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Hey All Laxers,   Time for a new beginning in our Nation’s histroy as President Obama takes office, with that said on a personal note I am also entering a new age……..30 yikes, Today is the first day of the high school season for us here at Pine Crest. It is so much earlier than I am used, but that is what you get for living in a place with unparalleled  weather, plus high school spring football doesn’t help.   I am looking forward to seeing what athletes I have and will try hard to build some gems. The beginning of a season can be overwhelming as you look ahead at the grand scale of how much needs to be done.  The best thing I find to ease the anxiety is to take one day at a time. Wish us Luck!

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 10/23/2008

Hi everybody (saying that makes me feel like the cheap doctor on the Simpsons who always seems to pop up and say that).  Anyways, I hope that everyone is doing well and excited for the week to come to an end and the weekend to begin.  I wish that  I could say that I had some exciting plans for the weekend, but I dont.  Last weekend we (Trilogy Lacrosse) had tryouts for our North New Jersey Middle School and High School club teams.  It was a huge success with almost 200 kids coming out to compete for a spot on our teams.  Although the weather was a little cold and I was severely under dressed, the turnout was great and the effort the kids played with was great to see.  The tryout lasted both Saturday and Sunday, but I was only there for the Saturday session, I had a tee time on Sunday (probably the last of the year) that I needed to get back for.  After a bad outing of golf (as usual) and a Ravens win, Sunday ended up being a great end to the weekend.

This weekend, I will make the trip back up to New Jersey only this time to the Jersey Shore where we will have our last day of our six week fall lax program.  This program was meant to spur some interest from some of the lesser experienced laxers on the shore and prepare them for our Jersey Shore club team tryouts that take place next weekend.  After a long day Saturday of driving up and back to NJ, it may be a mellow night Saturday with a blowout on Sunday for the Ravens game.  Its been a while since the boys played a home game and after this week, they are back on the road for 3 or 4 straight weeks.

Other then the Trilogy work and school, I have been trying to get myself ready for the indoor season.  I recently signed with the Philadelphia Wings and training camp starts soon.  I am not going to say that I look forward to the training camp, but I am looking forward to getting back out and playing.  With Haloween being next week, I may not check in until the next week, but I will be sure to have some stories for the next blog.

Any good Halloween costumes??  Unitl next time, take care everyone….

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 01/23/2008

Well Ladies and gentleman, “The time is now and the place is here”.  This is aquote from my favorite series of books by Dan Milliman.  This particular quote comes from “The way of the Peacefull Warrior”  and I suggest all athletes and competitors get a copy.  This book changed my life when I needed it the most. Just after my father died when I was 19 and just starting my sophmore year at Towson, a great friend (Jim D’Annunzio) gave me a copy of this book, and it helped me not only get past the pain of my fathers passing but taught me how to overcome physical pain as well.

Which leads me to this weeks post.  While in college you practice for at least two and a half hours on the field and another hour and a half in the weight room, and if you were like me you spent the beginning of the season in the breakfast club at 6:00am with Coach Ross, because you did not make the “run test”.  When it was all said and done you averaged four hours a day doing something athletic.  Presently in the year 2008 at age 28 (29 in March)I am trying to fit four hours of exercise into about an hour and a half…BRUTAL.  Not to mention my recovery time is NOTHING like it used to be.

SOOOO “The time is now”  last evening was my first Plyo’s and power movement session of the week.  Now I am not positive but I think my trainer was trying to make a point.  I was not hung over from a GIANTS game, I was not tired for over working, I was actually feeling pretty good, and I let him know that before we started.  BIG MISTAKE.  We started with some pretty simple “ladder drills”  you know one foot in, one foot out, that kind of thing.  Followed by some of that dynamic stretching, so far so good!  Finally we started the Circuit training, WHAT circuit training was not part of this deal, but apparently I do not reserve the right to complain.  The “deal” is that I trust my trainer to get me ready and I dont ask questions…BAD DEAL.

OK back to “The time is now”  about half way through the FIRST round in the three round circuit, I started to black out, you know seeing stars, legs locking up, muscles completely failing, GOOD TIMES.  As I was trying to keep it together long enough to make it through the “power pushup” part of the circuit, I simply fell on my face.  I truly didnt think I could do any more of them, I could not see two feet in front of me, but I could hear Mike (my trainer) saying “Dude, you got this, come on”  and it reminded me of the book!  it was at this moment that I had my first thoughts of failure, or thought that maybe I was too old for this, in short I was actually doubting myself.  Now anyone who knows me knows that I am, well a little bit ummm, lets just say, self confident, yeah thats right ,self confident.  So as you can imagine this feeling of doubt was not a good one for me.  As I lifted myself up to my feet and was about to say something retarded like “dude, I need some water”  I noticed that Mike was looking at me like, he knew I wanted to quit, so he made the decision for me, he just started counting down from ten (this means its time to move on to the next excecise), and we just moved on.  With the quote “The time is now and the place is here” running around in my head it became quite obvious that I needed to get through that circuit right then or I would never reach my goal. And Get through the circuit I did, and I very well could have called it a night after my workout with Mike, but I even found the energy to make my way down to the weight room, and pounded out some serious weights.  I drove home completely drained, slept like a baby, and woke up feeling alot less sore than I thought I would.

