Great practice tonight everyone. Starting tonight (or whenever you read this post), start preparing your body for the weekend. It's going to be a competitive tournament with a lot of good competition, so you can start by doing a few things:
Get some sleep. Your most important night to get some sleep is Thursday night. And tell her to go home. Cuddling is for the weak, and it just keeps you up.
Eat right. While it may have served you well in the past, the typical Mountain Dew and hotdogs diet just won't cut it for the elite athlete you tell everyone you are. I don't care if you think it's your "fuel" it's not. Random pork parts, leftover beef scraps, and rat poo are not good sources of protein. Eat a banana, a turkey sandwich, and some yogurt.
Drink right. While you should have stopped getting drunk about two months ago, the week of a tournament is definitely not the time to be consuming alcohol. How about this: every time you get the urge to just get wasted man, pretend that the water in your Nalgene is Natty. They taste pretty much the same, and if you try hard enough, you can even convince yourself they are. Start getting hydrated as soon as possible. You need to be peeing Evian by Friday night.
Keep exercising/working out. We're looking to peak around Regionals/Nationals, and this tournament is neither. Remember what TimmyT
said about training and how you lose about 15-20% of yesterday's stamina if you don't work out today. Don't sissy out either if you have to do them yourself. If you need motivation, imagine that TLake
will sing showtunes and pop songs in your ear indefinitely if you don't put out a full effort. This works for me, but you can come up with your own.
Most of all, get mentally prepared. Do whatever you need to do to get yourself psyched up for the weekend. While a team like Sockeye
can be intimidating as is, imagine how much more intimidating they are when they're warming up hard and focused. It is much harder to beat a team that is mentally focused, prepared, and jacked up than a team that is just lazy and aloof. Take after the Cleveland Moose Swallow
and make yourself look big (but not too big
This weekend we play our game, and we make other teams play our game. We finish games that we're supposed to finish, and we come up in the clutch on universe point. We've already proven we're one of the "big boys" in this sport. Now it's time to play like one.
It's gametime, Cow.
PS I <3 cuddling.