It is bed time in Vail, Colorado, and I am waiting on the Alka-Seltzer PM to kick in. My schedule of games for tomorrow is pretty packed. Six games in a row back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back. That is a lot of games. I spoke with one of the crew chiefs about how tomorrow’s games usually go, and he said in no small words, “it sucks.” It’s a lot of games with a lot of running. All at 8,500 feet above sea level.
I am looking forward to how I stack up with the high level of play that I am expecting from the teams, and what my crew chief and the clinicians have to say about my game. I will admit, I am a little scared about doing six games at altitude, but I think that after the first half or first game I will get my legs under me and will be able to get after it pretty well. At least that is what I am hoping for.
Fortunately, I know my capabilities. I’ve done 14 games in a weekend before in 95 degree Georgia heat. So I can handle six games at around 70 degrees. Plus, they are 20-minute running time halves so that is good as well. Five minute break at halftime, and if we stay on schedule roughly ten minutes of break time between games. I have plenty of Pedialyte stocked up to keep me hydrated, and I’ve been downing water like a parched camel for the last day and a half. So I feel pretty good on the hydration front.
All I have to remember is that I’m going out to ref some lacrosse and to have fun doing it. I’ll post tomorrow night about the day’s games, and what critiques I got from the experienced officials.