Around 10 years ago I discovered what might be my all time favorite book. It’s called The Artist’s Way, by Julia Cameron. The subtext is A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity. Prior to this book, I would never have considered myself an artist. Artist’s were people who could paint, or sculpt, or play a musical instrument. I was an accountant, and I couldn’t do any of those things. (more…)
On a Myers Briggs test, I score as a P, not a J. For an accountant, this is very unusual. A P is someone who likes to keep their options open. A J closes down options. Neither is better than the other, they are just different personality traits.
I bring this up because the “what’s next” for me is to decide what I am going to do with the year of taking better care of myself. (more…)
Today I am 49 years old. Usually birthday’s don’t bother me at all, but this one is affecting me. I’m not entirely sure why, but I have some ideas. Part of it may be that I am now the same age my mom was when she passed away. She seemed so much older than I do, but maybe that’s just the perspective we have of our parents when we are young.
Another piece is that I know I am at the crossroads of another transition in my life.
I had another good week. This is my 3rd straight week of hitting over seven hours of exercise a week. My cycling is starting to pick up, both in spin classes and outside. I roughly cycled 60%, walked 20%, and strength trained 20%. It was a good mix.
Here are my 2008 Fitness Goals:
- Exercise 365 hours – an average of an hour a day. It is my personal dedication to Sweat365.
- Have a 35 inch waist. By waist, I mean as measured around my belly button – where it’s the biggest. Currently my waist is 43 inches.
- Blood Pressure consistently at 120/80 or better. Currently running around 135/85.
- Lift using 225 pounds for 12 reps on Back and Chest.
- Climb Mt. Shasta June 26 to 29 (Over 14,000 foot, in Northern California).
- Complete RAW Bike Tour August 3-9 (visit 4 volcanoes, over 30,000 feet elevation gain).
January is always a tough month for me. It is usually one of the busiest times for me at work, and their always seems to be a lot going on. It is also the darkest, rainiest, coldest month as well.
Translation: I didn’t work out as much as I hoped I would. I ended the month with roughly 20 hours of exercise, and I was shooting for an hour a day. I also didn’t do as much high intensity workouts as I had planned. Nothing to panic about, I have plenty of time to get it together.
2008 YTD Activity
For those just getting started in volleyball, nothing is more important than learning how to pass the volleyball. Exchange is a volleyball drill that works on team passing. Not only do they work on keeping the ball in play, but they also work on calling for the ball and working with their teammates.
There are two teams, one on each side of the net.
Each team has four players, a setter (at the net) and three backcourt players.
After each dropped ball, new players can be rotated in.
Ball is put in play by the coach
Players can use forearm passes (bumps) and overhead passes (sets), but may not use overhand hits. This is a passing game.
The side must use all three hits in order to score a point. If they get the ball over the net in less than three hits, play continues, but they do not get a point.
Start with this game. Each side of the net works together. The goal is to score 10 points in a row, keeping the ball in play the entire time (remember, you only get a hit when the side uses all three hits, but the ball stays in play even if they use less than three hits). Give the team a set amount of opportunities to get 10 points in a row (usually 10-20). If they use up all their opportunities without getting 10 points in a row, then they all run lines. This game requires both sides of the net to work together.
A more advanced version is to have the two sides compete. Points are scored the same, but keep track of each side’s points. It’s minus 1 if the ball goes out of play, and minus 2 if they let it hit the floor. Play to 21, and the losing team has to run lines.
A third variation works if you have enough players. Each side competes against the other, and the side that loses is out and a new group comes in. These games are fast pace and should go to 5 or 10.
Remember, working on advanced skills won’t make a difference until you have your basics down. Nothing is more basic than passing and keeping the ball in play.
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