The beginning of the season is simultaneously my most and least favorite part of the season. I'm always giddy with the excitement of lacing up and skating again, along with the change to reconnect with my teammates and this sport we all love. But I'm also sick with dread about the rust.
You know...THE RUST.
That thin layer of disuse that has accumulated over my skate skills during the off-season. And not just my skate skill either. Also my cardio endurance.
I used to hate the rust.
Now I look at it as a sign of a job well done. The rust means that I did my job when it came to taking a break from derby and trying other types of movement.
But once the season starts, I don't want the rust to stick around. I need it gone so that when my first home game hits, I'm skating at the same level that I ended last season on.
It's a little bit like climbing a ladder.
The goal is to gain a rung or two over the course of the season as you attend practices and hone cross training to have the greatest impact.
Over the off-season, we get rusty. We might slide back a rung (or two, even).
If we want to continue improving and avoiding plateaus, then there's a need to climb back to LAST SEASON'S rung to start off this season.
THAT'S WHERE PRE-SEASON TRAINING COMES IN.
Hi, I'm Prime.
World class coach. Okay skater. Intense Introvert. Head Cephalopod.
And before I started studying Exercise Science I was always working too hard in the gym and getting burned out. Or not working hard enough and getting beat.
Since I'm wildly competitive, that just wasn't going to do it for me.
So I sat down in my office with my charts and graphs and red pieces of yarn and started to put together a periodized program that would get me where I need to be for that specific point in the season.
The Cephalopod Squad was born out those charts and graphs.
Turns out it doesn’t have to take hours in the weight room to build strong, athletic new skaters. It doesn’t have to cut into the super important time you spend actually skating.
You just have to do the right thing at the right time.
And these challenges help you do that.