Back in the Game
Monday, November 26, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
The pace in today's games was faster, and I found it hard to keep up. I was assigned to cover a nineteen year old basketball player, so he cut to the center often, beating me to the ball in time to put it in on a lay-up. I received a lot of good coaching from my teammates, but we ended up losing the series 3-2. most of the baskets scored were on me as defender. I can't say i was slacking off. I just was not fast enough to get to the ball in time to make the play. Eventually, I asked a fellow team member to switch with me. I took the slightly older-but-still-young fellow teacher, and I was able to block one pass and intercept another, even though those turnovers did not amount to a win. The tips I received included the idea that I need to keep from overplaying my opponent while I am on defense. I can stay two pass lengths away while I scan the offense to see if they will go to my opponent. As the ball gets closer to him, I need to move closer to him as well. without overplaying him. Once I commit, he can blow past me. I also need to keep my feet on the ground while defending, without jumping up, because once I am off the ground, he can rabbit his way to the basket.
My hamstrings are yelling at me right now because I have gone two days in a row of high-energy basketball after several days of rest. My goal is to get consistent about lifting again so that I can work back up to the levels I had attained before the constocondritis set in. The hard part is to get into the weight room after getting up early, playing basketball, and then teaching for six to eight hours. It is possible to overdo the exercise aspect of life. My weight continues to fluctuate around 178 lbs, but the loss of muscle mass may be what explains the loss of about 4 pounds on the scale. The real test comes when tightening the belt or putting on the shirt. If the clothes are looser, it does not matter what the scale says.
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