Tuesday, December 8, 2009
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Thursday, August 20, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
It has been 2 weeks since my last post and I apologize for my tardiness!! Unfortunately internet has not been accessible in both Marseilles, France and Klagenfurt, Austria as the internet in the hotels crashed due to so many players and refs getting into it.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
I write from my sunbathed hotel room as the Sputnik sun sets late this Wednesday evening. Today was qualification Wednesday for the FIVB World Tour and I unfortunately am reporting a close but devastating loss to Latvia in the first round. Devastating in the fact that it is a team we should have beaten and I am so frustrated with the result.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
It is important to keep focused on our ultimate sporting goal, but it is also crucial to stay light hearted and burden free as we compete each week. Here is an example of one of the ways we like to have fun and balance the yin and yang of our sporting travels!!
This past Saturday we committed to taking a break from Volley and we hiked a famous Norwegian Fjord with the most amazing view. The ultimate goal of the hike is Pulpit stone which consists of a flat rock on the edge of a 604 meter vertical drop. That is right, a 1800 foot drop from the edge of a completely natural and pristine mountain!
What a beautiful hike it was and full of lovely treats along the way! Ahren and I, along with an Australian ladies team and a Norwegian friend spent 4 hours indulging in Norway's abundance of natural landscapes.
We took a ferry across a body of water to a city called Tau. From there hired a taxi to the bottom of the hike and began our ascent. With a fit crew of 5, we set a quick pace with the odd competitive sprint along fun rock sections. We looked at the climb like a bit of a fitness session so Becchara and I had a few competitions along the way! About 3/4 of the way up we came across a set of beautiful lakes which we eagerly jumped into! The water was a perfectly refreshing temperature and we spent ten minutes floating, splashing and snapping underwater pics. Lazing on the rocks, we dined on some of Hilda's (our Norwegian friend) award winning banana bread and a few chocolates before crushing the summit with a final push.
The last section of the trail propped us right under the pulpit stone with a near 600 meter unassuming vertical drop to our left!! It was such a shock to be so vulnerable on the side of a mountain that it took a few minutes before I was able to tickle the edge of the cliff! Once on top of the flat stone called Pulpit Rock, it was breathtaking. Every minute brought new challenges as we pushed our personal limits; aspiring to hang our feet over the edge.
Trusting those around us, we warmed to the reality of being feet from a lethal free fall and finally put our toes as far as humanly possible over the ledge. We shared some nervous laughs and a few jokes but calmness didn't settle back in until we began the descent.
It was one of the more surreal views I have ever seen as we came as close to a sky diving view as possible without dropping at terminal velocity. A worthy day out of the sand for sure as the light climb challenged us outside of sport, developed c with other athletes and brought attention to the bigger picture which is so easy to forget as we are consumed by refined goals and a focused lifestyle.
A wonderful breath of fresh air indeed. My step is that much lighter now and I challenge you to take time out of your busy schedule to conquer a mountain, a walk or a series of breaths in nature to ground you and allow you to take a step back and see the bigger picture.
All the best from Gstaad, Switzerland.
Monday, July 6, 2009
A late drop in here on my blogg after taking a few days of beach volleyball to freshen the mind and rebuild confidence. Since my last entry about our first game in the 2009 World Championships, we played two more games and unfortunately didn't make it out of pool play.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Greetings from the humidity of Rio this clear evening. The big swell is calming now but the mist from crashing waves and the offshore breeze still blows and freshens the lungs. It was a beautiful walk on the boardwalk after the gym today and I feel blessed to be in the situation I am in. I spoke to my lovely sister today after she completed her final exam of her collegiate life and she too is in a wonderful position!!!
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
It has been quite sometime since my last entry and I would like to apologize. After the clutter of Carnaval, our stay has been very monotonous and has consisted solely of beach and gym training. I can honestly say this has been the most serious trip of my life and our focused efforts are yielding excellent results. We have sacrificed many nights with friendlies for all you can eat buffets and 8 hour sleeps. Now we will be toning down our repetitions and moving into game situations. We have two games lined up next week in preparation for our upcoming Brazilian National Tour event in Sao Paulo. Our training games will be against a top ranked Brazilian team and the other against the top Suisse team ranked 19th in the World. I will post thoughts and hopefully a highlight video for each game this coming week and will throw up reports of our progress in the Brazilian event.
My mother found a favorite quote of mine and I would like to share it with you.
"You must dream no other dream. You must come to love the taste of pain, the wounding defeats that force you forward. You must learn from others, but work alone, driving for the goals that only you can set. You must do it all knowing that glory may alude you - that the dream itself has to be enough.”
I unfortunately don’t know the author of the quote but it sums up my sentiments towards striving to achieve your best. It reminds me of the importance dreams play in motivation and to constantly push myself past my comfort zones. It also reminds me that it is how one deals with and recovers from failure that determines the champion, not the actual loss itself.
This week was super heavy and we are bashed from countless hours of tough work. We will be getting massage treatments all weekend to recover for our important Brazilian event next week. We are super excited to get into tournament play since we haven’t played in a serious game for a long time!
I am going to sign off and get some treatment from our therapist before we all head out to Pedro Solberg’s 23rd birthday party. His family cook will be preparing a classic Brazilian meal called a “Fejoida” which is a combination of stewed meat in beans, rice and a brazilian side dish called “Faroffa” which is a flower textured filler with spices, garlic and the odd banana!
All the best from the heat of Rio and I look forward to updating you with details of tournaments and game play