Tryout Update

As we enter club season, this blog will continue to be about my training rather than about my team.  Still you guys should at least know who I’m playing for.  I mentioned that I was going through tryouts in a few of my posts last month.

When I began this blog I assumed I would be playing for Blue Route again this year.  Blue Route was a first year womens team from Philly and we were eliminated in the game to go to nationals last season.  Unfortunately, Blue Route disbanded at the end of April.  Since then, I have been trying out for Scandal from DC who placed sixth at nationals last year.  I did not make the team but I will be practicing with them.   I am still not sure who, if anyone, I’ll be playing with for the club series.  Needless to say, this is all a bit… disappointing.   And it has not been good for my training or my motivation.

Nevertheless, I will continue to document my training to finish out the year.   I will still be playing in tournaments with somebody.   I still have to survive and thrive during four hour weekend practices.   I still want to be quicker, faster, stronger.  In that sense, nothing has changed and so my training schedule will remain the same.  The season ain’t over yet.  I plan to be in peak physical condition for whatever opportunity presents itself.

Thank you all again for reading Melissa’s Ultimate Fitness.   This project is among the many reasons I have to continue to take my training seriously despite the fact that my season is not turning out at all as planned.



6 comments to Tryout Update

  • I can definitely see how that’d put a bit of a kabosh on your motivation. I’m feeling similarly right now, with no major tourneys ’til July (and I’m not even sure I can make it yet, so it could be AUGUST. Ugh).

    I’ve always found being a free agent kind of invigorating though – gives you the wherewithal to step up and organize a group, or otherwise try and find a group of ringers to latch on to. This is perhaps harder in women’s (though I’m guessing plenty of coed teams would love a competent female handler!)…at any rate, thanks for posting! you’re much better at keeping up than some other lame blogger I know…

  • rrudnic

    Want to come play some mixed with a fun VA team?

  • M. Gibbs

    Melissa! You’re awesome! Keep up your training…if you need a break to refocus and indulge yourself for a moment do it…then get right back in it. For someone who is about to make cuts for a team in a weeks time trust me…I know there are going to be worthy and hardworking players that won’t make the team. Everyone has something to offer and I know you would prove it to any women’s team upon a second opportunity. I wish you luck with your current Club season and hope you get hooked up with a good team. You’re great though and your blog is great and you’re doing a good thing in increasing knowledge and exposure of the right way to train. Ultimate has always turned out to be a worthy cause to devote yourself to (in my opinion.) If you don’t get your due now, keep working and you eventually will. Hard workers always get what they deserve! Keep up your unselfish devotion to the sport and I’ll keep checking in on your workouts because I love them and recommend your blog to everyone! I especially started loving the video postings:)

    Okay…that was tad full of exclamation marks but I meant every word…keep it up and good luck!

    -the other Melissa

  • Aww, Thanks guys! I appreciate your understanding and encouragement. Have no doubts, I’ll make something good out of this season one way or another!

  • rrudnic

    Melissa, when you get back to posting will you talk about what track workouts you do in terms of distances, reps, rest time, etc. I think everyone is gearing up for track workouts if they haven’t already started.

    • I am back to posting this week! Right now I’m focused on my vertical jumping. I don’t really do traditional track workouts. (By “traditional track workouts”, I mean the progression from 400’s to 200’s etc, etc) I don’t think track workouts are terrible. Just maybe not the most completely applicable training method. But hey, many players use those types of workouts successfully. If it works for you, great!

      I go about it thinking, “what athletic quality am I trying to train?” and them pick my method.
      For endurance, I do intervals.

      For speed, I do very short sprints with full recovery.. Usually I do these on grass in cleats. This allows me to rotate uphill, downhill, and flat grass workouts.

      For speed endurance, I do higher speed intervals, Tabata sprints, or shuttle runs. My shuttle runs are usually 150 yards w/ cones 50 yards apart. I think when I started training I started with only 3 reps with 90s rest and worked my way up to 6 reps. then back to 4 reps with 60 s rest.

      Dude, this reply is like a post in itself. I’m back in the game I guess!

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