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Originally posted on LaxSpot on 03/05/2008

Whats up Folks?

Im in a pretty good mood today, as it is my birthday SWEEEEEET.  I started the day off with “Power Hour” and then hit the road for some client meetings, and got back just in time for a office lunch honoring yours truly.  Although it was a pretty awesome gesture, they surprised me with one of my favorite meals from BEFORE I started training…It was a sandwich called the Mayflower…16 inches of sub with turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce, BRUTAL.  of course I ate as much as I could as not to be rude, but man do I feel like crap!  The Ladies in the office dont seem to get the training thing, but none the less they are very thoughtful.

OK Back to Lacrosse.  I am starting to get the itch real bad, the other night at WAC practice it started to feel like everything was falling into place.  Im hitting the whistle well, reading my wing play, and getting the ball to the right people after winning the face-offs.  not to mention my intensity seems to have grown immensely, I actually think some of the younger guys on the WAC team are scared of me.  And why not? Im completely mysterious to them. All they know is that I used to coach at WAC, I used to play in the MLL and I am about twice their size, oh and my idea of mental training for the Washington college “x”men it to tell them exactly how much they suck (of course in a constructive yet blunt manor).  Either way it feels good to be more like I was in college, INTENSE.

A few weeks back Trey Reeder from the New Jersey organization sent me a few questions about who I am on and off the field, and today they were posted on the “Pride Website”.  This is when it really hit me…IM BACK.  New Jersey always treated me well, even when I was just out of college, because of this I promised Pete Jacobs (the head coach) that I would get into the right kind of shape to help his team to compete(face offs are an area of concern, as they should be).

I think today will end up going in the category of “set back” once my evening is over, since I am going to dinner with the family tonight and lunch was clearly not the kind of meal I would have normally eaten. However, as a whole I am on course, and cannot see any reason why I will not be ready for this season.

In the meantime HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MEEEEE!

Berry

aka “twentynineandmyhandsarestillfasterthanyours”

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 02/07/2008

OK

So I gave it almost a week but I could not hold back any longer…The freakin g-men pulled it off.  Can you believe it?  Anyway it is still sinking in for me too, but I have to say Karma sure did bite the Patriots in the a$$ this time.  I wont go to far into it, but with all the indiscretions going around about the patriots, I am starting to think that maybe they have been a little too good to be doing it honestly…I mean come on, Peyton Manning calls over 60% of his plays by himself, he is clearly the BEST quarterback in the league, yet Brady is regarded as better. . .WHY?  Well before now it was simple, Brady had won three freakin championships…

Does anyone else think that if the Colts were providing Peyton Manning with the coverages during the games dont you think he would absolutely destroy whomever he was playing against ? anyway I digress…the g-men gave it to the Pats real good this time around, and it still feels great.

On to this weeks workouts.

This week has been tough, I was quite frankly hung over for almost two days after the big game.  I had worked out Saturday and Sunday so I didn’t feel bad taking Monday off (generally I go 4 days on and 1 day off) but even Tuesday was tough.  I worked pretty hard though, in fact I think I was feeling kind of guilty because I had indulged so much, therefore I may have pushed a little too hard.

I have been trying to recover from Tuesdays workout for two days, not to mention my workout with mike yesterday was a slammer, we were pressed for time so we fit a 30 minute circuit into 20 minutes, I thought my legs were going to explode.  Then I went out to the field to beat up on some college boys.  Since they had forgotten the balls I sent a freshman to get them while I did sprints with the rest of them.  Well I called them sprints but since they had just gotten done doing sprints with the rest of the team and I was coming off of a circuit, we all looked a little more like wounded race horses. . OK I looked like a wounded race horse, they were more like Shetland pony’s!

Finally the “Frosh” got back and we went right into live draws, the rules were the same, no letting up until the ball was off the ground.  I have to say for a bunch of tired guys we really got after it.

