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Disappointment – D204

8 Jan
Rapids Women Start 2013 Player Search
First round of tryouts set for December
Colorado Rapids Women News Release – www.coloradorapids.com/women

Monday, November 19, 2012

DENVER, Colo. – The Colorado Rapids Women have announced the dates for open tryouts in preparation for the 2013 W-League season as well as their Super 20-League title defense for the current North American Champions, the Colorado Rapids Women Super 20s. The Rapids Women Open Tryouts will be held December 28-29 at the Golden Goal Sports Indoor Complex, located at 2650 Alkire Street, Golden, Colorado.

The session on Friday December 28 will run from 5-7 p.m. and the Saturday session will run from 10 a.m.-noon. Colorado Rapids Women Head Coach Daniel Clitnovici and staff will be on hand to evaluate trialists.



I thought they were in April…


Avoiding the Inevitable – D186

20 Dec

I have put up the good fight but inevitably I am on the brink of losing my battle.

For the past week I have been pounding back copious quantities of Odwalla Green Machine and Naked Red Machine.  I even tried a  Bolthouse Farms Green Goodness this morning for something different.  Each morning, in addition to my tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, I have been taking Wellness Formula with an Astragalus capsule.  In the afternoon I take a Stress B-Complex and then more Wellness Formula before I go to bed.

It all started last Thursday.  In addition to the extra work I have taken on and the end of my semester I have had a string of late soccer games each week.  Usually the 10 and 11pm games are spaced out so I will only have one every two or three weeks.  For what ever reason, this session, they have been falling every week.  When I woke up Thursday morning with a little congestion I figured it was just allergies and brushed it off.  Around 3pm I realized the congestion was not going away and my throat was starting to feel a tad raw.  And so began the influx of vitamins and minerals into my system.  Either Sunday or Monday night I forgot to take my Wellness Formula and felt the congestion return the next morning.  I supplemented my morning intake with a chocolate Green SuperFood and a heavy shot of cream (that stuff is magic but it tastes like crap); that seemed to put me back on track but last night on my way home from my soccer game I could feel the cold raging against my body.  You know that extreme exhaustion that makes your shoulders sag and your chest feel heavy?  That was me last night.  Again this morning I work up with a hint of congestion and here I sit, two o’clock in the afternoon, and I can feel the body aches setting in.

I am a firm believer in mind over matter, especially when it comes to being sick.  Husband, on the other hand, tends to wallow in his misery.  (But I have to give him credit – he very rarely gets sick anymore.)  I can usually will myself better if I catch my cold symptoms early enough and if not, the really brutal part of my colds tend to only last for one to two days while Husband’s can drag on for five to seven.  If I time it just right the perfect bowl of Phở and a good night’s sleep are often all I need to knock a cold down.

I have been fighting hard for the last week but I just do not think I am going to win this time.

Changes – D183

17 Dec

This is my week for change.


It starts with a job interview tomorrow morning; this is actually my second interview with the firm.  I am hopeful that 1) they will make me an offer 2) the offer will be high enough that I can accept it and 3) I can quit all my side gigs so I can just work one job.  I have a lot of respect for people who can piecemeal their salary together because it is killing me.

I am also going to start back to running this week.  No more talking about it and not getting it done.  Me and the treadmill have a date tonight and I am not going to miss it.  I have noticed over the past three weeks that the rotund little layer around my mid-section is becoming more pronounced again, when I am sprinting during a game I can feel it jiggling around my waist band.  Not cool.  Not sexy.  Not healthy.

Finally I am going to get all those little to-dos checked off my list.  I have next week off of work and I am going to knock out a large portion of the stuff I keep thinking about but never get done.  Like changing the batteries in my fire alarms… been trying to remember to do that since JANUARY!  Or the filter in my furnace… I do not think I have changed that since September or maybe even August.  Geez….

Change is good.

I will… – D178

12 Dec

Well I did not get out this morning, however, I have every intention of doing so after work.  Tonight is my first night off as the semester wrapped up this past Monday.  <phew!>  I am not usually a big fan of afternoon runs but this morning necessitated making the switch.

On the soccer front I had an exceptional defensive match last night.  Was not my best showing offensively (I remember at one point while attempting a shot I actually kicked the ground instead of the ball…) but lately my defense has needed a lot of improvement so I was pleased with my effort.  My competitive women’s team is 4-0 with a lot of potential to win our league this session!

Week’s Thoughts – D166

30 Nov

Dismal week…  Sunday and Monday were the only highlights.

