Monday, October 21, 2013

Welcoming a Beat Down

The winter ladder has begun and yours truly is the #1 seed.  Feeling great about that as I have been playing so great this past year.  A few hiccups here and there but overall, my play has been powerful, consistent and successful.  Looking forward to continuing the streak.  Except....

I hear through the grapevine that there are some contenders this year that might push me to the limits and who may steal the top ranking from me.  For me, I welcome this kind of news.  If a player beats me, I am totally open to that experience.  Well let me qualify that comment.  I am fine with losing a match when I know I have played my best.  If my opponent is better than me, I have little choice but to celebrate their success and endeavor to do better next time. 

Losing to someone who just happens to edge you on that particular day is one of the most frustrating feelings for athletes.  I am sure it haunts many of us.  Knowing that you are better but yet being unable to pull your skills and strategy together for a match is not so easily forgotten by me.  It doesn't happen often but when it does.....I am not a nice person to be around.  And you don't have to lose outright either.  SOOOOO many matches have ended in my favor and yet my attitude was foul as I knew I performed well below the standard to which I hold myself.  This happened this past week.  I won but my play was unfocused, nervous and lacked the killer instinct.  Something I had to take note of (literally) and will remind myself of next time I play this person. 

Next match is on Thurs.  I will review my playbook for this player later in the week and adapt my game accordingly.  Will update after.

In the meantime, I am looking forward to playing these new players and seeing the games they bring to the table.  I always welcome a well fought beat down.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Update

I have to say that doing the P90X program at the gym is way way way more exciting than doing it at home.  Sorry Tony.  ;)  Having so many options for your sets ensures that you never get bored.  And as long as you keep to the timing program (15 second breaks), you will still feel exhausted and wiped by the 50 minute mark.  And for some reason, for me anyway, I am always more motivated to work out hard when I know the big boys are watching.  Having motivation totally works.  When you see a body type that you are striving for walking by, it totally gets you pumped to push out those last two reps.  So all that to say, things are going well on the gym front.  Not looking for the finish line, enjoying the laps.

Tennis has officially moved indoors now so I am looking forward to defending my hardcourt league number 1 status.  Over 30 weeks with no losses.  Can I do it again this year?  You bet your ass I'm gonna give it my all.  Blood on the courts!  First rounds begin this coming week.  Let's see who the victims are this year. 

And finally, I have to get the painting studio up and running again now that winter has arrived.  I have a few ideas I need to plan out and experiment with but I am looking forward to some flashes of creativity in the coming weeks/months. 

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”