Today I woke up and it all caught up to me, I was supposed to do another circuit with Mike Duquette but I thought it would be better to hit the bike for a while(to get the lactic acid out) and get a major lift in…that I did.  I have to say the new workout is definitely making a difference, I can actually see the begining of a six pack starting to emerge, and my legs and upper hamstrings are clearly stronger and more defined than maybe ever…now lets not get excited even in my best shape ever I have never had more than a 4 pack, this just means I am starting to get into the kind of physical shape I will need to be in to take on the MLL’s finest.

Anyway tomorrow is going to be the best workout of the week, I am hitting the gym hard followed by some sprints and then going to do some scrimmaging with the team (WAC).  I fully expect to be spent when it is all over.

I will end on this note, although I love the Giants and I love football, I am real glad it is over.  for the most part I do not drink that often.  outside of football season you can expect maybe a beer or two on the weekend and maybe a few glasses of wine with dinner during the week.  This football season really put a tax on me, and it was most definitely hindering early week workouts.  Now it is over, and I can completely focus on diet and conditioning…until next time “ALL HAIL THE NEW YORK GIANTS”.

JB

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 02/02/2008

Whats up folks, its been a few days since I posted, but today I get to write about what I am referring to as “stage two”.  As many of you may have read in the last post comments I am volunteering with the washington college lacrosse team, and today was my first day.

I started with another great workout in the gym, starting with some interval training on the bike, followed by another intense pump with the weights.  Again supersetting and or “tri” setting everything with no rest, except to move from excercise to excercise.  Now it sounds like I am doing a circuit, but it is more like several small circuits with very low weights and fast, high, reps.  I was SPENT when I left the gym…but my day was far from over.

Stage two: WHISTLES

I made my way out to the field and met up with the team, they were just starting stretching, so I had some time to catch my breath, but not long.  Coach Clarke asked me what I wanted to do and we both decided that I would get about a half hour with them to start, including the face-off warm up followed by live draws.  after that I would be taking whomever was not participating in certain drills and going live, one player at a time.

When we first started I grabbed the guys and requested their best effort, no matter how tired I looked I requested that they beat me into the ground, they were simply not to let up, I expected them to fight with me for every GB and make me earn every face-off.  you may think that should be what I expected however in the past when I took draws with them they would stop after I pulled the ball out.  to be honest as far as the draw goes I am far superior, I have more experience, have more training and to tell you the truth draw wise it is clearly a mismatch.  However as I get more and more tired these guys are more than capable of winning some draws.  With there being 4 of them and 1 of me I get tired quickly.  Anyway these guys got the picture, no draw was to be an easy one for me and I promised them when I lost draws I would make them work to get the GB. and make me work they did in dead…they are all smaller and quicker on their feet than me, and none of them like to lose, if there is one thing these guys will help ME with it is getting the ball off the ground.  history tells me that when I am hitting the whistle, my opponents have a tendency to get up and try to beat me to the ball, instead of doing a move.  Great face off men hate when people do this to us…and when these guys at WAC lose a draw they are really good at pressuring me to pick up the GB, needless to say these guys will make me better at this part of the game.

Man, that first 30 minutes was intense, these guys made me work, and I salute them for their effort, it felt real good to get physical.  after that the guys had to do some full field transition, while I did some stretching and some sprints.  about 20 mins later, coach clarke called for me again.  this time I would be taking draws with whomever was not in the current drill, that meant I would have one guy at a time take about 5-10 draws with that player and then the next guy would rotate in…I probably took 30 to 40 draws almost one after the other…BRUTAL

at this point i was SPENT, I got some water and rapped a bit with some of the recruits that were on campus for the weekend, one dude had a towson lid on, so he got the most of my attention…nice kid, good sense of fashion.

anyway to say the least this was a productive day, I got to hear some much needed whistles and got to reconnect with a team what I have alot of love for.

To sum it all up my training is in full swing, I have almost all the pieces of the puzzle in place, and month one is over, three to go!

until next time

OH SNAP, I almost forgot tomorrow is the big day, giants/patriots. . .i can hardly contain myself…lets go big blue!

CAPTAINQUICKWRISTS

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