I absolutely love playing field hockey, with my debut for the Hockeyroos (the Australian national team) fulfilling a childhood dream of mine.
My role as a midfielder places a lot of physical demands on my body with my position requiring a high base fitness level consistently to ensure I can cope with the continuous repetitions injury free whilst still attacking forward with high speed and create a counter attack against the opposition. The great thing about the sport is that it comprises a plethora of components including tactical elements, high level of skill, endurance, creativity, agility and, of course, running.
Our physiologist meticulously plans our training program with fitness testing occurring every 6 weeks. Speed gates and a beep test are the usual tests with a 15 metre agility component being a recent addition, however 2x1.5km trail runs are not uncommon either to spice things up. Every training is tracked via GPS with our distance and high intensity intervals (>5 metre per second) being measured to ensure our loads are correct. During a game I will typically run between 5-7km so it’s vital I’m reaching these numbers to prepare me for upcoming tournaments which can see us run over 30km in a week.
For me, discovering On’s Cloudventure gives me the ability to play with confidence knowing that I’m wearing a shoe that allows me to be nimble and lightweight, eliminating opponents with simple, quick changes of direction which is the biggest strength of my game.