Friday 19 January 2018

The red clay of Roland Garros court means it's time to live BIG

By david looby

David Looby
David Looby
The king of clay Rafael Nadal is hoping to recapture his form this week

THERE was a guy knocking a ball over the net with effortless brilliance at Roland Garros court in France yesterday.

'He's an inspiration and confidence type player which explains his up and down results,' one of the commentators opined.

That perfectly summed me up as at that particular moment, in this my penultimate week of my 12-week challenge, I was supposed to be on the other side of the glass door, in a world of exercise, skipping to be exact.

That was due to be followed by a run to start my week on the right footing.

Munching on my lunch I couldn't help but smile as Lukas Rosol battled his way to win point after point against last year's champion Stan Wawrinka in a David versus Goliath encounter.

For me the French Open marks the beginning of summer. I was never one for the great debate about when summer should start and when it should end. The sight of the red clay baking in the sun is enough to get me into a summery mindset. I was always an 'inspiration and confidence' type player. Spanish and French students who used to come stay in our house every summer would attest to this. It was Andre Agassi and Ivan Lendl (and possibly Monica Seles) and not Andy Murray or Novak Djokovic who inspired me at the time.

As is the case on the great stage that is the Roland Garros court, so it goes in life and although I didn't have a great start to my 11th exercise week, I plan to bounce back tomorrow.

Last week's weigh-in was encouraging. After a wedding and a night out, coupled with my team's loss in the Europa League final and the ensuing hangover from that, I wasn't exactly feeling like Conor McGregor - more like the UFC fighter Jason 'Mayhem' Miller, who weighed in 24-pounds overweight last week.

The amazing news is that my weight has dropped from 173.4 lbs to 163.1 lbs in ten weeks. My Body Mass Index has fallen from 25.2 to 22.3. My Body Fat is down from 19 to 14.2, my Body Water Percentage is also going in the right direction, up from 55.3 to 59 and my Metabolic Age has dropped from 33 to 23, perhaps accurately reflecting my maturity age!

With the fine weather I have dusted off the barbecue and that film of complacency I had about how clean and well kept my garden and house was has been burned away, leaving me with a mountain of work to do.

But back to the barbecue. I have been eating sizzling burgers in (heaven's forbid) burger buns and have enjoyed a few beers sitting in the sun listening to Bowie and Iggy Pop.

The summer wardrobe has been a source of much annoyance as my t-shirts are now like tents on me and my shorts are hanging off me and have fallen off in the local pool on occasion. With a holiday coming up in June, I have to go shopping again and that will only be the start of it, that is, once I can tear myself from the couch and leave the tennis for the pros, while I hit the roads.

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