On Sunday I worked out with my soccer coach for a grueling hour skills session then went for my long run and maintained 10+ minute miles.  I had a great speed and agility workout Monday morning with my trainer but then everything fell apart.  Tuesday my competitive woman’s team played at 8pm (and won!) but my intermediate game was not scheduled until 10:15pm.  I had planned to run on the treadmill in-between games but I was SO tired after the first game!  I made sure we would have enough players then bailed and went home; I was asleep before 9:30pm.  Wednesday my competitive team played at 11:15pm (we lost >.<); I elected not to go for my run in the morning, again figuring I could get some time on the treadmill before the game.  Uh… nope.  Thursday I raced from class to meetings to the office to dinner to bed.  Again, no run.  No foot skills workout.  No stretching.  Bah!!!

Today I am so tired I can barely keep my focus.  The likelihood of an evening run is exiguous at best…

Week’s Stats

Soccer Workout:  1

Speed and Agility Workout:  1

Running and Miles:  1 (7 miles – average pace: 10:45)

Stretching:  1

Indoor soccer games:  2 ( 1 W / 1 L  – 0 goals)

It’s Time – D165

29 Nov

I have been listening to the Night Visions album from Imagine Dragons a lot of late.  Their lead singer, Dan Reynolds, has a really interesting voice and I love that they came up through the Battle of the Bands circuit.

The video for It’s Time is wonderfully quirky and follows the band members across a post-apocalyptic landscape.  Towards the end of the video they plant a strange glowing rock that explodes and brings light back to the desolate world.  It makes me laugh when they go running away before the explosion, perhaps not the reaction they intended.  Good stuff.

I have really latched onto this verse:

The path to heaven runs through miles of clouded hell

It happens to be my motto at the moment.  The school semester is wrapping up so I am über busy trying to get everything graded and handed back.  My firm just started work on three new contracts, which is fantastic – do not get me wrong, but the timing is horrendous as all three need a lot of attention all at the same time.  My running has taken an unfortunate back seat to both; as have my foot skills sessions.  Additionally I get mad munchies when I am stressed so my weight is starting to creep up.

It is cloudy as hell right now!

More Sheuneenio! – D163

27 Nov

This girl just rocks!


See more here.

Sheuneenio! – D137

1 Nov

This post was inspired by the Weekly Writing Challenge but mostly by the sheer awesomesauce of Sheuneen Ta.


I wish I were one tenth as talented as this girl…

Just around the 0:19 mark she does this amazing foot jive with the ball, she is absolutely lyrical in her movement.  I sat and studied that move for close to thirty minutes but when I try to emulate what she is doing I just feel clunky and uncoordinated.  It is like that movie White Men Can’t Jump with Woody Harrelson, This Girl Can’t Jive.  Except it is not like that movie at all because I am not pretending or trying to hustle anyone, I really can not jive!

My favorite part is at the 0:43 mark when she runs though a stretch of shopping mall with the ball between her feet.  If I had to defend that I would fall flat on my face!  I can not tell if I am intensely inspired by this video or deeply disappointed in my own inability to pull off these wicked tricks.

Where I do see light at the end of this tunnel is the awesome tutorials included in the video.  So often I see YouTube clips of guys executing amazing soccer moves but have no way of analyzing them or seeing the mechanics of the trick.  This video and many others included on the Got Soccer website slow down the action and provide tips for practicing the move at home.  So perhaps with some hard work and focus I might get my wish after all.

I will let you know in April!

Congratulations – D136

31 Oct

It has been announced that Tom Sermanni will be replacing Pia Sundhage as the new Women’s National Team head coach.  I am glad they found a candidate with great experience coaching women’s teams but I am slightly disappointed they did not select a woman.  Maybe it is just because Pia was such an amazing coach that really appeared to bond with the players and truly seemed to love not only coaching but coaching that team.  I remember watching this news clip just before the 2011 World Cup match against Japan.  Her love and commitment just shines here:


From GotSoccer.com:

Tom Sermanni Named Head Coach of U.S. Women’s National Team

Posted on October 30, 2012 by Courtney Lambert

After an extensive search and interview process, US Soccer President, Sunil Gulati, announced Tuesday that Tom Sermanni will take the reigns as the seventh head coach of the US Women’s National team.

Sermanni tells US Soccer in a press release, “U.S. Soccer has always been at the forefront of supporting the women’s game, and it’s exciting to coach the team in this next chapter of its history. After coaching against many of these players for years, I am looking forward to working with an accomplished group of veterans while integrating the numerous talented young players who are itching for a chance to prove themselves.”

