It's not often I've been waiting for the breakfast to open. Thought I should take care of the Arabian sun as much as I can today and get my running in early. I've missed the long days of just practicing. It's a little different practicing out at tournaments. You hav to stay more fresh for the next day and everything is done with more quality. A practice round is maybe the best training there is. I think playing tournaments is absolutely the best way to get better but to mix in a week of quantity practice makes sense as well I believe.
It's now time for breakfast and for the sunrise. A new day on the golf course.
My friend forgot his reading glasses. The 7D comes handy then:)
To good to be true!
The Els Club will be my hangout this week and it's better than I could imagine. Everything you need to practice good and they even have a gym on the driving range. I don't have to drive around Dubai (the city with the worst planned road system in the entire world) looking for a gym every night.
Here is a picture marathon from today:
The biggest protein bar ever.
These are the most finished buildings in Dubai. Not true but that's what it looks like.
The water tastes good with this view.
The Arabian sun is hot now. 28 degrees during the day. I forgot how nice it is to practice here. Spent 4 hours on the shortgame and putting today. I've decided to step up those parts of my game for next season. Let's go!
850 meters up.
Big day tomorrow. As Pernilla Wiberg said about her next training session: "This is the most important session in my life". Maybe I'm not thinking that way...I feel more like it's really fun to play golf and I don't want to do anything else.
On my way to Dubai and since everything lately has been on a stupidly tight schedule my off season workout schedule has been taking some hits. It will change from now on. All focus will be on golf and on things that will improve my golf, such as working out and running and all other things that's good for the body.
But, even when you don't have much time you can still manage a quick workout. Me and my Physio Pierre often do quick sessions anyway out at tournaments. Here is a session we do very often:
1. 3 warm up flexibility exercises. Takes about 5 minutes
2. Komplex strength with the olympic bar. First warm-up then 3 reps on each of the 5 exercises with as heavy weight as I can get up. 3 sets on that. Takes about 10 minutes.
3. Hang cleans. 2 sets 3 reps on as heavy as I can. 2 sets of 2 reps on as heavy as I can and finish of with 2 sets of 1 reps on as heavy as I can. Takes aobut 8 minutes.
4. 3-5 ab exercises. Takes about 5 minutes.
5. Stretch. 4 minutes.
In total: great speed and overall training in 32 mintues. In and out!
Heading to Dubai in 3 hours. This will be the start of my preparation for the 2011 season. I want to win again. It was the best feeling I've ever had and I want it badly!
It's been very hectic lately and finally I'll have time to settle down and get into a nice practice routine down there. I don't know exactly where I'm gonna spend the rest of the winter. The best possible scenario would be to practice at a very good and super difficult course (like the week we had at Valderrama a few weeks ago) with a nice practice facility. Maybe in Asia, maybe in Europe?
See you guys in Dubai and I'll have more time to update this blog and get it going!
I'm more motivated than ever before. Caddying really helped to increase the motivation level!!!
Had a great week caddying and we had a lot of fun! Didn't reach as far as we wanted but we move on!
As far as caddying goes, it's a tough job. All players need different caddies. Have to tell you a little story about Retief Goosen's caddie. Retief has his wife's brother on the bag. He has never played golf. Never caddied before. But he does what Retief wants, to shut up and keep up. Reteif takes his own yardages and his caddie just carries the bag and rakes bunkers. That's it. He has never told Retief anything and Reteif has never asked him anything. Reteif was playing in The Masters this year and stood on the 6th tee and there was a thick wrowd gathered. Reteif all of a sudden asked his caddie if he thought it was a 5 or a 6 iron. The caddie took out his cigarette and glanzed at Reteif and said, "how the f#ck would I know" and went back to watching the crowd...
That's how involved he is...
Me and Pierre are heading down to Edfors wedding on saturday. I hope we can use his gym as we will get one workout up on Johan as he will probably prepare for the wedding...sweet!
Back soon from a now sunnier Spain!