Ok, once again apologies for the delay in blogging. I worked 10 straight days in my day job up until Wednesday and with my attempts to fit training around it, I’ve barely had time to think. I am always tweeting though – @alinthenfl – and seeing as how it’s only 22 days until my date with destiny I’m going to go into update hyperdrive from now-on.
But yeah, things have been getting weirder…
Thursday morning my third instalment of features through my work - http://www.kentonline.co.uk/kentonline/sport/alex-hopes-to-follow-the-11756/ – went live.
Incase you missed it, you can find the first one here http://www.kentonline.co.uk/kentonline/sport/american-dream-for-long-shot-alex-11094/ and the second one here http://www.kentonline.co.uk/kentonline/sport/how-you-can-live-the-11418/
Well I’ll be honest, these pieces don’t generally get much attention, however it seems somebody was taking notice, as UK journalism site extraordinaire posted up this story on Thursday morning too… http://www.holdthefrontpage.co.uk/2014/news/reporter-heads-stateside-for-nfl-trial/
That got a bit more attention, and a dozen or so new twitter followers, however it also got picked up on the other side of the pond.
New York-based website NY Fishbowl came up with this one. http://www.mediabistro.com/fishbowlny/alex-hoad-kent-messenger-new-yorj-jets-nfl-combines_b200587 – just for the record, I didn’t get a call or anything, I had no idea these stories were out there until I saw the links. It’s odd getting a taste of being on the other side of the journalism thing.
I’ll have to get used to it however, I have an interview arranged with gridiron magazine next week, some kind of a before and after thing I am led to believe. That’s going to be interesting. I’ve only ever been interviewed by 10-year-olds at Primary School journalism days before.
There’s more… I had a good 20 minute chat with Stephen Austin, Director of the NFL Regional Combines on Thursday night. He was very intrigued by all this, but was super-nice and was keen for me to meet up with him before the combine out in Morristown, NJ, and see the facility and get acclimatised properly. I have arranged accommodation in the City already, but I’ll see what I can do about getting out there earlier.
I have also managed to line-up a sports massage for after the flight/before the combine, on the advice of a very helpful sports manager/agent, who has promised to help me out if I need anything. I’ve also be granted access to some awesome health club facilities with hot and cold plunges etc, plus gym, to help with final preparation and recovery in the days leading up to Feb 15.
So you may have noticed already that I have posted a training video, they will get better, I promise. Will see what I can do regarding some more from the gym and also route-running, Three-Cone and Short-Shuttle training on Saturday morning.
Thanks for reading. The more interest there has been, the more pressure I am feeling and the more I am trying to channel that into something positive.