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Originally posted on LaxSpot on 03/24/2008

well ladies and gentlemen, we are about four weeks away from training camp, and it is crunch time.  i have increased my cardio, continued to push myself in “power hour” and to be honest i continue to crush the weights.

i recently realized that this was all working when i decided to throw on a shirt that i have actually have never fit into. another gift from sofletes from a few years ago.  he got me a large, and said it was because i was a meathead and figured i would want something tight…i think he got the large with the intention of letting me know that he thought i was fat.  either way i am officially willing to wear this shirt in public(well at least in the gym), it reads:

the first rule of “ioc” is:
you dont talk about “ioc”
the second rule of “ioc”:
you dont talk about “ioc”
and if this is your first day in “ioc”:
you have to fight

Just a little spin off of a great movie (fight club).  by the way “ioc” is a recon marine unit (at least i think) and yes i do know that it was made for meat heads to wear but hey i think i am a meathead at heart.  dare i say “metro meathead”…i am defintely a “metro redneck”.  anyway i love that i can wear a large and at worst i look like one of those jerks inthe weight room in a wife beater, who is doing curls in the mirror, grunting, and taking frequent water breaks at the water fountain near the yoga studio, i love red bull.  ok i think you get the idea.

lets get down to business.  today i got an e-mal from trey reader of the new jersey pride, wanted to know what size jersey i wanted, uhhhhh hello xxl.  and for cryin out loud how many options do we really need for elbow pads…some of these things freakin things cover your whole dang arm..what ever happened to taking it like a man?  i have requested the absolute smallest elbow pads that are available, and the smallest shoulder pads that warrior makes, even though i have no plans on wearing shoulder pads.  what about the shafts?  ummmmm, dont they just sell titanium anymore?  oh, you mean there are 400 different variations of titanium and several hundred “alloy mixes” out there…i chose two shafts that i never plan on using…red diamond thingy-ma-jiggers, that will be traveling to southern md to my wifes cousins, that is of course if they dont already have one.

now to the heads…i mean i dont have a freakin clue about the heads…i use an edge that i baked in 2001 and a blade that paul cantebene gave me since they are hard to come by anymore(the original blade mind you) soooo what is a “clutch” and a “truth”?  nevermind i’ll just take one of each, by the way in the case you were wondering i would like my ferrari in black, thats right baby dont forget the navi in that joint.

huh, you arent buying us cars. . .what about an apartment for the season? no d***ok well i at least get a signing bonus dont i?  huh?  well i know i get a new helment and some new gear, that and the oportunity to smash heads with some dudes that i quite honestly believe are over rated (no names, sorry).

the count down has begun, in the next couple of weeks i will be pushing myself to the limit.  i would love to hear any of your comments, on how you like to get ready for the begining of your season.  how do you relax, get pumped up, and how do you get your mind in the right place to compete for a whole season of pounding it out on the field?

hopefully some of you can give me some suggestions for how to get geared up that i dont already use…thanks in advance!

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