Endurance. It almost held me back from being drafted and playing on a team. Endurance is where you have to skate 20 laps in a specified amount of time. The times have changed from years past.
My first timed endurance attempt. 6:32. Not good. It was suppose to be 5:00 and under in 2012. I had a lot of work to do. We didn't get to practice a whole lot. I remember this one horrible, horrible practice. The whole time we did ladder sprints. They were terrible and horrible ladder sprints. 1 lap, do 10 situps, 2 laps, do 10 situps, 3 laps, do 10 situps, etc... up to 20 laps. And we went back down. I didn't even make it to the 20 laps. It was horrible. Did I tell you, it was horrible? I felt like I had completely wasted my time going to practice. It wasn't helping me. It was making me frustrated and upset.
Come my second endurance attempt: 5:32. A minute off. But still not enough.
Third Attempt: 5:12
Fourth Attempt: 5:07
Fifth Attempt: 5:04
Sixth Attempt: 5:02
Seventh Attempt: 5:01 WTF?!? Why was I torturing myself....
Eight Attempt: 5:00! Finally!! On the second to last testing day!!
I, honestly, don't know how I did it. The last three attempts were all in the same night. My legs were jelly.