That’s right, it is time to start thinking about planting (as if it hasn’t crossed your mind at least once daily…). Assuming that you all included the resolution of cashing in on what is looking like a very lucrative 2008 season, there will be a few things that you’ll want to get in order before May 1st.
First: Fitness should be high on the list of things your prepare before you enter the bush. 4 months may seem like a long time, but work that you put in now will pay off later in the season as your body will be more used to daily abuse. Plus all this holiday eating and partying I’m sure has made all of us a little less “streamlined”, if you catch my drift…. I know I’ve said before that physicality will become less important to mentality in this game, but being fit will only help you.
And on that mentaliy note, we will segue.
Second: It’s time to start thinking about what your game face is going to look like. You need to start thinking hard about where your motivation to keep planting is going to come from. You are about to venture on probably the biggest emotional roller-coaster you’ve ever experienced. Your mind will be given vast amounts of open space to wander as it sees fit, and it will take full advantage, unless you tighten the reigns every once in a while and get it on the “plant harder” path. That being said, everyone has their own method of motivation. Some people thrive on the competition, and I know a few people who have already started trash talking. Whatever method you choose, give it some though now and get yourself focused.
Last but not least: Gear. This is going to need a full post…