With work commitments and a lack of training partners took the easy option and just put in a long upper body gym session at lunch time… Little else of note went on
Hit the pool for an easy 500m session then headed out to Raider territory for an U/18’s school game. Appointments came out with just one game, match of the day which is a replay of last years Grand Final, Dragons v Raiders with The Tin Man and Quasimodo on the lines. Hopefully Raiders put in a better showing then last week.
Managed to get back into the gym and do another decent workout in the early afternoon before heading to the stadium for training with the referees squad, was a fairly easy session with us having a mini-Olympics theme although trying to get simple tasks undertaken became difficult with groundskeeper Willy stuffing up consistently.
Day 6 - Game Day
Hit the gym for a short sharp arms and chest workout in the morning. After lunch met up with The Force for a few laps at the pool end up stepping up to 750m a good step up from our previous efforts, knees still providing some issues so will be sticking with low impact sessions for now as much as possible.
Day 5 - Recovery
Game Day came and went with little fan fare, the opening of the Raiders new ground was a minor sideshow . My 17’s game was a forfeit, first grade was a one sided contest with Brothers taking it out 60-0. A few minor knee niggles contributed to a passable but not superb performance on my behalf, will take a couple of days of recovery due to these niggles and my work schedule and be back at it Tuesday.
Game Review Round 3 - Sharks vs Dragons
A nice rest day today to prep myself for tomorrow’s game trying to ease out the ache’s and pains…. Another overnight shift tonight sleep patterns out of whack for a few more days yet, will be interesting to see how/if it effects performance tomorrow
Day 4 - The Pain Begins
Overall good performance by the team after reviewing the DVD definitely need to work on my urgency on kicks and in the red zone, this will be my focus for Saturday’s game. Other than urgency good team effort in a reasonably high scoring affair
Day 3 - ANZAC Day sessions
Started off the day with a pretty intense gym session covering chest and arms. Caught up with The Force after lunch for a 500m swim with a timed lap as the finish and set a new PB of 36s (look out Eric the Eel). In the afternoon made the trek out to Bear country to referee an under 18’s school match which was an effort for me after such a big first week of training. Appointments came out today for Round 4 doing a 17’s centre and also 1st grade Raiders v Brothers, I am especially looking forward to this as it will be the first games on Raider’s new multi-million dollar ground. My flag bearers in first grade will be Quasimodo and Ernie (again he and Bert have been separated for the sake of everyone’s sanity). Congrats to Ernie for his first appointed First Grade match… Now for a few hours shut eye before rousing myself for a dog watch shift.
Went for a swim in the morning, managed to step up to 600m (not bad for a guy who sinks like a rock…. Plenty of room for improvement) then got into the gym for a fairly brutal leg and core session which I am sure I will pay for tomorrow… Now off to work!