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!