Competitive Thread was in town to put the Oilers through a RHIET test at training camp on Tuesday morning. The nerves started to sink in after practice.
“When practice was over I was so nervous,” Nail Yakupov said. “I don’t know why, it just always happens with me. You just start to think about it. But you’ve just got to do it like Dallas says, just put your head down and skate as hard as you can.”
RHIET stands for Repeated High Intensity Endurance Test. The players skate the length of the ice down and back a number of times with limited rest between sets. It becomes a daunting task after the first couple of sets.
“The first two sets are actually not that bad,” Leon Draisaitl said. “It’s just up the ice and back so it’s not that bad. But numbers three, four, five and six are when you really start to feel it in your legs and start to feel the burn. It gets pretty tough from three on.”
Yakupov added, “You’ve just got to skate as hard as you can you have to push yourself, that’s the thing. It’s easy but at the same time it is really really hard but it’s just three minutes. You just think that it’s just three minutes and then it’s over. We push hard and I think the first two was easier then the third and the fourth were really important and really tough so you’ve got to push and then the last two, you’ve just got to make it down.”