Hey, Interwebs. I figured I should check in because I haven’t fed you anything new and hilarious in a while. But I will be honest, there just isn’t much new going on with me lately. This is that part of the year where there is literally no difference between my schedule last week and this week and next week. I practice in the same places on the same mornings against the same people, and then head to the same weight room to lift (hopefully not, but usually) the same weight. This might sound like a complaint, but it is the exact opposite. I am a creature of habit and love a good routine, so consistently spending my time on beautiful beaches trying to improve in volleyball is about as good as it gets for me. But, that kind of repetition just isn’t interesting to write about. (I know what you are thinking, “But Ryan, you can make anything interesting.” Which is true, but even a witty wordsmith like myself has limits) I will have months and months of traveling around the world and having adventures this summer, but for right now, the best I can do is talk about how I jumped a little higher than I previously could have and hung out with some Canadians. (I’m truly sorry. You know your blog has “Jumped the Shark” when you are headlining Canucks)
-We did testing the other day at ASC to see if all that weightlifting was paying off. (It was kind of a waste for me because I already had confirmation from all the ladies on Tinder that my time at the gym was “well worth it”) Still, I was excited to set a new personal best by touching 12 feet, 1.5 inches. If I could have gotten an extra half inch, I would have a three foot vertical. (With a full approach, of course. From a block jump, my vert is closer to 15-16 inches) It feels really rewarding when you can take a concrete measurement of improvement away from your workouts, as I feel like I have put a ton of effort into getting myself in good shape for this year. I’m also really excited for the FIVB to raise the net to 11 feet by 2015. (Tough break, Hobbits)
-The top Canadian men’s team of Ben Saxton and Chaim Schalk (no, that’s not a joke. His name is really Chaim Schalk) spend most of the pre-season in Huntington Beach so that they can train against all of the good American teams that live in Southern California. Aside from being great volleyball players, (they took a 5th at World Championships last season) they are both good guys, so I will go hang out at their place every once in a while. During one of my visits, we played the board game Settlers of Catan and then they showed me this youtube video. (Lots of profanity in this video: you’ve been warned)
After I left, I drove a Harley off of Mount Rushmore just to try and get a little of my “American Badass” cred back.
-The AVP held it’s annual “Media Day”, where the players took all of the pictures and videos and interviews that CBS Sports will use during the broadcasting of the events next year. I had a better time doing it last year, as it seemed more open-ended and funny. Aside from having the hair and make-up girl cry when she found out she had to get me camera-ready, everything seemed very straightforward and conventional at this media day, so I am curious to see if it comes off as entertaining or boring when it airs. (Also, I’m interested to see if the interviews and pictures really matter much. When I watch volleyball, I just want to watch the games. I wonder if a more casual fan can be swayed by a good headshot or soundbite)
That’s it, a month of my life converted into three short paragraphs. (Only two of which were worth reading) I’m in the process of writing my first “Tuesdays with Avatar” entry for www.avp.com, and I think I should have it ready to go by next week. (Maybe I can make that a little more exciting than this tripe) Anyway, sorry to distract you, go back to your Buzzfeed quiz. (I got Daffy Duck in the “Which Looney Tunes Character are you?” quiz…which seems about right)