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Sid_Vicious
10-27-2004, 03:14 PM
Ok I'm running on low fuel and a bottoming of my physical enthusiasm, I wasn't supposed to play in league tonight so I burnt my candle at both ends last night,,,well you guessed it, I'm informed that I will play tonight. Tell me, how do I get my legs and mind into this event, knowing I am going to be an hour away from home at 11PM before league is over, instead of already being asleep for an hour?

How do you rouse yourself up for playing well under sudden circumstances, which generally speaking come at a time entirely absent as the thing you'd care to do at the time?

My idea so far is hitting the brown bottles and manufacturing an artificial enthusiasm. Ideas???sid

Cueless Joey
10-27-2004, 03:18 PM
Play the Rocky theme song, Gonna Fly Now, on the way to the hall.
/ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif
Or just empty your mind.

PQQLK9
10-27-2004, 03:21 PM
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Sid_Vicious
10-27-2004, 03:36 PM
Will that correct the basic attitude? sid

Chris Cass
10-27-2004, 09:26 PM
Hi Sid,

You need to eat some icecream. I was dead dog tired at Oleath, KS event way back when and had 2 small icecream sandwich bars from their icecream freezer. It wasn't 5 mins and I was ready to play some. Won $50. on a side bet on one pocket. Could have been a hundred? I don't remember. I do know it was playing my buddy from MN great player named Ty Wilson. I like that guy. Wasn't even his doe either. lol

Regards,

C.C.

catscradle
10-28-2004, 05:40 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Sid_Vicious:</font><hr> Ok I'm running on low fuel and a bottoming of my physical enthusiasm, I wasn't supposed to play in league tonight so I burnt my candle at both ends last night,,,well you guessed it, I'm informed that I will play tonight. Tell me, how do I get my legs and mind into this event, knowing I am going to be an hour away from home at 11PM before league is over, instead of already being asleep for an hour?

How do you rouse yourself up for playing well under sudden circumstances, which generally speaking come at a time entirely absent as the thing you'd care to do at the time?

My idea so far is hitting the brown bottles and manufacturing an artificial enthusiasm. Ideas???sid <hr /></blockquote>

Red Bull?

Chris Cass
10-28-2004, 06:00 AM
Yuck, it's like drinking a mouth full of liquid Sweetarts or whatever that candy is. There's better stuff but can't think of the name of it. It's like letters only I think?

Regards,

C.C.~~haven't tried it though. have tried the Red Bull.

Popcorn
10-28-2004, 06:44 AM
The serious answer is, you have to be in good shape to play. Staying away from sugar, caffeine and alcohol, and I mean 100% is a good start.

JimS
10-28-2004, 07:01 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Popcorn:</font><hr> The serious answer is, you have to be in good shape to play. Staying away from sugar, caffeine and alcohol, and I mean 100% is a good start. <hr /></blockquote>

WOW! That IS a serious answer!! /ccboard/images/graemlins/wink.gif But it is the truth. I got the avoid alcohol part down pretty good but the sugar and caffeine......

cheesemouse
10-28-2004, 07:02 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Popcorn:</font><hr> The serious answer is, you have to be in good shape to play. Staying away from sugar, caffeine and alcohol, and I mean 100% is a good start. <hr /></blockquote>

Man, is my game ever in trouble... /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

SpiderMan
10-28-2004, 07:31 AM
Wow, they're getting pretty heavy-handed on deleting a little light humor!

SpiderMan

Chris Cass
10-28-2004, 11:19 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Popcorn:</font><hr> The serious answer is, you have to be in good shape to play. Staying away from sugar, caffeine and alcohol, and I mean 100% is a good start. <hr /></blockquote>

I totally agree with you Popcorn but it's when your dead dog tired and have been waiting forever to play is when you need to get your head and body back into the game. I think everyone has had times like that. Atleast sessions like that if not tournament play.

