The way our training week is set out in pre-season is two full days of training followed by one half day, repeated, with one day off each week – meaning Monday, Tuesday we are run into the ground, half day Wednesday to unload, Thursday, Friday flogged again, Saturday half day and Sunday rest (thankfully). So today being Tuesday we were unfortunately put through the wringer although this being the 1st Tuesday of November we also had a short afternoon break for the Melbourne Cup. Unfortunately just 10 mins of excitement timed as a team meeting finished and just before training started – not really the race that stops the Waratahs more like a speed bump.
This feeling of not having the full Melbourne Cup experience also wasn’t helped when Phil Waugh won the sweepstake – of all people in the team Phil is the most competitive (closely followed by Tom Carter) so it’s one of the funnier things when these two don’t win because they are bitter about it for days and conversely when they do win we hear about it again and again and again… And not that I’m bitter about the horse that I picked – Once Were Wild – leading for ¾ of the race until it decided it had had enough and start walking to the line with 400m to go!
Another change to our normal Tuesday was that due to our training ground at the Victoria Army Barracks (as well as the field we share with the Swans next to the SCG) being washed out we had to go to a local indoor sports centre to train. This was all fine until we realised that due to the restricted area and surface our normal session of 75% skills and 25% fitness was now 25% as skills and 75% fitness – I’ll definitely be feeling that tomorrow!