Hi there: Chris Collins here. I’ve got a funny story I’ve got to share with you.

The other day I had the cable guy up to our new house for an installation. As he was leaving he yelled back in the house ‘Chris, there’s an animal in your car!’. Well, my wife and I don’t have any pets.

So I ran outside and checked under the car. There was no animal in sight but I could see some droppings so I believed what the cable guy was telling me.

I thought I would get my car keys and by unlocking the car maybe the animal would get scared off. But that didn’t work.

So I sat down in the passenger seat thinking the sinking of the car under my weight would do the trick. That didn’t reveal any animal nor did laying on the horn.

I’d come this far and figured I might as well start the car and pull out on to the street. If there was anything hiding around my car surely this would scare it off.

But after parking on the street there was still no animal to be found. And now I was looking at the cable guy with the look of ‘you still sure there’s something in my car?’. And the cable guy insisted there was.

And the cable guy suggests I pop the hood. I figure I may as well to will rule out that there isn’t anything in my car.

I was half distracted as I slowly lifted the hood half way up and peeked under. Nothing there. So I lifted the hood all the way up and a marmot popped up!

I’m pretty sure the cable guy screamed and I did too. Then I slammed the hood shut!

I just trapped the marmot, and maybe hurt it, by slamming the hood down. And now I’ve got to pop the hood again and try and get the marmot out.

Well now as I’m poking my fingers under the hood to find the latch all I can think of is a rabid marmot ready to scratch and bite my fingers for slamming the hood on his head. I’m trying to peek through the grill but I can’t see him.

The cable guy and I devise a plan to quickly pop the hood and then shoo the marmot out from under the hood to solve the problem.

And we succeed at this but then create another problem. The new problem is that I left the driver’s door open and the marmot ran in the car.

In the end I opened all the car doors and the marmot gradually shot out and headed over to the neighbours.

A couple hours later when my heart rate had finally recovered I thought about you and your hockey training. Specifically that there are three different energy systems to train for in hockey and depending on your game, position, fitness and level of play you want to put varying emphasis on each of these energy systems.

For the quick short burst efforts you want to develop the ATP-PC energy system. This energy supply is good for up to 8 seconds of all out effort.

Or you might want to be able to maintain a high level of intensity throughout a shift which lasts 40 seconds. Obviously this is much longer than 8 seconds of all out effort but is still fairly intense. And for efforts of this duration and intensity we want to put some effort into developing our anerobic lactate energy system.

And lastly you want to make sure you have a solid aerobic foundation. Besides the goalie, no player is on the ice for 60 minutes. And even then the goalie has vastly different skating requirements than a forward or defenseman. But your aerobic energy system serves a purpose for the rare time you have to kill off a 5 minute major and can’t make a change. As well, it helps you stay warm and loose during breaks in play.

For complete and total hockey training development look to work on the energy systems described above. And let me know what you are doing for your energy system development and how you get the heart going. Hopefully it doesn’t involve marmots!


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