THROUGHOUT my career I've always done everything possible to ensure I prepare for games properly.
These days it's even more important as I try to get my ageing body through another WNBL season.
When I was younger I could train everyday and recover really quickly.
These days I can only get through one training session per day whether that be a shooting session, a running session, a weights session or a pool session.
If I try to do two sessions per day I feel really heavy and tired.
A big part of my recovery is ice baths.
After games and training I swear by ice baths.
They really help me recover to get ready for the next game. It's uncomfortable to get into the freezing baths, but it's worth it in the long run.
Another big key for me is sleep.
Road double-headers like the Bendigo Spirit had last weekend are particularly tough when it comes to preparation.
We left Bendigo last Thursday night and I really struggled when it came to sleeping.
Getting a good nights sleep is a massive part of keeping yourself fresh and ready to go.
Where we were staying in Sydney last weekend you could hear every truck go past and I was really restless.
Getting to bed at a reasonable time is important. After the game last Friday night it was hard to wind down and I didn't get to sleep until about 1am.
Food and fluids play an important role as well.
The night before a game I'll always eat a healthy dinner.
On game day my pre-game meal most of the time is a banana sandwich. I don't like to have anything too heavy.
After the game I always have a Sustagen drink.
Through the week I drink as much water as I can.
Getting good food when we're on the road can be a problem, but this year the WNBL is very lucky to have Virgin as a major sponsor.
As part of that deal the players get to use the Virgin Lounge airports.
That means we get access to some good foods rather than going to take away food outlets at airports.
We can sit back and relax in the lounge and eat salad or soup or some toasted sandwiches.
It mightn't sound like much, but it makes a massive difference.
My Monday ritual is a trip to the physio and the Victorian Institute of Sport, where I'm lucky enough to have a scholarship.
The VIS has hot and cold water pools where I normally get in the hot and cold water two minutes at a time, five or six times per session.
The physio is all about maintenance. I get my back and Achilles worked on and do some stretching.
At the moment, touch wood, I feel pretty good and I don't have any injury problems. Hopefully, it stays that way for the rest of the WNBL season.
The Spirit are at home to West Coast this Friday night. Hope to see everyone there.
The secrets to Bendigo Spirit star's longevity
Sleeping well is a massive part of keeping yourself fresh and ready to go