Week 11 – Goodbyes and the  Varx Select

When I first started back at hockey 3 years ago I was unsure about how much my skill level would have diminished over the years I was away. I joined the Varx in the hope of joining in to improve and build my fitness. I was very unsure of myself. But I remember the turning point at the time was when a long time respected … Continue reading Week 11 – Goodbyes and the  Varx Select

Week 8 – Always a Falcon

As I stepped onto the ice on Varx training it was for the first time since I had signed for the Falcons and made my debut the previous evening. Players from the Falcons train with the Varx. We had set up a drill that we also used in Falcons. Instead of shooting from the middle we started to shoot from the side. I followed suit. … Continue reading Week 8 – Always a Falcon

Week 7 – The Week I joined the Team

Despite this being the beer league a lot of people on the team take there fitness seriously, or, like me, they are fighting age and trying to return to a time when they were at the peak of their physical condition. It is in this endeavour that the drop a stone in a month challenge started. Two players challenged each other to lose a stone. … Continue reading Week 7 – The Week I joined the Team

Week 6 – Legs and Glide

“They hone their skills by playing each other, Saturday after Saturday for as long as anyone can remember.” Mystery Alaska The preseason matches are booked and everybody is itching for more ice time. This week there are more Falcon players on the Aardvarx than usual which is good because it raises the bar for Varx players. When I train I got into the habit of … Continue reading Week 6 – Legs and Glide

Week 2 – Back on the Ice 

Finally I get to get back on the ice. As I get changed someone enlightens me that it has been 4 weeks since our last training session. For Christmas I got a new stick. A Nexus 9000. There are two differences between this stick and the last. The first is the length, my previous stick I cut down really short. The basis for this was … Continue reading Week 2 – Back on the Ice 

Week 1 – Ice withdrawal

“Coach Bombay: Haven’t you guys been training in the off-season?  Lester Averman: You know, I knew we forgot something.” – Mighty Ducks 2 So this is week one and I’m already a little nervous because I havent been on the Ice for 2 weeks. I feel like I have gotten very fat and slow and until I get back on the ice I don’t know … Continue reading Week 1 – Ice withdrawal

One week left to the Great North Run

So since February this year I have been in training for the Great North Run. This is one of my milestones and boy has it come round fast. After getting out of breath running up and down the stairs to running a fairly consistent 5K plus a day I have a come a long way. This is a great achievement personally but today I want … Continue reading One week left to the Great North Run