I actually can’t believe it’s been almost 3 weeks since my last blog, how time flies when you’re having fun!
Its been a very busy few weeks.
First stop having got back from Austria was a tournament against the Dutch at the University of Wolverhampton, Walsall. It took place over 3 days and involved 5 matches against the Bronze medal winners from London 2012. Although I’m not back playing matches I went along to train with the girls and to act as a mentor to some of the young rookies. The training didn’t go quite as well as I’d hoped as my shoulder flared up after a high five, quite a good indication that my shoulder it ready for playing yet!
We knew it was going to be a tough tournament and the Dutch didn’t disappoint. Both teams were missing key players from London however that didn’t deminish the quality of the matches, especially the last match which was a high scoring, high quality match. It was fantastic to see the rookies playing well and some other players taking on new roles. You can find the round up of the tournament on my Head-to-Head news page.
There is nothing like being away at a tournament, it is definitely my favorite bit of being an athlete. There is a such a huge contrast between the stressful, serious nature of matches and the downtime which will either be sleeping or relaxing with team-mates, whatever you as a player need to be able to be at your best for the matches. For me it was always sleeping but anyone who knows me know that I do like to sleep!
After my few days in Walsall, it was home for one relaxing day before a week in the Intensive Rehab Unit (IRU) at Bisham Abbey. As the name suggests, it is a facility that offers injury rehab and believe me when I say the intensive bit is very intense. 5 days of 9-5 rehabilitation completely tailored to your needs as an athlete. This was my second visit to the IRU so I knew what to expect but this time I was further along in my rehab journey so they pushed me even harder than before…I loved it! For the first time since before the Paralympics I was allowed to lift weights and pretty heavy ones at that. I was also allowed to push properly in my basketball chair, before now I’ve been pushing very tentatively to say the least. I even did a 3 minute max test, so 3 minuted pushing as fast as I could, which was used to program my interval training for the next 4 weeks. A fantastic team and I’m so grateful for all their help!
I spent the following weekend sleeping a lot!
And then we come to the week just gone, I was ready to hit my new training sessions hard but instead I got an ear infection and I’ve only managed to train one day since finishing in the IRU. It was a pretty crazy day of training involving a lot of press ups, supine pulls ups and intervals after which I had a lovely bath to soothe my aching muscles but my ears had another idea. I have an ongoing history with my ears but it has been a very long time since they’ve been this bad. I’m happy to say I’m over the worst of it now thanks to the antibiotics I’ve been given but its been a very difficult week.
So what is to come in the next few weeks…well we’re off to Sheffield on Thursday for a training camp. I’m hoping to be able to do more at this camp than previously but still won’t be able to join in with the game play. Very frustrating but I have to keep reminding myself that if I want to make it to Rio then I need to look after myself now. Immediately after the camp GB Coyotes have a match at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield against Leicester Cobras, come along and watch if you can, 3pm tip off.
It’s getting late so I’m going to love you and leave you. Enjoy the rest of your bank holiday weekend <3