Regards,

C.C.~~knows the value of a clear mind and body. Getting back there by leaps pretty soon. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Sid_Vicious
10-28-2004, 12:58 PM
Well the alcohol was a key ingredient this time, I took the plan of tossing the Visa at the bartender and pleasing myself,,,worked like a charm. Even if I'd lost I would have at least felt I was entertained. I didn't set the billiard world on fire but there were more good moments than bad ones...sid

Popcorn
10-28-2004, 01:32 PM
Just water can give you a boost. A lot of people are dehydrated especially if they drink soda. It just does nothing for you. There was a good book by Dr. Haas he worked with Jimmy Connors. Connors credited him with extending his career with good nutrition. Connors said he always drank Coke when he played and once he got off that his game actually improved. You can do anything when you are young but as you get older it takes it's toll. Haas's book was "Eat to win" or something like that.

ceebee
10-29-2004, 05:31 AM
Sid, there's a drink called SPARK ! It's wonderful for getting a boost of mental &amp; physical energy. It is sold by the Advo-Care company, a setup like Shaklee or Amway. A box costs $30 for a month's supply. It is beyond a doubt, a magnificent &amp; nutritious drink. It comes in a pouch &amp; you mix it in water.. 20-30 minutes later, you are there.. guaranteed or your money back!

You can probably buy it from someone you work with. SPARK is unbelievable, but it works and you will start carrying a couple of packets in your Cue Case.

Chris Cass
10-29-2004, 09:25 AM
Hi Sid,

I haven't drank since 1985 or 86 till I met SPetty in Vegas. /ccboard/images/graemlins/confused.gif Anyway, I don't hold it against anyone who does. Some play more relaxed and really have a hard time playing without drinking atleast a beer.

Most do drink beer so it's not as devistating as it is for me a non-drinker for so long. I prefer to play without any type of drug in my system. I've played that way for so long that it's what I'm used to. I do my best that way too.

I've been taking Hydrocordone (the big ones) for the last 2 yrs for pain since my surgery. it's a rough narcotic too. It messes with my vision and somewhat personality too. I've been on the drug like I've said since my surgery.

I had developed Herpes Zoster (chicken poxs) while in physical theropy. Seemed the trama set it off. It's extremely painful. The blisters went from the middle of my upper back to the other side across my chest. They weren't little things either. I remember them breaking and spreading all over me. It was horrible. I would move in the bed and they would pop and just hurt so bad.

This pain, can go on well after the shingles leave as they did with me. I was given Hydrocordone pills 2 every 4hrs in the hospital. After leaving I had weened myself off 7 other drugs but could go below 3 per day with the Hydrocordone.

Here I am going on 2 yrs and the pain in my ribs is still so tremendous. Well, all extending from the shingles that aren't there anymore. My oncologist just abruptly took me off these things this mth. The very next day I was doubled over and couldn't work or play. I got into the chrio to see if he could help with the back pain.

I have been seeing him every other day since. After about 12 days Whiteys had a tourney. I wanted so bad to play I was so determined to play that I asked a friend of mine for one of his Oxycottons. Well, low in miligrams but helped enough to get me into my first match.

Mistake, a race to 9 on a bar table swap breaks and I missed 6 nine balls, 1 seven ball and 1 eight ball. I lost 9-5. I ran every rack and made every ball I shot but couldn't get out. Jamie Baraks told me he had to stop watching me as it even made him sick.

The pain persisted. I borrowed a few Perkidans(?) off someone and helped relieve my pain once again but still felt it. Wonm my next match barely as my opponent argued with me over a foul that he pushed threw the ball. I told him I heard the double click as everyone else did but wouldn't get involved so I let it go.

The next shot I safed him on he hit the ball with the cb trying to get a hit on the 1 ball. I had him froze to the 2 ball and now the guy says he didn't hit it. I sat there and watched him. Well, I went off. I told him first you puch threw the ball and don't hear it theen now you can't see it? I told him to F#%^&amp;'N pay attention. He wasn't no little guy either but I didn't care. I let it go again as he apologized after I was forced to run out. Now, I'm on the hill with the guy and I should have won the match 9-6. My break and he walks up again and apologized once more as his friend told him on the side, I guess.

I never talk to anyone like that and was sorry I had. I told him I too was sorry for treating him so meanly. I broke and ran out and won the match. My next match the pain started back in. JimS from the board came over and watched. He said a few things as I played this old man that couldn't do anything wrong. I was losing and Jim told me to take a bathroom break as I was clearly ready to blow again. Well, it wasn't long before I turned to Jim and asked him, " Have you noticed I've lost everytime he was near me?" Talk about being rude to a friend. I turned to apologize after my shot and Jim had gone. Still feel bad about that one.

Anyway, I knew there was a problem. The following Mon I went to the chiro and then to my new Dr. and requested he get me in the pain clinic. I went there after my appt that was 1 chiro and 2 Dr.' in one day. I was so lucky. I met with a Dr. that's an anesthesiologist not to mention a osteopath and has had back surgery himself. What luck.

