It’s been a little longer than I’d planned between blogs but I honestly can’t tell you what happened to January, it flew by. And most of February for that matter!
In January the squad went out to Alabama for a training camp with our new head coach. Unfortunately because we were given the dates for this trip quite late, I had already arranged a weekend away with some of my friends. It sounded like the squad had a great time out there and although they didn’t win any of the matches they played, really enjoyed playing against what is essentially an all star international team based at the university.
As for my weekend away, it was excellent and although I’m gutted I wasn’t with the team, I’m glad I made the decision to go with my friends. Basketball takes up so much of my time that I always seem to be cancelling on my friends so it was nice to put them first for a change and I know it meant a lot to them.
Over the last few weeks I’ve been lucky enough to have some free weekends, which is very rare. This has meant I’ve been able to spend some time with family and friends as I know the closer we get to the World Championships, the less free time I will have.
I’m spending a lot of time in Worcester at the moment, especially now I have the keys to my new flat 🙂 It’s such a relief to have a permanent place there now, it means I’m able to concentrate on my training rather than worrying about where I’m staying, where I will eat, etc.
Training is still going well and I’m really loving the set up in Worcester. Although this was severely disrupted last week and the week before due to the flooding in Worcester. The flooding meant that we were unable to get to the Worcester Arena and all of the bookings from the arena were moved to the university. It meant we had to share the basketball court but it was great that they were still able to provide us with court time. The other issue we had was the main bridge in the city was closed due to the flooding so rather than the normal 5 minutes to get from my flat to training, it was taking 30 minutes minimum. But lucky for me it was just an inconvenience, my thoughts are with anyone who has been majorly affected my the extreme weather we’ve been having recently.
Last week we had another squad training camp and instead of being in Worcester as originally planned, the camp was moved to Stoke Mandeville as the floods continued to cause disruption. It was a great camp and it felt like we made great progress as a team. The great thing about the set up this year is that we followed the camp up with league matches. This means we get to practice things we’ve been working on at camp against teams that don’t know how we play. When you continually play against the same people it can be less productive than playing against other teams.
We got 2 wins following camp and although we made hard work of the first match against Jaguars winning by just 1 point, we really dominated the second match beating Celts by 20 points.
Over the last few weeks I found myself completely engulfed in Olympic fever once again and I’m gutted that the Sochi Olympics is over. I even found myself enjoying and understanding Curling. I really have a lot of admiration for the winter Olympians and I honestly think they are crazy, especially those taking part in the Slope Style & Half-pipe events. I’m really looking forward to the Paralympics starting on the 7th March. I know I’ll be hooked once again!
I have a few very exciting weeks coming up. On Thursday I’m travelling to São Paulo in Brazil to check out training venues for a potential training camp later this year. I’m there for just a few days and when I get back to the UK, I’m only home for a few days before we go to Switzerland for EuroLeague. So I will try and keep my twitter up-to date with how everything is going, I’m not expecting to have much free time but I should be able to find time for a sunshine selfie 😉