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On Saturday I got back to New York after a 7-day cruise through the Caribbean with Emily. It was probably the most fun week of my life. Up to this point, my foreign travel has consisted of hockey trips to Canada, and one accidental journey through part of Mexico during a cross-country drive with my brother. We spent one day each in: St. Thomas, St. Maarten, Antigua, St. Lucia, and Barbados.
If you know me at all, you know I’m exceptionally boring. On an average week, I’m busy with something kinesiology or training related for about 14 hours a day, about 4-6 of which is spent reading. I get about 7-8 hours of sleep, and spend the last 2 hours eating the same foods (pepper, onion, and cheddar cheese omelettes, ground turkey, spinach, broccoli, and smoothies). Some would call me a workaholic. I wouldn’t disagree. I just happen to enjoy my work, so I don’t mind putting the time in.
Having said all that, Emily made it clear that no constructive work would be done at anytime on this cruise, which was an ultimatum I agreed to without hesitation. I needed a break. It was time to relax and branch out. It was a week of firsts. Last week, for the first time ever, I:
It was a great break from reality. I’m already looking forward to my next escape 🙂
Hockey Training Take Home: Take a break every now and then. You’ll feel well-rested and rejuvenated, allowing you to get back to training hard and making progress.
Kevin has rapidly established himself as a leader in the field of physical preparation and sports science for ice hockey. He is currently the Head Performance Coach for the Boston Bruins, where he oversees all aspects of designing and implementing the team’s performance training program, as well as monitoring the players’ performance, workload and recovery. Prior to Boston, Kevin spent 2 years as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for the San Jose Sharks after serving as the Director of Performance at Endeavor Sports Performance in Pitman, NJ. He also spent 5 years as a Strength and Conditioning Coach with USA Hockey’s Women’s Olympic Hockey Team, and has been an invited speaker at conferences hosted by the NHL, NSCA, and USA Hockey.