Change as good as a holiday
DURING the footy season, as a player, you tend to get into a weekly routine but this week it has been good to actually break out of that cycle.
In a normal week you settle into the rhythm of training a few times a week, with the day and time changing according to the length of the break between games. With a sixday break we tend to have a light week on the track, while anything longer would see the sports science guys increase our workloads.
Having the mid-season bye last weekend changed all of that; and so does playing Essendon on Thursday night.
It takes you out of the normal practices and that change-up helps to keep you fresh.
Straight after our round 13 win against Brisbane at the Gabba, we headed home, arrived back in Perth close to midnight and had a few days off. It meant we could catch up with family and friends and freshen up, which was fantastic.
When we returned in the middle of the week, we reviewed everything that had happened in the first half of the season, analysed what worked and what didn’t, discussed the things we could improve and then started preparing for the Bombers.
Playing on a Thursday night will be really unusual, but we are looking forward to playing in this standalone game.
And after it, we get another decent break before playing North Melbourne on Sunday, July 10. That will also be welcomed by the playing group because at this stage of the year most guys are sore and it gives us a chance to reduce the load on those sore spots.
While we haven’t played as well as we would have liked to this stage of the year, we always knew it was going to be a challenge backing up from last year’s achievements. It’s still a challenge, but we’re up for it.