Bleep revisited!

Had a shocker of a day at work on Wednesday so didn’t make it to the panel meeting till 8.30. so not only did I miss the fitness test, but also the main bit of the presentation. So, a trip to Bristol this week in order. Great!

Did pick up the kit and indeed we do have a rather fetching pink number. Our regular stash this year is a rather fetching papal purple. Our panel ref in the Sally Army will be delighted I’m sure!

Will do some pics when I get a few mins during the week. They really are a sight to behold!

Getting enthused again

Evening all

Spent the last few days getting enthused about rugby again after a few weeks down time. Just had a look around the Championship and DIv 1 club web sites and everyone seems to be getting into the swing of pre-season training which in turn as re-invigorated me. I’ve got myself one of those Nike discs for my shoes so I can keep a better track of things via my iPod and use the data as a push for myself.

Also back in the saddle at the gym with my well documented love of spinning. Surely sweating that much can only be a good thing and without the sessions, I would never cycle so far in a setting. The machine on the Livestrong Bikes tells me I’m doing between 15 and 22 km in a 30-45min session with avg heartbeat of about 158, maxing out at about 180 – none of which I  would do if I was on the bike under my own steam.

Also have a new PT chap who’s going to get my arse into shape and up to speed!

Countdown is on for the RFU fitness tests next week. As ever, I’m bricking it as we have now revered to the dreaded bleep. Need to find a hypnotist as I’m sure it’s all in my head. 10.4 is the target and I’m pretty confident. Although it’s next Wednesday and looks like Im going to have to be up at 5 to get to work in London so will be pooped by the time I get to the testing! (I know, excuses in early!)

We’re also going to be getting our pre-season pep-talk from the powers that be. Not expecting any huge changes, outside of the slower scrum engagement which seems to have had a positive effect in the summer rugby we’ve seen.

Also…. drum roll….. the new kit will be unveiled. Rumour has it we’ll be in pink! The Present Mrs Refblog and those at Refblog Towers Inc say I carry off pink nicely so I guess I’m gonna have to get myself through the bleep so you can all judge for yourself!

Hope you’re all having a fun summer.

2 months in….

.. and the last time I blogged was a month ago. Apologies to those who seem to regularly pop by to check on my (non) musings!

Well, the reason for my absence has been a bit of refocussing, a lot of work, more gym and training and my usual travels around the country. So far this season, I’ve been to Sussex, Avon, Edinburgh, Devon, Devon, Yorkshire, Devon (as far as you can get without getting wet!) and Avon again. Spotting a theme??

But it’s all good fun. All bar two in the middle, so it’s good to get game time. With there only being six Championship games a weekend and the Elite Team taking three of them, their just isn’t the games there were last year, so to have all those in the middle is a good thing.

Performances are going pretty well too. Just the one thing that I need to work on even more – fitness and speed. You know – the easy bits!! It’s never been a strong area of mine and its now becoming spottable. So far, Ive been able to hide it and cheat (!!) but now the players are all more professional, we have to step up and match them. With the balance between Mrs Refblog and Refblog Jnr, and work, the training has been somewhat lax. But Ive now got some good advice and programmes to follow – now it’s just a mater of finding the time to make it happen. Some early morning sprinting sessions are in order.

Rumours are out there that the Elite unit may be looking to expand slightly so I have to sort this thing out if they are going to look this way! The ball, as they say is in my court!