Winter break is over! And that means a return to the track for many derby players. As you work to shake off the cobwebs, and maybe a few extra pounds from holiday food, here are a few things to keep in mind.
1. Don’t be so hard on yourself. If you’re like me, you didn’t do a heck of a lot during December. Feeling out of shape is typical. Obviously, you won’t be skating at the same level you were before the break. That’s fine. It will come back to you.
2. Don’t look behind you so much that you forget to look forward. If you spend all your time at practice (and after practice) berating yourself about not playing better, you will lose sight of improving.
3. Be nice. Maybe you did spend all of winter break training. That’s fantastic! But don’t make those who didn’t feel bad. Sometimes players push their bodies so hard during derby season that they really need that break to recover. Remember to encourage your teammates.
Getting back into the swing of things takes a little time. Be patient, with yourself and your teammates, and you’ll get there.