Getting Back into the Game
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Weight: 177. Once again, I could not bring my team to winning status over a stretch of about 5 games. I had the opportunity to shoot twice, and missed both times. One other time, I received a pass and took two steps. I was able to put the ball into the basket. Someone on the other team called ‘traveling,” but then they said “we’ll give it to ya.” So I guess I had two points for the day. I did better on defense, but still, the winning basket for the other team was scored by my guy, who has an almost no-miss 3-point shot. I felt like I let the team down, but anybody guarding the guy could have allowed the shot. Earlier on, during game one, I blocked my guy’s pass twice, but neither time was I able to capitalize on the turnover. A missed shot and a strong pass where I overcompensated my receiver led to follow-up turnovers. My team mates were stingy with the ball, but I also was not able to get into the open in a way that would give me a good look at the basket, so it’s no wonder I only had two attempts at a shot throughout the day. I did have two rebounds and two deflections that led to my team taking control of the ball.
The head count for today’s session was about 17, so even when we had to shoot for open positions twice. My free throwing kept me in the running, but eventually I missed, so I had to sit sometimes two consecutive games. Free throws don't appear in our pick-up games because fouls result in turnovers or take-overs, but here's where the free throws come into play. My free-throws have been improving, but my competitors usually hold out longer than I do from the foul line. As usual, I would run or take practice shots in the auxiliary gym. I experienced some pain on the right pinky, but the other digits made it through without any major damage. I was especially concerned about the left pinky, but the time off from playing has helped healing. I have some movement in that digit, but bumping it in the wrong way is very painful, so I will wrap it up when I get home.
I was so tired after lunch today that I needed to take a 15 minute nap in the nurse's office. I guess my body is in transition from sleeping late back to getting up at 4:45 AM My power nap was exactly what I needed to revive myself.
The Seated Pull Down
|Exercise #8: The
Seated Pull Down |
I don't know the official name
for this exercise, but since I am seated and pulling down the weight, I
will call it the seated pull-down. It is very close in nature to the lat
pull-down, but the hands are placed on the bar in a underhand grip
facing the body. It is optional, though, to do the pull-down with an
overhand grip with the palms facing away from the body, putting more
emphasis on the triceps. If you stay with the underhand approach, you'll
isolate the biceps as well as the latissimus (lats) muscles along
the sides of the upper back.
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