The NAH is looking to gather information on building, expanding, and improving hardcourt bike polo infrastructure, and they are looking for your help in doing so! Here is the announcement they made this morning in English, French, and Spanish:
Ah, resolutions. As useful as shoes for a fish and just as unfathomable (see. See what I did there? Fathom. Fish. Wet shoes. Ah man. That’s good).
But for as much as I don’t see the point, I do set some focuses for myself every year (just as quickly abandoned) and I’d like to share my polo centric ones with you.
Just because I know you’re curious: my other life focuses include bowling better, getting more regular haircuts, and owning a pair of brass knuckles for funsies.
Anywhoo, the list:
Build up my endurance/cardio: As most of you know, my heart is shit. It’s the worst. And being out of shape makes my useless heart even more useless. I’m hoping to work on my cardio and endurance a bit more this year only for the sake of being a stronger polo player. Sure, there is the side benefit of probably living longer, but that’s not nearly so important.
How am I going to do this? By
stealing borrowing Alex’s bike trainer and pedaling at least 20 miles a week (to start, to start. You have no idea how much I don’t move on any given day). When the weather gets warmer I’ll also start going down the rail trail with my wife, and maybe if I convince myself/see that those actions are actually helping, I’ll add more to the mix. At this point, I’ll just be happy if I can find a rhythm on my bike indoors while watching period pieces about put-out women.
Work on teamwork: I’m a pretty team centric guy, but that’s not to say that I don’t have room to grow. I think a good team can beat a good player any day of the polo week, and seeing as though I’m not a particularly good player, I might as well focus on the other side of that mix.
By working on teamwork, I mean recognizing when to pass, when to block, and when to assist. I mean having better communication and being willing to help other people on my team see what is working and what isn’t. It’s not anything amazing, I know, but I feel like there were plenty of times in 2014 where I simply failed to think like a team mate, leading to dumb goals or bad situations.
Not being scared of my bike: Hyperbole, sure. I mean I don’t want to be unfamiliar with anything my bike can or can’t do. I want to get to a point where I can lean further, hop around, wheelie turn, all of that jazz. This is the biggest challenge, and I realize it’s going to be the one that is the least fun to work on; but here we are. I’m going to trrrryyyy to familiarize myself to a point where I’m not even thinking about my bike when doing crazy stuff (which I certainly still do now).
And that’s my list for 2015, soon to be ignored and forgotten about, I’m sure.
Last summer the slaydies of The Trixies hardcourt bike polo team put together this bike polo player calendar with funds going to promote the expansion of women in bike polo. The extras were picked up by Heckler’s Alley so that players world wide could pick up one of these amazing bike polo calendars. So with 2015 only a few days away, follow this link HERE to pick one up!
Last week we showed you some images of a brand new carbon fiber hardcourt bike polo shaft coming out of Taiwan and now the Attaquer is available to the public! To pick one up, head over to the Attaquer Facebook Page and shoot them a message. You can also contact Attaquer via email using firstname.lastname@example.org. Pick some up, I’d love to see how these things hold up on the court.
This past week some AMAZING footage from the 2014 French Hardcourt Bike Polo Championship surfaced online. The five and a half minute video highlights some of the best action from the tournament. I know you’ll enjoy this one!