I now remember how it feels to really want something, to push yourself just a little farther than you think you can.  I remember that physical pain can be overcome with the drive to succeed, and training my mind to think this way again will be hard but it should not take too long, as I am certain that I can still take it to the next level!

Unitl next week

CAPTAINQUICKWRISTS

P.S.  GIANTS BY 4 IN THE SUPERBOWL

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 01/22/2008

Well ladies and gentleman, Week 1 has begun and i could have waited until the end of it to fill you all in but i figured my experience so far was too good not to tell you about it.  Last week i went in for my physical and body fat testing.  brutally honest, my trainer was.  i believe the words he used were “fat, but not too fat, i think we can drop 30lbs and 2 waist sizes”, so what will i do with all my freaking work clothes, that crap is expensive.  what a p***like i didn’t already know i was over weight, now i am really motivated.   anyway he gave me my diet parameters and gave me until Monday the 14th to get ready. Being a huge ny giants fan it was hard for me to stay focused on Mondays workout, i definitely ate and drank way too much while watching then pummel the hopes of the cowgirls, and come Monday afternoon it was evident that i was struggling.  it took  t minus 10 minutes before i was receiving a tongue lashing from mike duquette my personal trainer.  apparently he does not share my passion for the giants.  anyway we kicked it all off with some dynamic stretching, and apparently that stuff  is harder than it sounds.  5 minutes into this thing i was gasping for air and praying that a water break was coming, and that was just the warm up!  then came the plyo’s and thera bands.  it was pretty intense, i felt like i was in a myoplex commercial or something… this guy never stops talking about lean muscle mass and fueling your body like it is a machine.Needless to say when it was all over i had not remembered working that hard in probably 7 years, since i was at Towson.   it feels good.  by the way i weighed in at 234 pounds one week ago, today i weight 230, its awful interesting what the right diet and a little conditioning can do for you!ok i will check in again next Monday.  remember my goal is 200lbs by april 25th wish me luck!

Justin berry

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 10/09/2008

I hope that everyone is doing well….I know its been a while, but I have been busy moving (I never realized how much crap I had) and getting settled into the new house.  We have moved from Federal Hill across the Inner Harbor to Butchers Hill.  It has been an interesting move to say the least and it is tough getting used to new surroundings.  For starters, parking is miserable, if you get home past 7, you are going to be lucky if you can find a spot that isn’t three blocks away and unfortunately, the gym is no longer a block away and I had to buy a bike to get there.  The bike has made things a lot easier and I have enjoyed the exercise riding to and from the gym.  Mason has managed to adapt well and seems to be enjoying Patterson Park as much as he did Riverside.

Now on to lacrosse…Last week I signed a free agent contract with the Philadelphia Wings and was protected by the Washington Bayhawks, so it looks like one more year of pro lacrosse.  I have come to the conclusion that this may be my final year playing lacrosse unless things go well and I have a good year.
This weekend we have a group of MLL players playing in a DII tournament against Ursinus and Michigan at Genesse Valley that benefits the Huntington’s Disease Foundation.  Brian Myers was a teammate of mine at Towson University and his dad is suffering from Huntington’s disease and this tournament is a great opportunity to raise money for a good cause.  If you have a chance, please come watch some great lacrosse and support a good cause.
Another former Towson teammate and current Long Island Lizard Danny Cocchi is getting married tomorrow night and we are heading up to Long Island for what is sure to be a great time.  This should be an incredible party and it is going to be great to catch up with a lot of friends that I haven’t seen in a while.
Thats it for right now, I will get back in touch next week and fill you in on the wedding and the tournament.

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 09/16/2008

Well, I am now three weeks into being back at school and is has been nice to get back into a routine.  Dont get me wrong, the summer was amazing and I love the travel, but at times, it is nice to settle back into normal life.  Being back and settled in allows me to get back to the gym which has been very nice, travel can take a toll on working out.  I will say though, it is tough to go from not working out in about a month to jumping back into it at full speed.

With school bein back in session, that means it is only time for my second favorite time of the year (after lacrosse season), football season.  What an opening to the season it has been in both college and pro.  USC look absolutly unstoppable, but will the get complacent and have a mind lapse against a lesser opponent…Will Oklahoma make it through their difficult schedule of the Big XII to take on the Trojans in the National Championship?  Those two teams are my favorites at this point, but it is early.

The NFL is also off to a good start with teams that were supposed to be good, being terrible, and teams that were supposed to underperform, winning.  The Ravens looked better than expected in week one and I think that the whole city is “Wacco for Flacco.”  The big question for them will be if they can bounce back from the Hurrican Ike ordeal to make a run that includes no bye weeks and 5 straight road games in 35 days.  If they can get through it, watch out AFC, the Ravens will be back and be a force to be reckoned with.

