Well, HELLO ALL!
After one week of practice, I am still in one piece. I was off THREE MONTHS, and played only once at the local volleyball sand courts facility. No injuries praise God, but naturally I went through some sore days. I feel so incredible blessed. I have to share with you “my secret.” Really no secret at all but my being off from volleyball, doesn’t mean that I stop doing all physical exercise. During my “down time” from playing volleyball I continue to workout lifting weights, doing cardio and I try to include some yoga though I don’t do it nearly as consistently as I should. In my lifting session I included some of the movement that I would do in volleyball for instance side lunges, squats… The other important point is that because of my work ethics my coaches would tell me to sit out the final drill or trusted me when I would ask to sit out the final drill. The latter is most difficult to do (taking myself out of a drill) but I’ve learned to do so in order to avoid injury. But most of my coaches are really good about not putting me in that position, even then it is difficult to sit out watching my teammates work hard. When I am out of a drill for recovery purposes or just out of the drill waiting to be rotated in, I make sure I am encouraging. cheering or giving input (usually with blocking or hitting) to my teammates, shagging or handing balls to keep the drill flowing…
Other news…Jenny Lang Ping, the USA National Team Head Coach, announced the 2006 Grand Prix roster. It is always like music to my ears when I hear my name called as one of the three traveling middles! We will travel to Poland, Macau, Thailand and Italy if we made the final round. Now I have to continue to work hard and be productive to get back in the line up.
Thanks again for all of your support and prayers,