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Only two entries? Weak...
4/23/2013 5:33:44 PM
So I guess you could say I pretty much dropped the ball on this whole blogging thing, although when I look back at the timeframe, there were certainly reasons for that. But I think the biggest reason has to do with a part of my personality I don't think I've ever officially recognized (or wanted to).

Basically, I just don't prioritize things in my life very well sometimes. Having recently turned 40 and becoming a father not long before that, I realize now that any thoughts I used to have about not having enough time to do something were utterly false. I had so much more time than I knew what to do with that I just ended up wasting most of it, and I really don't have a lot to show for it. I've already said the same thing about my early Air Hockey career in my earlier blogs, but the last 2-3 years have also been something of a "Dark Age" for me with a surgery and other injuries, plus the reshuffling of a life that was a whole lot simpler than I ever realized. Don't get me wrong - I love my kids - but it's just not easy prioritizing Air Hockey on top of everything else, and I'm amazed that anyone can do that and still dedicate enough time to keeping themselves and their game in top shape. Definitely something I need to work on.

So, with that out of the way, what the heck am I going to do about it? Well, for starters, I've got to get myself back into some sort of reasonable shape. I know that a youth movement is coming, but I'm also encouraged by the fact that guys like Phil Arnold, Mark Robbins, and John Stucky are still banging away after 30+ years on the table and holding their own. I have no doubt I'll want to compete like they do in the years to come, but I better get myself in shape if I want to be able to "belly up" to the table in 5-10 years. I think once that train leaves the station I'll be able to keep it rolling, but then there's the part of getting my game back in shape, too.

Honestly, I don't think I'm too far off on the offensive side of things - I think my game was really rounding into form between 2007 and 2009, so there's something to build on there - but getting my defense in order would have to be the bigger priority right now. I feel like that's always been the weakest part of my game, but there have been times when I've been able to lock down and play really solid D against some high-powered offenses, so there has to be a way for me to find that groove again.

Of course, playing better in transition is also something I'd like to get worked out, and again, I felt like I was getting there not so long ago. It feels to me like those three elements "stack" on top of each other, and when I've played my best, it's been when my defense was solid, giving me more offensive opportunities and making it easier to take advantage of my opponent's mistakes in transition. I know it sounds a whole lot simpler on paper than doing it in practice, but having a roadmap to work with makes it a lot more likely for me to piece this puzzle together.

Blog History
Going Nowhere Fast 26 Mar 2015
Keeping Myself Honest 12 Aug 2014
Hatching My 2-Year Plan 08 Aug 2014
Only two entries? Weak... 23 Apr 2013
2nd one 27 Jan 2008
1st one 07 Sep 2007