Challenge in December and although we have been busy on the treadmill and in the weight room over the holidays there is always a special soreness that comes after the first on-field session back. Luckily a few ice baths, roll outs and maybe a yoga session or two over the next week will help sort that out.

However, despite the soreness and cold January weather there was a good competitive atmosphere at training, which I think has been aided by the introduction of some new juniors into the fold. Although maybe not quite as dramatic as the addition of Portman and Mendoza in Mighty Ducks 2 each of these young guns bring something to the table and generally increase the level of competition at training. In my mind, competition is a healthy thing in any team training environment and will only serve to push guys to train harder on and off the pitch.

Overall I think it’s been a promising start to the year and I am looking forward to see where guys are at during our first inter-squad match tonight…

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New Year, New Blog

Well here goes…

For starters, building and maintaining a blog is something that I have been stewing on for a while now and thinking back on it I guess I had a few good reasons to hold out, including a major lack of website building experience, a little nervousness about what my friends and teammates would think (shameless self promotion anyone?) and I guess an overall feeling that what I had to say wouldn’t resonate with anyone in particular.

However, the more I have thought about it and the more time I have put into building this site the more excited I have become about this new opportunity to express myself, my thoughts and my goals as I move into a new 4 year cycle with the Canadian Men’s National Field Hockey Team. Missing out on London last summer was an unbelievably tough pill to swallow, but to be honest and to the credit of our group we have rebounded well from that disappointment and have used it to fuel us in our trainings on the pitch and in the weight room. (Or hiking / doing wind sprints / piggy back races up the side of Cypress bloody Mountain – although the view might have been worth it…) IMG_0277

I am pumped about this new cycle but know that, in order to be successful moving forward, we need to professionalize our training environment as much as possible, and I guess this blog, as well as serving to update my friends, family and fans on what our team is up to, is a way for me to articulate and hold myself accountable to both my athletic and scholastic goals. Essentially if I write it down and tell the world about it I better be doing it!

I’m kind of feel like I’m throwing myself in at the deep end here so would appreciate any comments, questions, concerns that you might have…

Stay Tuned!

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