On top of football, its time to get back out and play lacrosse again.  The BILL (Baltimore Indoor Lacrosse League) started last week and despite having a young team, DeWalt should be able to challenge the top teams in the league.  This past Saturday, the alums of Towson, Maryland, and UMBC made their way out to Genesse Valley for the second annual alumni lacrosse tournament that goes to benefit former Maryland coach Dick Edell.  It was a great event again this year and it was great to see all of the guys and participate in an event that goes to such a great coach and person.

Thats all for now, talk to you again soon.

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 07/10/2008

How is everyone doing?  I am checking in from the Ramada hotel in beautiful Wayne, NJ.  I am up here this week for our (Trilogy Lacrosse) ”training camp” for our club teams before they head up to Mass for a tournament this weekend.  Well, its game week and it is a big one.  Saturday the Bayhawks head up to Rochester to face one of the toughest teams in the league.  The Rattlers are pretty interesting to watch becuase they play box outside.  The team is full of dominant indoor guys who like team Canada at the World Championships two summers ago dominated by playing that style.  They are a tough team with a lot of fire power, but if we stick to the game plan and play the way we are capable of playing, we should be fine.
I will try to check in next week again from same hotel as I will be here for our day camp next week.
Until next time……

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 06/27/2008

So after a week on barely no cell phone service, internet, and no TV, I am checking in as a member of the Washington Bayhawks.  Early this week, I got a call from Dragons GM Doug Locker informing me that I was traded to the Bayhawks to play under Jarred Testa who I played for in Denver in 2006.  I must say, it is always tough getting traded, but I am excited about the new oportunity in Washington.   At this point in the season, I would much rather drive 45 minutes and have a chance to play than fly six and a half hours across the country to not get a chance to play.

This week has been a good one.  We had our second overnight camp of the summer at Oldfields school outside of Baltimore and as I said above, the cell service was terrible, we had no access to the internet and no TV.  Believe it or not, it was kind of nice to take a step away from society and the kids that came to camp were really cool and wanted to learn.

Onto the weekend, the Bayhawks face off against the Barrage and I am excited for the first game with my new team.  Right after the game I will have to drive back to Baltimore because we have another camp in Baltimore this week that starts on Sunday.   The camp runs until Wednesday and the Bayhawks have a bye next week,  so that means I will be able to have a few days in Baltimore, something I havent had since May, before I head to the Jersey Shore on July 6th for another camp.

I hope everyone has a good one and I will try to check in next week.  If I dont, have a Happy 4th of July.

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 06/20/2008

Whats up everyone.  I know that it has been a while, but I have been sans computer for the last three weeks.  Once school was over, I started my Trilogy camp circut and have spent the last two weeks in Austin and Houston, Texas with weekend stops in San Jose and Denver.  I am finally home, even if it is only for a few hours.  I got time to throw a load of laundry in spend some QT with Christie and Mason before I head up to NJ for the Dragons/Pride game tomorrow night.

So, the last few weeks of camp have opened my eyes even more to the growth of lacrosse in the non-traditional areas of the country.  I have been going to Texas for the last three summer to coach kids at camp and this year I was blown away.  The kids in Austin and Houston have really been working to be better players and in two years, I feel that a lot of these kids will be finding their way to DI rosters.

As for the Dragons, we are sitting at 1 and 3 and unfortuently I have not been playing.  I wish I could give a reason why, or even knew why, but I am really not sure.  I have been traveling and practicing with the team, and have done whatever I can to help the coaches and the younger guys, but it has been tough not getting on that field.  Hopefully that will all end soon.  Sadly, it wont be this weekend, but hopefully it will be soon…
Sunday starts another stretch of travel with four straight weeks of camp, I will try to check in.  Have a good one and enjoy the summer.

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 06/03/2008

Its been a couple weeks since my last post, so I am going to blast you with this one since it may be a while until I can post again.  I want to start by congratulating Cuse on winning the championship and Mike Levielle winning the Tewarton.

The Dragons faced off with the LA Riptide on Saturday in our home opener at San Jose State Universtiy and unfortunately lost.  It was a hard fought game on both sides but we came up a little short.  I did not play because I am nursing a bruised quad that happened in the fourth quarter of the Chicago game two weeks ago, but I should be out there this week when we face off against Chicago again, this time at home.

My summer starts on Friday, and I cant wait.  The weather has been getting hotter and it has been feeling more and more like summer everyday.  On Friday, I start my 16 day lacrosse tour, by heading to San Fran to play Chicago on Sunday.  After Sunday, I will be in Austin, TX for our Trilogy Camp until Friday when I fly to Denver to play the Outlaws on Saturday.  Sunday, it is back to Texas, only this time to Houston for another Trilogy Camp until Friday when I fly back to Baltimore and drive rite to New Jersey to play the Pride on Saturday.

Seems like a lot doesnt it?  Believe it or not, that is only the beginning.  I will try to check in and let everyone know how the travel is going.  Wish the Dragons luck, we need to get off this two game losing streak.

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