Group Outcome

Last weekend we went camping at Rathtrevor with a large group of our friends. It was the first time in 3 years that we had gone with them. The last time we went it was such a disaster (Amy was only a few months old and not sleeping) that we went home after the first night.

This year was much different.

The kids slept very well, once they got to sleep. They had a great time playing with friends, and for the most part were pretty hands free. The singalong was lots of fun with them too.

One thing Elliot was looking forward to for a long time was during the camping trip he wanted the training wheel taken off his bike. We talked a bit about what might happen (falling), and how we would teach him to ride (start by coasting down a hill with no pedals on the bike). After a couple coasting runs he was game to try pedalling. The video below shows the outcome.

It was pretty amazing to see him take off like that. He did three or four laps like this, then suddenly he wanted the training wheels back on. He can’t start riding on his own yet, and I think that he likes the freedom of being to just get on his bike and ride. We also need to work on stopping and dismounting, but that will come later.

The rest of the camping trip was great. It was a lot of fun to catch up with friends I haven’t talked to in a while. Drinking beer, standing around the campfire is always a good time too. When Sunday rolled around I was a little sad that we had to pack up and head home.

Discovered Passes

Ulti tonight was a ton of fun. I was the first person there, and quickly discovered that there were three guys and one woman. Noone else on our team showed. We managed to pick up two more guys and fielded a team of 6.

Our opponents were strong and plenty. They had several subs.

The game itself was pretty one sided. We had to zone them, and they got to go man with a floater. Still, we managed to score quickly and often. We were definitely the stronger team. We were able to complete our passes, break our checks, and make the catches we needed.

On the defense side we were effective. The 2 person cup was kept busy, the mids did their thing, and the lone long kept everyone moving. I was in the cup for a while, but then settled into a mid position. I was even fortunate to make a good defensive maneuver. I saw that a swing was about to happen, and managed to take a swipe at the disk and knock it down.

Heading to the game I was pretty tired. I didn’t sleep well last night and felt like I was running on fumes. Once the game started a switch was flipped. I was running strong and didn’t once think I was tired. I was doing well until I started to stitch up. I took it easy for a few points until that cleared.

I also made some good catches. There was one that I caught for a point that was fun. We caused a turn over and as we were setting up for the offensive, I saw someone checking me. Suddenly she turned away and I was left alone. There was noone between myself and the end zone. I took off, yelled that I was poached, and kept going. The disk was thrown perfectly. It traveled up the sideline, but just out of bounds. When it caught up to me I was able to reach out of bounds and haul it in.

Let’s see what happens next week.