I can't tell you how happy I am right now. Finally a light at the end of the tunnel. I told him of my history as he already knew me from the hospital records. He knew what I've been through and knew my pain. I told him of the Hydrocordone and told him I didn't think I was hooked but was in deep pain.

I told him I might also be physically addicted too. He told me that he had no problem prescribing me the Hydo as I did need it for a short time still. He of course put me at 1 per 6 hrs. He also told me that I should have been to see him after 6 mths with this pain and my oncologist just kept prescribing them till he found, the Cancer had left my body.

He then, gave me a block shot in my back between my ribs as they've hurt since and that's why I needed the Hydro. Now, I'm in pain from the chiro as he is trying to loosen up my bones from being in bed for 3 mths. Seems my ribs don't breath with my lungs. I need the chiro and probably 4-5 more block treatments. Tough shots to take and the chiro is brutal for me but I see the light at the end.

Soon I'll be right and clean and ready to do what I was born to do, Play some. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

A bit too long but for anyone reading this should know that drugs don't help your game. They mask the pain and might mask the play too. JAT

Regards,

C.C.~~thanks for the ear. sorry.

Ross
10-29-2004, 02:43 PM
Chris, in 2003 I had to have two surgeries on my leg for a nerve problem. They were able to repair it enough that I recovered most of the functioning in my leg muscles but there was permanent nerve damage which has left me with chronic leg pain. Sometimes the pain is not so much and I can ignore it.
But other times it gets so bad that I also have had to take hydrocodone.

When I take it I take the lowest dose available. I haven't been as disciplined as I should in seeing how it affects my shooting, but my impression is that I shoot as well or possibly better after taking it. Normally I tend to worry too much about missing, etc., and it has an anti-inhibiting effect that is probably good for my game. Similar to the effects of a little alcohol.

But like you I find that it also really un-inhibits my mouth as well! I am more likely to say something a little out of line to someone and not care about their reaction. So I know where you are coming from. I don't know what the answer is, because nerve pain does not respond that well to tylenol and advil. I just have to be careful with what I say when I have to take the stronger stuff, I guess.

Hope you can get better control of that pain, buddy. I know how it can really wear one out. I'm glad to hear you have a good pain specialist - they can really be helpful at learning to manage chronic pain. Good luck with it!

Chris Cass
10-29-2004, 03:19 PM
Thanks Ross,

I talk to the Dr. and he told me they have to actually reset the nerves. They do this with the freeze or what seems to be a epidural. It returns the system to normal after time. The nerve damage was bad but it regrows and the new nerve ends are the ones that are giving the problems too. After the shot block it resets and should stop after time.

I thought I would be numb the entire time and worried that if I ever did get hurt I wouldn't know or feel it. Not the case. It only works for a couple hrs and the benifits are that it can be fixed. Then, there's the case where it's so bad that they actually have to operate and snip a certain nerve. That case I'm not sure I could go through. Seems an operation even after 2 yrs has passed will freak me out.

Anyway, my pain has gone for now and have only the pain in the middle of my back that's behind my stitches of the right shoulder blade. That one feels like someone has shoved a 1" pipe threw me. My lower back muscles are always locked up but I contribute that to the chiro' adjustments. My ribs need spreading and adjusted to work with my lungs and I see this going in my favor in about 2 more mths.

I'm actually relieved and see that I'm finally closing the chapter on my past and going forward. I plan on being free of all and any drugs except for the Albuteral. I'll need that forever. That isn't too bad and as long as humidity isn't bad I'm good.

I'm seeing good things coming. Hope you will too soon.

C.C.

Popcorn
10-29-2004, 03:30 PM
I don't know about that Spark. Other then some added vitamins and minerals, 44 of it's 45 calories come from maltodextrin, (corn syrup), that plus the 120 mg. of caffeine is where you get the jolt. If you drink two cups of coffee, (about 70mgs of caffeine each), with sugar and take a one a day you have about the same thing. The problem is, anything that brings you up, has to let you down. That stuff may even give you the shakes, not too good for a pool player. I am not kidding, just drink plenty of water and stay hydrated and you will not burn out and have an even amount of energy without the ups and downs. You might live a little longer also.

JimS
10-29-2004, 04:29 PM
Learn to meditate. I'm serious. When you become skilled at meditating you will be able to bring about greatly increased energy levels when needed. Yeah....I know...it sounds like a bunch of new age bulldooodooo. /ccboard/images/graemlins/cool.gif Works for me.