Friday, 14 May 2010

WUCC 2010

Hello again, a little update? This season has been pretty strange so far for me. With MT3 this weekend I see the end of the mixed tour while having not played a single game. All the while training 4 or 5 times a week and getting fitter, faster and stronger and leaving the memories of my injury as just that, memories. Weird. Really loving playing again, and can't wait for the beginning of the open tour where I'll be playing with Tooting Tigers. I already know I can only make the Sundays of each tour, but I can't wait to give my all over a one day period consisting of probably three games. Deadly serious when I say we want to challenge the top 4, bring it...WUCC 2010? yes please. A last minute drop out from another country has meant that Thundering Herd got a last minute bid to WUCC 2010 and yours truly has just booked flights and a place on the squad. What an experience that is going to be...

Writing has taken a back seat since being back from injury but as the Open Tour starts we'll see if it picks up again, nice to see a few other UK Ultimate blogs have popped up in my absence!

I'm going to be one half of the coaching team for UCL Ultimate next year too. I may write about that in the future if I think it will be interesting but mostly just looking forward to playing hard again. I'm down to a 12.82s 100m sprint and improving each session. Don't let me mark you because I will get the D.

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

7 weeks to mixed tour 1...

It's looking like I'll be playing at MT1, I really can't wait. I've upped my track workouts to at least 2 lengthy sessions each week. I do fartleks, tabatas, core work and throwing if I go with someone else. At least once a week I go for a swim and twice a week to the gym alternating between upper and lower body. Then on top of this I started going back to actual training sessions, monday and wednesdays. Sure it's just my uni team and I go more as a coach figure than a player but I find I'm now able to play, somewhat, in the games.

I've got an image in my head that I'm aiming for, I'm on D and I'm completely shutting my man down. He can't get free whatever he tries and every time a disc is thrown to him, I beat him to it. I'm just faster and in better shape than he is.

So that's the vision...I find it helps to focus on when the burn starts to kick in and I've still got 8 x 100m at 100% to go.

I'm willing to give it a real go, the time investment on the track, the determination and the motivation to be better than my opponent. After almost 6 months (?-dont care to check anymore) of not playing I feel so close to getting back out there and having the opportunity to give 100%. Everything that has happened with my knee is just history and bad memories and I can almost leave it all behind and just look forwards.

Windmill Windup 2010? Mixed nationals 2010? Open nationals 2010? Hell yes.

Friday, 1 January 2010

Happy New Year!

2010...should be interesting. The closer I'm getting to being back at 100% post ACL tear, the less enthusiastic I am about writing about Ultimate. Its been 133 days since I last played a game of ultimate. I'm very much out of the Ultimate Frisbee way of living where weekends are mostly spent training or at a tournament, most parties are with frisbee friends and most travel is frisbee related. Just need to vent...give me a minute. I'm still motivated to get back to playing but with (what feels like) so long away from it all, I think I've started to forget why I care so much. I'm swimming, running and cycling at a good level everyday, I could compete in triathlons as I am but could I play ultimate yet? no...regardless of how well I can travel in one direction there's still a high risk of re-tearing for at least another couple of months if I play ultimate. It's such a bitch!

Not playing has, as expected, resulted in my not feeling the need to talk about UK Ultimate on a regular basis. I'm now just thinking about being able to get back on D...