21 July 2007

Intermediate A

I passed! Despite many clear differences between me and the teenagers otherwise populating the class, I tested well enough in the clinic skills to gain two levels, Basic AA & Intermediate A. I got the clinic patch and the Basic A level stick last year, just for surviving the week. As a returning skater this year, I actually had to show I could do certain skills at the end of the week. The minimal amount of nearly falling over I did while testing was probably canceled out by the downy fresh scent of my hockey sweater, which shocked the instructor (if you've ever been into a skating rink, you'll know that hockey players - even girls - are not known for smelling good).

Chris was very tolerant of my moaning throughout the week (two hours of power skating a day is ouchy) and extremely supportive. Kath, you'll be encouraged to know that I needed a little kick to find the good thing mid-week...Chris filled in with the suggestion that I was the only clinic participant who could recuperate after the session with a nice cold beer, particularly one served by an attentive spouse willing to rub my sore legs. Despite all the pampering, I've asked Chris to try to remember to talk me out of it when I forget all this pain and try to sign up for this clinic again next year. By then, maybe it'll be time to start putting the kids through the torture mill instead of me...

6 comments:

Joy, of course said...

You totally rock. You should be very proud of yourself. Those babies have nothing on you.

So what does it mean that you moved up two levels? Will you play in a different level now?

karen said...

No - I'll always play in the "beer league," even with my accomplishment patches. The achievement sticks are mainly jacket decorations I'm proud of. Chris and the kids are proud of me for it, too! I just hope the kids remain proud of my I-A rank, even when they blow by me toward the Elite sticks when they are 13... :)

Grandmoo said...

Congrats! In counting "good things" did you remember to count being able to say you've been to Sabres games in Buffalo, or that you're quickly becoming "great for your age!"? I'd also count, you got through with no broken bones!

Spice Girl said...

Can I be proud of you too???

Joy, of course said...

Oh, I totally think they are going to think they have the coolest mom ever...a mom who can play hockey with them, and smells good to boot! How many other 13 yr olds can say that.

sister k said...

too cool! congrats!!! i ache just reading about it...those kids you trained with should be so impressed! it's like the mullen moms :)

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