It has been a while since I last wrote, but the Las Vegas Sun and I agreed on a monthly
column from now till the beginning of next years WNBA season. Thus we can stay in touch
even during my American offseason, which is great.
I have arrived safely in Rovereto, Italy, and Im on my way to start a new round of
basketball. After taking three weeks off, it is definitely a challenge to get back into game
shape. You should have seen me: I arrived last Friday and we had a two-day tournament
starting the next day. All I could yell was: "Oxygen tent PLEASE!" Thats the price I had to
pay, though, for taking a little vacation. But believe me -- it was worth it, especially
because I was able to rest my mind. At this point I really need my mind, because I have to
make sure that I have a healthy balance between going hard and smart in the near future, so
that my feet (my inflamed Achilles) can continue to heal properly.
Today was my first real day, and it went pretty well -- still dont know how Ill be feeling
tomorrow though (Smile). I condition and strength train for more than two hours in the
morning, followed by two hours at night with the team on the court. I am so excited, because
this year our new strength and conditioning coach is Antonella Bellutti. She is great --
pretty close to my excellent coach at UNLV, Annette Hill. Antonella has won two Olympic gold
medals in bicycling, so she really knows what she is doing, because she has been there.
Besides that, everything is the same: I live in the same place as last year, have the same
teammates, the same coach, I drive the same car, and play in the same gym. So this year my
arrival has been smoother compared to last years. I wish I could say that my Italian
speaking is as advanced as it should be, but Im going to have to pass on that one.
Im truly willing to learn, but it has been hard. And it is because everyone over here
adjusts to the languages that I speak to speed up conversations. So I either end up speaking
German or English. That doesnt really help me. When I came to the States five years ago
nobody spoke German with me, so I was forced to learn English quickly. That made my life a
lot harder at that particular moment, but look at me now -- just kidding -- but yes, for the
long run it has definitely been good for me.
When I walked home from practice tonight -- it is a 10-minute walk from our "palazzetro" to
my "casa" -- I was thinking of something. I want to give you a chance to e-mail me some
questions you have about Italy, basketball, or anything that you might want to know about my
life. I will answer the questions in future columns. What do you think? I think it sounds
GREAT! So lets hurry -- run to the computer and e-mail me on my Website.
I look forward to hearing your questions.
God bless. Ciao, Linda #31.
Linda Frhlich, a former All-American at UNLV, just finished her second season with the
New York Liberty. She writes a column the first Thursday of the month in the Las Vegas Sun.
Check out what Lindas up to by logging onto her Web site at www.lindafrohlich.com