The Midnight Rider Training Journal

Midnight RiderThe Midnight Rider, who is a veteran of the RPS circuit is writing a training journal on the World RPS bullboard in the weeks leading up to the World Rock Paper Scissors Championships on October 13th in Toronto . We thought other players might be interested in looking at how a professional gets ready for competition:

Six weeks until I leave for San Francisco and the Fifth Annual Roshambo Winery RPS Championship.  My training starts today.

With three back-to-back World RPS Sanctioned Events taking place in October (the others are the World RPS Championships and the Keystone Classic,) the 2007 Season (hereafter known as "Hell Week") will go on record as being the most brutal of all time.  A professional player like myself will only train with the very best.  The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in combat.  That's why I will be training three times a week in the Lion's Den, one of the sport's most feared training institutions.  My primary training partner will be none other than Fattyus Maximus. …READ MORE

Midnight RiderThe Midnight Rider, who is a long time veteran of the RPS circuit is writing a training journal on the World RPS bullboard in the weeks leading up to the big show . We thought other players might be interested in looking at how a professional gets ready for competition:

Six weeks until I leave for San Francisco and the Fifth Annual Roshambo Winery RPS Championship.  My training starts today.

With three back-to-back World RPS Sanctioned Events taking place in October (the others are the World RPS Championships and the Keystone Classic,) the 2007 Season (hereafter known as "Hell Week") will go on record as being the most brutal of all time.  A professional player like myself will only train with the very best.  The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in combat.  That's why I will be training three times a week in the Lion's Den, one of the sport's most feared training institutions.  My primary training partner will be none other than Fattyus Maximus.

For those who have never utilized a personal RPS trainer, I highly recommend it.  With the Roshambo Winery Championship being a two-prime affair, my mind has been consumed with thoughts of how best to train, keeping in mind that the World Championships is three-prime.  At one point, I even considered training one hand in two-prime and the other in three.  Having a trainer frees your mind of these decisions.  You trust your trainer and you trust your training.  During our training sessions, Maximus and I will play up to three matches, with him choosing the style.  Two-prime, three-prime, lightning round, tournament style, Hustler; all will be present in the training schedule.  I also plan on scheduling one or two consultations with world famous RPS trainers like custardchuk, C. Urbanus and Jerry "Snaggletooth" Glaab in order to work on specific defects in my game.

I am focusing much more on the role of nutrition this season.  After extensive personal experimentation, I have determined the foods that work best for me in terms of meeting my nutritional needs as well as providing sustained energy throughout the day.  Specifically, I am ephasizing whole grains and foods rich in Omega-3's, as well as Thai chiles, pickled hailstones, rattlesnake venom, and broken glass.  As for meeting my protein needs, after weighing the relative merits of red meat, poultry, lamb, pork, eggs and fish, I have decided to focus primarily on meats that come from animals I have hunted and killed myself, preferably with my bare hands.  I promise the queasy that they will have clean, humane deaths and will not suffer.  The same will not be said for my opponents during Hell Week.

Regarding my physical training, I've been trying something new to prepare me for Hell Week; I've been chopping wood for this one.  Also, I have become much more aware of the need for core strength, and have been punishing myself with brutal plank sessions lasting up to two minutes (Maximus calls it the "stress position.")  This should help with a devastating new delivery style I have discovered.

With my intensive training in the Lion's Den taking up only three days, I will have much of the rest of the week to work on my strategy.  I've been relying on superstition and the occult for far too long.  I don't plan on entirely abandoning the occult, but I may lay a few superstitions aside.  I don't plan on bringing my silver dollar, for one.  In viewing my tapes, I discovered that I always start my matches with a coin flip, then start with my left hand in the first set before switching to my right.  It occured to me that this borderline OCD behavior (has anyone else noticed this?) could make me a predictable player.  I also bought a new shirt, bringing my total number of shirts to three.

Training is not merely a means to an end, it is an end unto itself.  The process of taking an honest self-assessment and determing what you want to be asserts a fundamental belief in the ability to affect positive change in one's life. This alone is of inestimable value. 

As Hell Week approaches, I will use this forum as my training journal.  I will report my successes and failures, and anything else that seems worth considering.  The training in the coming weeks will not be easy; proper training affects you on every level, including the emotional and spiritual.  It is to the future of the sport and to my training partners that I dedicate this journal.