Sore, Tired

Our indoor rugby session last night amounted to over 90 minutes of stop-start sprinting with ball-handling drills. A hell of a lot of running.

I was already hungry before we got there, but Big T ignored my attempts to convince him it would be more fun to eat instead of train. He keeps me focused, even if I’m still hungry.

Lots of good drills, some four corners, two-on-ones, three-on-ones, and then variations on those some more, then some mauling work. We had a new player show up who I think will be a good fit.

Tuesday’s fitness testing has finally shown up in some soreness in my abs and legs, ever so slightly in my traps. And the running just makes me tired. So I’m a bit stiff today and definitely didn’t want to get out of bed.

Tonight is our first major workout at the Monkey Bar. So look for an entertaining recap tomorrow of me getting my ass handed to me.

Big T has also suggested we do our own MBG-style workout this weekend so we don’t spend four days doing nothing in between the three-day bonanza of fitness. I said sure, albeit a bit grudgingly. I do have a jump rope though that needs some jumping.

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Coaches

Put Me in Coach posted a survey for anyone who has coached rugby before … and it’s pretty interesting. If you have ever coached, go check it out

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Eagle Updates

A few Eagle-related updates for you …

• Help out your Eagles! From Sadeana Green, Manager of the USA Women’s 7s:

The team is doing a fundraiser to help support the program. We are selling raffle tickets to San Diego 7’s (trip for 2 including airfare, hotel, and tickets to tournament or $1000). The tickets are a $10 donation for 1 or 3 for $25. If anyone is interested in purchasing a ticket please have them email me at sgreen24@yahoo.com.

The drawing will be held on January 20 in Little Rock, Arkansas at the National Team Try-outs.

Thanks,
Sadeana Green
Manager WMT 7’s

• Also, this update from the U-20 Eagles … Thanks to Dana T. for passing it along …

U20 WNTCamp deadline is 1/12

COACHES – PLEASE FORWARD THIS INFORMATION TO YOUR PLAYERS. THE DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS SATURDAY, JANUARY 12.

This is a reminder that the U20 Womens National Team Camp will be held in Fullerton on Sunday, January 20. This is the last camp that will be conducted before the final USA invitational camp to select the U20 national team to tour South Africa in June and the U18 national team to tour Canada in July.

The camp is open to female rugby players who are 15 -19 years of age. Players who are 14 years may participate if they have played at least one season on a high school team. The camp is open to players born after January 1, 1988.

Only around five regional camps are conducted every year, and this will be the only camp for California, Arizona, and Nevada. With last year’s camp a success, and with girls rugby growing at a tremendous rate in southern California, national coach Bryn Chivers has decided to come to Fullerton once again.

Registration is available online at http://www.youthrugby.net/2008BrynChiversCamp.htm, and the cost is $45, which includes lunch and a camp t-shirt. Teams or schools sending 6 or more players can make arrangements to mail in a check. Deadline for registration is January 12, and no walk ins will be permitted.

For team registration and any further questions, please contact Ravi Perera at fullertonyouthrugby@yahoo.com.

• I am long overdue in sharing this with you and I know it’s already been out there, but just in case you missed it … via Put Me in Coach:

USA RUGBY and the IRB need to SEE that women not only participate, but support their own programs in order for the women’s final to be played in Petco park.

There are two ways to do this:

1) If you are going to USA 7’s for any reasons, to watch anyone – buy your tickets from Kim Brock at USA Rugby.

2) If you want to play 7s, Kim Brock will help arrange for you to find an opponent and you can play on the 7th/8th … FOR FREE! That’s right FREE!! And then get your spectator tickets to USA 7s through Kim for the big event Saturday.

If we can show enough interest in the women’s game, the women’s International Final can again be played in Petco Park. That’s cool. Let’s try and make it happen.

The official words:
As many people already know, the San Diego 7s event in rapidly approaching. It is the largest International rugby event hosted in North America and a stop on the iRB’s 7s World Series. This event will take place on February 9-10 at PetCo Park, home of the Padres, in Downtown San Diego. This event features 16 of the Worlds best 7s teams including New Zealand, Australia, England, South Africa and your USA Eagles!

What you may not know is that on Thursday and Friday the 7-8th there is another event running in conjunction with the San Diego 7s known as the San Diego Invitational. There will be nearly 50 rugby teams in town ranging from youth, high school, collegiate and Masters (AKA old boys). Also, as a part of the San Diego Invitational, there is an International Women’s 7s event featuring teams from Samoa, South Africa, Canada and most importantly, the United States Women’s National team!

Last year the women’s final between the US & Canada was played at PetCo Park in front of 15, 000 spectators who were there to watch the men’s event and we are really hoping for this to happen again. This is a tremendous opportunity for women’s rugby, not only here in the states, but internationally as well. In order to make this happen, USA 7s is asking us to show that the women’s rugby community supports their National Team.

How do we do this?
The San Diego Invitational has all age levels, but for the most part, only male participants. Women’s senior and collegiate teams have not shown interest in participating. I am not sure if this is due to lack of knowledge or interest in the event.

