Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Rip-It Defense Fielder's Mask

Slow pitch softball's 2015 season begins this week. I'm psyched to get back on the diamond but as a pitcher always leery of taking the mound. Not so much now. As discretion is the better part of valor I purchased a Rip-It mask.



Designed for the close proximity of the softball infield its purpose is face and head protection from line drives for the infielders and comebacks to the pitcher. Despite using compression softballs and regulation bats the ability to drive the ball still exists in the game....a couple close calls last season a constant reminder.



Being a ball hockey goalie I'm used to wearing cages but this one is quite minimal and light. I foresee no problem other than the male ego thing.With a Caribbean cruise and four days in New Orleans booked for this summer why take the chance of injury? Factor in five previous concussions and my BPPV I cannot afford another head injury. Truth be told its only a matter of time before leagues start mandating their use for liability reasons anyway so why not be proactive.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Sprint!

On a sunny Victoria Day holiday I decided to commence the 2015 sprinting season. Since I did not bike commute this winter and spent most of the ball hockey season in nets the legs feel atrophied and weak. Upper body remained strong as did my core due to weight training this winter so it is time to get the legs up to speed.....pardon the pun.


I prefer barefoot sprinting as it feels natural, forces me to run on the forefoot and just feels so good on the soft cool grass. Until the fields get groomed and manicured wearing sprinting cleats is a great alternative. Extremely light they are hardly noticable.

Why do I sprint? Not only is all about intensity/recovery but sprinting builds strength and muscle. It is an intense full body workout. Google a marathon runner's image then google a track sprinter. Enough said.



Sprinting is also far easier on my body...I tried the running thing....plodding along in heel striking misery. Some people are gazelles and run well- I am not one of them. I suffer to run distance and it wreaks havoc on my back and neck.

Sprinting is a time efficient workout.....no need to spend hours on the run....30 minutes running sprints with some core work and box/rock/bench jumps and you are golden.


Bench jump



 
It will kick your backside, crank the metabolism and compliment your other sporting activities. If new to sprinting check out online tutorials on You Tube offering advice on warm-up and technique. Start modestly and focus upon good form.


 

Sunday, April 26, 2015

It Is Time....

....to get back on the Giant road bike for the first time since the Fall of 2014.


I still love this bike....made even better by Steve's WMD wheels. Still rock solid and yet to be trued. This season should test them further as the hard winter has wreaked havoc on the roadways and I'm currently heavier at 225 lbs. Until the maintenance crews can work their magic most rides will contain a little bit of the Roubaix.

Got to admit I was a little worried about my fitness but after my backside adjusted to the saddle and I got re-familiar with the twitcher handling of the race bike it felt pretty good.



Playing goal in winter ball hockey sure increased my lower body flexibility but I am lacking leg strength. Once the fields dry out I will start sprinting and box jumps to build some lower body power to compliment my cycling.