Different game day rituals
Playoffs are approaching and with them the feeling that each game seems more important than the last. I don’t really have a ritual for game day, just try to eat right and get enough water–being dehydrated will REALLY affect performance.
Speaking of performance, I’ve heard both women and men say they abstain from any sexual gymnastics on game day, to conserve energy and preserve focus. Which I find hysterical. Truly, we are crazy for hockey.
As for mental preparation–I don’t listen to special “get psyched” music on the way to the arena anymore. In the first days of my hockey career, I used to listen to Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy.” It was loud and earnest and passionate and summed up very nicely how I felt about being headed to play a hockey game: full of joy.
These days, I don’t listen to anything specific, though I DO feel 80s hair bands are the ULTIMATE hockey music! I’ll try to get to the arena early so I have time to kit up and then stretch out–more so than for a pick up game. Some teams will have music in the locker room, though this seems the exception rather than the norm.
That’s all I can think of; I’m pretty pragmatic and boring.
Anybody have any interesting and useful (or superstitious) game day behaviors?