Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Start of Summer

I forgot how much I missed playing ultimate frisbee.  I love the fact that I've been playing for five years and can actually teach people some things.  I also love that my athleticism is so much higher than it was in college and I felt great on Sunday.  And I love the feeling of still being sore three days after playing (the 4 mi run  yesterday probably didn't help much).

I didn't play at all during the year except for at a hat tournament at the end of March.  I played well that day - I scored a few points and had my most awesome layout.  But playing for about 6 hours (maybe more) wrecked my body.  I was sore for about four days after that tournament.  Ultimate frisbee engages all of these muscles that you do not normally use while running, especially the ones in your hips, because you are constantly changing direction and sprinting across the field.  Your back and arms are also engaged from throwing the disc.  It's a great workout and a ton of fun.  It's going to do wonders for my fast-twitch muscles (the ones that help you sprint), playing once a week will be a great supplement to my training.  I have an awesome team this year and I'm really excited to meet new people and get my competitive streak on.

I thought that my best year of ultimate was during my junior year in college.  I felt really athletic (working out 6 days per week) and I had great throws and was starting to handle (the handler is like the quarterback of ultimate frisbee).  After Sunday's playing, though, I schooled my junior year self.  I was beating people to the disc and staying in for numerous points.  It felt amazing.  It's astounding how much my athleticism has changed in a mere 5 months.  Words cannot describe how excited I am for the summer.  Also, I will be going away in June this year rather than August and therefore will not be missing the championships and the league party.  Sunday got me incredibly excited for summer and ultimate, this is going to be great.

I hope to post more informative accounts of my ultimate frisbee games but for now I'm just very excited for summer to start.  Last night, I went to an amazing Yankee game and this weekend I will be going camping for the first time ever in Acadia National Park in Maine.  I'm excited to go camping and I have a lot of packing to do.  Any suggestions on what to bring will be greatly appreciated :)

Oh and sometime soon I will post pictures of my latest cookie creations...

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