If we, the women’s community, can band together and show that we are participating in the San Diego Invitational and purchasing tickets to the USA 7s event (at a discounted group rate) it will help the USA 7s make the decision to have the women’s final inside the stadium once again.

How does the San Diego Invitational work/how does my team get games?
On Thursday and Friday we have 8 fields available all day long. Your team can challenge another team from a different territory or you can submit your interest to Kim Brock and she will work on matching you up to another team who has shown interest. We can work out a round robin format, short halves, full matches or whatever you want your matches to be in order to get you to the event.

There is NO ENTRY FEE to play in this event!!! PLEASE FEEL FREE TO PASS THIS MESSAGE ALONG TO ANY AND ALL TEAMS WHO MAY BE INTERESTED.

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Nomination

I would like to nominate the clementine for the “Coolest Citrus Fruit Ever” award.

Seriously, I love them. They are small, portable, juicy and easy to peel. And don’t have seeds!

And when you find them on sale, it’s even better.

Seriously, go find some and eat them. They are awesome. And good for you.

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Monkey Bar – Day One

Holy crap, do we have a lot of ruggers taking our Monkey Bar classes this year.

This is my third year of taking the rugby classes with our trainer Chad. Day one we always do fitness testing to set the bar, if you will, for improvement. I have recently decided that I like fitness testing. Because I like to see myself improve over time. We’re going to do some basic testing on our team when we head outside for practice too, so everyone can see where and how they have improved by the end of the spring.

I did better than I thought I would in some aspects. I am a serious weakling in others. All in all, I was slightly surprised that I had my natural strength considering I have been a very lazy butt since October. And when I say “lazy”, I mean pretty much nothing since our last game or practice. Ugh.

I ran a surprisingly decent 14.92 second 60-yard shuttle. The slower girls were running 16-second times while our fastest were in the 13-second range (who are both awesomely fit and gifted athletes). My time was only slightly slower than one of our speedier players, so I was kind of happy. It probably helped that I ran against the Goose.

My balance tests were awful. We have to stand on one leg, with our arms crossed over our chest and our eyes closed (hard to do!) for 60 seconds. If you wiggle too much, lose your balance at all or touch your foot down, you get a point. You count all of your points at the end. My left leg had a 4, while my right had an 8. I’ll have to start doing my balance exercises again while I wait for the bus. A good way to work in some strength while I’m just standing around.

I was not so bad in the pull-ups, but I did the 90-degree pull-ups from the ground versus the full-weight hanging style. I know I couldn’t get even one on those, but I had 14 in the 90-degree. The 90-degree pull-ups use a rope with two handles hung from the ceiling (or a monkey bar in our case) set to chest height (Boobs!). You lower your butt down to the floor, arms straight up to your handles and you feet out in front of you a bit, so that when you pull yourself up, you move straight up, you power up with your legs helping through your heels and your knees don’t move forward. Whereas, the traditional pull-up is the one where you hang off the ground and just pull yourself up. Yup, not working for me. But we work the same muscle groups, so there is – literally – nowhere to go but up. (I know, horrible aren’t I?)

Push-ups were my worst. Got to do them with proper form. My full plank was only 7. That said, they were full plank and not on my knees. I would wager the vast majority of you who think you can do a “a lot” of push-ups aren’t using proper form at all. Suckas. Abs in, back straight.

Later, I used the power-wheel to do pike-ups and had a 6.5. I fell attempting my 7th, because I didn’t keep decent form (which means I’m done). You start in a plank with your feet in the wheel, then pike your butt up into the air, bring your legs in under you. It’s pretty tough. Although, I’ll take that for now over having to do the crawl on the wheel. I nearly vomited on that one last year.

We also had to do a weighted-throw with 20-kg balls. My chest press throw and my backwards throws were decent, a 17-foot and a 15 or 16 I think. Not too weak, but could be better.

My walking lunges holding a 12-kg weight in each hand sucked horribly. I only made it about 12 yards before I was done. But that’s a bigger weight than I initially wanted to use, so that’s pretty good considering. My knees were not bothered, but boy were my legs not happy. They did not want to move up. The goal is to do walking lunges, touching each knee to the ground in proper form (meaning feet/knees straight, not moving your knees past your toes, etc.). HARD!!

So, tonight, we have our team indoor sessions. Lots of running and ball-handling. I need that cardio badly, but I know I will be sucking wind. Hello, inhaler! Worth pointing out, it will only cost me $5 for all eight indoor winter sessions. $5!

Thursday, I’m back at the gym and I’m not looking forward to the big workout, but the sadistic inner rugger in me says bring it on. I hate that bitch sometimes. But the gym and all of our teammates make it worth it.

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Monkey Bar Starts Tonight

Tonight’s the first night of our Monkey Bar Gym classes for eight weeks. Fitness testing tonight and then we hit it hard Thursday night.

Plus, for the next eight weeks, all of our rugby teams will have indoor sessions on Wednesday nights.

Three nights of rugby-related workouts a week for 8 weeks.

Wow.

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Grow

Found via Post Secret.

Inspirational for a new year.

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