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West Coast Trips: How To Survive Them

Ugh.  It’s West Coast road trip time again for the Red Wings.  For those of us who work a typical “9-5″ job or go to school all day, this means staying up until 1:00am (and usually later if I’m really happy or really pissed) and then waking up early (for me, it’s between 6:15 and 6:30am).  For this trip, the Wings play back-to-back on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.  Fantastic!  Just for fun, I’m going to post what I do to stay alive during West Coast Trips.

Try and think of how you handle the West Coast games.  If there’s something you do that’s different that could help other Wings fans please share.  We’re all in this together!  I will now share my routine for late night games. 

I get home from work between 4:30 and 5:00pm on a typical work day.  I’ll usually have a small dinner and watch TV until about 6:30 or 7:00.  I then attempt to nap from 7:00 until 9:00pm.  For a 10:00 game, this gives me an hour to become awake, acquire/prepare appropriate beverages and food type items, and check the internet for any relevant information for that night’s game and other NHL news.  I will then tune into Fox Sports Detroit and watch the pre-game show, or watch the end of another game if there’s one on, while still attempting to wake up 100% for the Wings game.  Sometimes, I will make tea (not a coffee drinker) to get me going.  I don’t like doing this as it might keep me awake after the game, but watching the game is more important.  After the game, depending on what has transpired, I will attempt to go right to bed.

The next mornings are fun.  I will awake at my usual time and just give in to the fact that I will have to make two cups of tea to survive the morning.  I’m usually pretty good at work until lunch.  After I eat, I basically become useless.  I’ll usually go buy a Mountain Dew or an energy drink  just to make it until I can go home.  Now on this trip, with a back to back, I’ll probably nap right when I get home until about 8.  If I nap too long, I won’t be able to sleep after the game.  I’ll then do the usual food/beverage stuff and all necessary internet-ing before the game begins.  Afterwards and the next day is pretty much the same as before.

So now after two days of West Coast games, I’m exhausted but now am used to staying up late.  This means I will do my best to go to bed early on Thursday, but will probably fail since my body is all out of whack.  Fun stuff!  You know what would be awesome and get the Wings a better travel schedule and me more sleep?  Re-alignment!  Oh wait…

Anyway, that’s what Kevin does for West Coast game.  How do you survive these games?  Let me know by commenting on here or yelling at me on Twitter.

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