This month has definitely been a month of sore muscles! Last month we had a mandatory holiday for 2 weeks just to recharge our batteries before we start our final push towards London 2012. Holidays are obviously a good thing - you get time to relax, be with your friends and family and recover mentally and physically from a tough season. However, there is a downside - a MASSIVE downside! The first few weeks back can kill you...
We started our first week back with a camp. As expected, this proved to be a big challenge - every layup left like a 3-point shot and the court felt a mile long. I think it's fair to say that to start with everyone was still in holiday mode, but we all worked hard and tried to keep the quality high. After 3 long days of training it was time to go home and rest... I wish! It was time to go home, sleep and get up bright and early to train the next day.
Despite this, I must admit that apart from the obvious aching muscles, it felt good to be back training and at such a high standard. That was until we went back into the gym, where we had a new coach and gym programme. The funny thing was that the coach's opening words at the start of the session were: "Don't worry, we'll go a little lighter and ease into things" - YEAH RIGHT! The session was so hard that I didn't actually leave the car park afterwards for at least an hour, as I was too sore to move, let alone drive. It has now been 2 days since that gym session, and with 4 court sessions in-between and another gym session, I can tell you that I hurt like mad and can't even lift my arms above my head! But hey ho, it will all be worth it come September next year.
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