August 22, 2010
: Training in the smoke
Before the World Championship ... in less that a month. We have
done a lot of work, but we have not reached our highest potential...
Our training takes place at Novogorsk, where the heat was
unbearable, and with lots of smog, we continued to work. Despite
the fact that in all the rooms and the gym there were air conditioners,
smoke lights were everywhere. It was really hard to breathe, his
eyes constantly red ...
I remember that even a morning of training, the girls came
with masks and try - just for laughing- to run in this uniform,
"but, of course, it was impossible!
When it became very difficult to train, our coach, has organized
a trip to San Petersburg, but the tide has turned, all of the
smoke has disappeared, and our team had a sigh of relief!
We carried out several games in Slovakia and Novogorske. In Slovakia,
we lost against the local team and the Brazilian team, but we
won against Serbia, and Novogorsk was twice defeated Poland. Of
course, there are still many elements in which we must persevere
- in peculiar the rebond. Besides, we need to play - to work on
collective action in defense and attack. Now, in the number of
candidates, there are many young players who are new and well
apprenent requirements of high level sport.
Unfortunately, our team has problems with injuries, the
last game of the foot sprain Lena Volkova, Olga Arteshina and
Luda Sapova health until the train across the group. But I
hope that before the start of official meetings, all players recover
and obtain the optimal shape.
This year, Oksana Rakhmatulina has been appointed as team
manager. At first we were very surprised to see Oksana not on
the court with us like in the past... But it took a little time
to realize her new position, and we gradually got used to access
her to get various informations. Oksana has the big advantage
to have the knowledge of the basket from the inside as a former
international player. Its presence in the team allows easier
communication between the federation and the team, which allows
much faster to solve all organizational problems.
The third period went in coming to an end, and the coaching
staff gives players a few days of rest. Taking advantage of this
break, I go to my beloved city of St. Petersburg. I have not been
there for over a year, I really want to see friends and relatives,
and walk in the many beautiful places of the city!