Gulati, US Soccer CEO/ Secretary General, Dan Flynn, renowned US players, Mia Hamm and Danielle Slaton and Director of Administration, Tom King, made up the committee that thoroughly reviewed over 30 eligible male and female candidates for the position.

“He has the knowledge, experience and vision to take on the challenge of keeping our team at the top of the world,” says Gulati in a prepared statement. “He has a tremendous passion for the game, knows the American players, understands our system and knows the process of preparing a team for a World Cup tournament.”

The Glasgow, Scotland native who has played in more than 300 professional matches and scored more than 50 goals in his career, coached the Matildas from 1994 to 1997, leading them to the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 1995.  He also led them to the Women’s World Cup quarterfinals in 2007 and 2011. The Matildas made it into the top 10 in the FIFA Women’s World Rankings and Sermanni was named the 2007 Asian Football Confederation Coach of the Year.

Sermanni will finish up his responsibilities as head coach of the Matildas, missing the next two US Women’s matches of the 2012 Fan Tribute Tour held in Portland and Phoenix. US Soccer Women’s Development Director, Jill Ellis, will fill in instead, and he will take over for the last three matches of the tour, which are yet to be announced.

My Myelin – D130

25 Oct

My what a thin myelin you have my dear…

I am having one of those days months where I am utterly convinced that I have some hard to diagnose disease that will ultimately cause me to fail in life and lose all that I hold dear.  Oh right, we already know what that is…

Recent events have put me on learning more about the myelin sheath.  If, like me, you have no idea what that is: The myelin sheath is the insulating sheath surrounding nerve cells.  It is the white mater coating our nerves, enabling them to conduct impulses between the brain and other parts of the body.  If you still do not know what it is do not feel bad, I still am trying to figure it out too.

Husband and I were over at another couple’s house eating tapas (glorified finger food in actuality) and drinking cheap wine (it really was cheap but it was wonderful).  Somehow the conversation turns to how adaptable everyone is or would like to be so I start into a long, convoluted story about how unadaptable I am.  Upon conclusion the wife of the couple tells me I probably have a thin myelin sheath and need to add more healthy fats into my diet to beef it up.  If not for the fact that I think this woman is a genius, if not a little crazy herself, I would have written it off to the fifth glass of wine she was on.  But this article has been weighing heavy on my mind; thus I began my research.

Your Score on the Thin Myelin Sheathing Test Survey: 59

28-34 Average myelin sheathing, chances are your OCD is probably only partly responsible for you OCD symptom.
35-41 Your answers indicate that you myelin is thin and it is probably a significant contributor to your OCD symptoms.
42-54 Your answers indicate that you myelin is very thin and is probably a strong contributor to your OCD symptoms.
55-88 Your myelin is in a desperate state and is probably a very strong contributor to your OCD symptoms.

This is bad…  bad, bad, bad…

Why it is causing me this latest freak out is because back in 2006 I spent a good deal of time visiting with a few emergency room doctors.  Unable to diagnose my condition I underwent both a CT and MRI.  The MRI lead to a number of consultations with a neurologist, who scared the sh*t out of me with a false MS diagnosis and then this statement which will forever be burned into my memory:

Your MRI shows changes to the white matter in your brain.

OH                                     MY                                    GWAD


What does that even mean?!?

In the end they decided it was merely a nasty upper respiratory infection complicated by leakage from a spinal tap used to determine if I had meningitis (I did not).  To this day I am not really sure what transpired during those six months.  But since then I have regularly suffered from headache ranging from one to six on the pain scale.  Occasionally I get a really nasty one but never to the degree that I had after the spinal tap.

I guess though I have always been a little neurotic; when I was little I would take before and after pictures while cleaning my room.  Yeah, I know.

But please do not call me crazy, I bruise easily, really easily.  It actually drive Husband nuts.  He comes home from a martial arts class where he has been thrown across the room multiple times and barely has any discoloration at impact sites while I barely bump the edge of a table and my entire hip turns black and blue.  I got this beaut two weeks ago during a co-ed game; it is just beginning to fade.  When I dropped the board on my foot  it took almost three weeks for the discoloration to fade and I still get twinges when shooting the ball.

Since my little foray six years ago I have been hypersensitive to how permeable I am.  Emotionally, physically, mentally and any other ally you can thing of.  So this myelin sheath thingy is really making sense.

But then it could just be me being a hypochondriac again.