Ugh. I feel like I got run over by a freight train. Okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but I am feeling pretty rough. I had a soccer game last night in the blazing heat and sun. It was a decent game, but seemed to get progressively more rough as everyone started getting more worn out and sluggish from the heat. There was a lot of nudging and elbowing going on. It was rather entertaining to watch….that is until it happened to me. I was attempting to inflict my insanely low-level of defense on a member of the opposing team by going after the ball. I was of course looking down at the ground because I’m not nearly talented enough to look up at the field while trying to handle the ball. As a result, I didn’t see the full on attack that was barreling at me from my right. A girl came running for the ball and leveled me….instantly and effortlessly.
It was nothing like this, but what a rowdy bunch!!
It was more like this. Please…..don’t hurt me anymore. Here, have the ball. I won’t bother you again, I’m sorry.
I was really sore last night when I got home, and was secretly hoping that I didn’t do any serious damage. I didn’t though, just a sore knee and some mild neck and back pain. Yeah….I think I even got some slight whip-lash as I went pummeling to the ground. Apparently being able to lift heavy weight does absolutely nothing for your ability to stand upright. Good to know.
Luckily, today is a bench day so I won’t need my gimp knee for much. I hear that we’ll be adding in pauses today in preparation for the meet. This will be interesting. As I’ve mentioned before, you have to pause at the bottom of your bench press in a meet. It’s really a pain because it reduces the amount of weight you can lift. And there’s the whole issue of staying tight and flexed through your entire body while the bar is stalled on your chest and you’re waiting for the ref to tell you to press. I’m beginning to understand the importance of staying tight and hoping that I’m going to be a least a bit better at it the next time around.
My other challenge is to work on my arch. I’m horribly inflexible and it shows in my lifting. I try to have a big arch in my back when I bench, but I fear that it’s somewhat pathetic. It’s supposed to look something like this…
I didn’t even know the spine was capable of that sort of movement. Apparently contortionists and power lifters run in the same circles. Who knew.