Gallagher Blog: Army Veteran Puts Union Through 'Judgment Day'
The following blog written by Union goaltender Kate Gallagher appeared October 9 on the Women's Hockey Life Web site.
By Kate Gallagher
Hello to all!
Hope this blog finds everyone amongst some fresh fall air and lots of head colds and runny noses. A true sign that the hockey season is upon us. FINALLY!
Our preseason here at Union was fairly short this year. Like a week. But it was a week full of fitness testing and lots and lots of ice baths. Our fitness testing includes benching, one legged squats, chin ups, vertical jump, and a 300 yard shuttle run test. Spanning over several days, this usually leaves us tired but thankful when we leave the rink that day. Watching the freshman on testing day is always a hoot. This year, a few of them actually could bench a small house so it was decently remarkable to witness. My freshman year I think I benched 75 lbs maybe twice and went to do the squat test with what my current bench max is and I collapsed under the weight. My bambi legs and my pride needed ice after that one. None of us had ever hang cleaned before. Not that it’s a common thing to even think of doing with a barbell. But still, we learned on testing day and almost killed ourselves when several of us took a backwards tumble to shameville. So I’m happy to report that Union hockey has come a long way in the weight room.
Complete blog can be accessed via the Women's Hockey Life Web site by clicking here.