Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Food, Roles and the Social Scene
One of the most overlooked aspects of training was the easiest to control: nutrition. As a team and as America we do not eat well. Frozen pizzas, soda, energy drinks…whatever is terrible we consume. Our team in 2008 did not think about this, because in 2008 we were the first team to make off the field training mandatory. We thought we were putting so much effort in, we didn’t need to worry about nutrition. In a way it was true, we were in much better condition, but in retrospect it gave way for a pretty unhealthy life style outside of Ultimate. I’m not saying eat only the healthiest, just be more conscious of what you are putting in your body, it will make a big difference.
On another note in ultimate and life, everybody dreams of being the difference maker. We all want to make the big throw and the score that wins the game or cut the big business deal and make the money; realistically this isn’t going to happen. Know what you are good at and play to your strengths. Once you realize where exactly you fit into the bigger picture, you can fine tune your skills. Don’t just accept your role, embrace it. More importantly, know your weaknesses and work on those during every practice. If you don’t know, ask the captains and coaches. They will tell you exactly what you need to work on. And don’t take it personally, use it fuel yourself.
If I knew now, I would know how important my Luther teammates and Luther family would be in the rest of my life. They will be there for you too. This is the tightest social scene in which I have been a part. Your teammates become lasting friends, and an important part of your life. For how sardonic and cruel we can seem to be, we try to help. The team becomes an important social network that is unlike any others. That being said, it will be whatever you put into it. Don’t be a selfish, don’t kick your teammates when their down, and help them in any way you can. Those my year and older have seen former teams implode because of infighting, don’t let it happen.
Oh, and don’t ever let NexGen stay at your house. EVER