I was throwing the tennis bag in the car to head to the indoor courts the other day and something caught my eye.
Green tips were poking through the mulch bed. Daffodils - the first sign of spring.
Except it wasn’t spring yet.
They usually come up late March around here, but it was only February 5th.
Rather than getting a warm spring-like feeling, I got a little anxiety.
I wasn’t ready for Spring matches yet, not even close. And leagues are coming.
The only thing springing up for me was new aches and pains every time I’ve been playing tennis.
My fault though. I’ve been putting off the daily runs, footwork drills, and jump rope sessions. I haven’t been doing warm ups and post tennis stretching.
I thought I had months before spring tennis matches were here.
I was wrong.
As I write this, the very first UTR Flex League in Richmond starts March 15th.
That’s only four weeks away.
Today is the day to make a change to your routine, to come up with a plan - to start getting ready.
If you’re a singles player in the Richmond area, sign up for the league to get your spot secured.
Signing up alone will give you a goal, and something to work towards. Something we all need to get us jump started.
You’ll show up to the match more prepared than your opponent.
Even if it’s just a little bit.
That’s what makes a big difference in tennis.
Can’t wait to see you all out there.
POST UPDATE 1 WEEK LATER
I wrote this post on a Saturday night, and it worked.
Sunday - 6 mile run
Monday - 2100 stairs at gym (30 minutes stair climb)
Tuesday - 30 minute elliptical and 2 hours tennis
Wednesday - 30 minute gym workout
Thursday - Two tennis matches (3 hours)
Friday - Recovery