Practice was really fun today!!! Have lots of work to catch up on now, but glad I went :) (And also I splurged on an uber back to lab instead of taking the bus.) We did this awesome endurance workout that's *kind of* like endurance circuits I did in undergrad, but on skates! So we'd skate 3 laps, then do 30 crunches, skate 3 laps, 20 pushups, skate 3 laps, 10 burpees (learned how to do burpees on skates!!!!!), skate 3 laps, 30 seconds of plank, and maybe I'm missing one but those were most of them.
Then we did lots of pace-line stuff, which is where you all skate close in a line and do stuff like weave back and forth between people. I felt like I'm keeping up with the pace better now even though it's a faster pace, and I'm not as afraid to do crossovers when I'm skating in a group, which is good! I had one hard fall when a teammate used me to stabilize herself going around us (you're supposed to use your teammates a lot, and the fact that she used me means that I look more stable now!), I wobbled, caught myself, but then lost my balance again. It was the hardest I've fallen so far, and I took a break from drills, which I kind of felt bad about, but now I have a huge goose egg on my hip, and so I feel like at least there was a reason I felt like it was a hard fall. But hopefully I'll toughen up soon :)
Then we practiced transitions, and I did my first transitions while moving at a decent pace. Also practiced stops, other stuff, now I'm getting tired/should be working and I can't remember what else we did! Some blocking drills and stuff.
Was very awake at normal bedtime, then woke up early... Boo. And I think this might be the highest resting HR I've recorded since getting my fancy fitness tracker.
Forgot to mention yesterday that my knee didn't give me any trouble at practice. This morning waking up I felt something not quite 100%, but seems fine w lateral pressure/ITB stretching motion, so seems like whatever it was, it wasn't the same as the thing that hurt when I did speedskaters. And now feels 100% after having gotten out of bed. Yay California winters for keeping my legs happy!
4 people at practice today, so got to do a bit of endurance!!! Did fun drills where we alternated between skating at 70% speed/sticky feet and then core, then also practiced stops including kneepad stops, driving (forcing another player off the track), jumps (not very good yet), and probably other stuff I'm forgetting. I also practiced transitions some more and crossovers some more. Can actually do transition-toe-stop suicides now on the basketball court!!! Will be a fun drill if I can find a court to practice on at home :)
Also managed to do another side-flop on my hip today. At least it wasn't my back!!! Got lots of comments about how I'm better at falling now :)
Last day of the conference! Went to some sessions that were very different than my own work--the point of going to this conference, which is much broader than the one we go to in May! It was good, and I got a broader understanding of some work that's going on in the field.
Afterwards, got poutine and donuts and walked around in Stanley Park w my PI and some grad students in my department. Would've been a good opportunity to catch some pokemon/hatch some eggs if I'd had data in Canada!!!! (PI later let me use his data for Pokemon purposes while we were in the cab to the airport, but no matter how un-hierarchical our lab is, I still would've felt guilty using up all his data the entire afternoon.) We also walked by the bald eagle tree, but no bald eagles.
Also: left knee felt slightly sketchy at some points during the day. Doesn't seem like a kneecap thing--seems more like it may be from doing the speedskaters after I'd gone running in the cold. (Had a sharp pain while I did those that I forgot to log.)