October 27, 2010
Taoyuan International Airport, Taipei, Taiwan
I’m sitting at an empty gate here in Taipei after a 14-hour flight from Los Angeles. I left LA at 1 am Tuesday morning, and now it’s 8:20 a.m. local time Wednesday, as we flew through the night, chasing the midnight moon around the globe. I’m now waiting until 1 p.m. when my flight to Bangkok leaves, which will then be followed by a quick flight this evening to the location of the first tournament, Vientiane, Laos. Overall, 27 hours of travel, not counting the time change in which I lose an additional 16 hours. But life is good at the vacant Gate A4, as I found the NBA season opener between the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics streaming live online, allowing me to kill at least a couple of hours.
I spent my last couple days in Redondo Beach packing and running last minute errands before my Monday night/Tuesday morning flight. I have been running on the beach and doing lots of court sprints every day to get myself ready for the heat and humidity of Laos and Thailand. In addition, to keep improving my service game I’ve been serving baskets every day, working on power and placement, and using my legs to generate pace. Nutrition and hydration are also going to be extremely important, and I’ve started drinking lots of water and eating lots of carbohydrates to get my body feeling strong and energized.
I feel that I’m well prepared and am getting better with each match that I play. Whatever happens in Asia is going to happen, but I feel that I have given myself a great opportunity to do well over here. I’ll be arriving Wednesday night and am planning on spending a good amount of time on the court on Thursday, along with about an hour and a half on Friday to get used to the conditions (different balls, different courts, warm and humid weather). The qualifying for the first tournament will begin on Saturday, where I will have to win two rounds to reach the main draw. Stay tuned for updates from Laos! Thanks for reading…