The pattern we are gonna bowl on is a 35ft pattern, which makes it a short one. Practice went well, I have a few options going into tomorrow. We actually have practice again tomorrow morning so I have one more chance on trying different surfaces on two of the balls I wasn't using today.
You can find scores on:
www.pwba.com - under tournaments
Or you can follow us on:
We are 6h behind Swedish time, our practice tomorrow is between 8-9am. We bowl our first 6 games at 11am, then another 6games at 4pm. After a total of 12 games top 16 makes matchplay.
So are you ready guys?
Also found a package for me in the bowl, look at my new shirts from high5gear:
OK, fingers crossed people!!
Texas has been amazing. I have been able to catch up on some sleep, got many hours of practice, eating good, got to see some old friends and also made some new ones.
A huge thank you to the Ballards who let me stay at their house and took great care of me.
We are now off to Detroit, alarm went off at 4am and an hour later we were on our way to the airport. Happy my body clock is still on Swedish time which made this morning so much easier!
The flight was a little over 2h.
We have practice later on today and then it all starts tomorrow. I will give you an update about the pattern and where you can follow the tournament.
I don't think I will ever get used to the fact that people are wearing their shoes inside. Question for all my American readers, when do you feel "now is the time to take them off"? Hahaha
It feels so weird, normally that's the first thing I do when I get home - I take off my shoes.
Oh well. Enough about shoes. I made it! I'm finally in Keller, Texas after 18h travelling. I couldn't sleep on the first flight, the long one. When I landed in Chicago I knew I only had about 1h 40mins before my next flight so I asked to get permission to pass the line to costums and go the express line. Well.. I got permission but I definitely hit the wrong line while waiting to go through. The officer kept leaving the booth the whole time so I actually made it through AFTER everyone else in the long line. One lady that worked there asked me if I was a military. Hahaha say what? Do I look like I'm the military? Anyways, next time I'm gonna say yes so I can go through quicker!
Lucky me I made my flight. I fell asleep for a little while also on the last leg.
Del picked me up, staying at his and Carolyns house the next few days. Such a beautiful home!
I'm all cuddle up in bed and ready for some sleep. Waking up early for practice tomorrow!
Good morning Sweden and gnite America
pwba tour - here I come
I'm for once not hungry.
I can't believe the day is already here. It's Monday and I'm on my way to the airport! This is the trip I've been dreaming about since I was a little kid.
I'm ready as ever.
Two and a half week in America. A few days in Keller - Texas, a few days in Detroit - MI for my first pwba tour stop, a week in New Jersey for the US Open and last but not least a few days in New York City.
My plan is to keep you guys updated here on my blog as much as I can but I will probably be updating a lot more on the following accounts:
Twitter - miniheffaa_
Instagram - miniheffaa_
Facebook - Sandra Lilltussen Andersson
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Ängelholm - Copenhagen 🚂
Copenhagen - Chicago ✈
Chicago - Dallas ✈
This is, by far, the hardest blogpost I have ever written here in my blog. It's not gonna be long but the words I'm typing are painful words for me at the moment.
I'm not sure where to start. So many feelings and thoughts in such a short body.
Only seven months into this year and I feel like I'm already ready set and done with it. No doubt that this year has brought me some very amazing memories but right now something else is taking over. For some of you this might be a no biggie but for me, my whole world fell apart two weeks ago.
There is one thing you have been dedicating your whole life to, one thing that you love to the moon and back. You are good at it too. You spend hours and hours and hours to get better, so many hours that you put everything else a side just to be able to do this. Do I need to mention that you actually put in a lot of money too?
And then one day, someone tells you that you're not good enough and they take away what you are working your ass off for, the one thing you have dedicated your life too, the one thing you enjoy the most, the only thing you are good at(or at least supposed to be good at).
Right now. This is my reality.
I have been a part of Team Sweden since 2010 and youths before that. I have bowled 12 championships in the blue and yellow shirt.
I have an amazing offer to travel to America for the Professional Women's Bowling Association tour in August but I'm not sure I'm mentally ready and prepared for this and it breaks my heart.
What would you do?
How would you react?
And most importantly,
How do you bounce back from this?
I don't know if I'm gonna post this or not. I hate being vulnerable. I'm a fighter. I'm truly a fighter but there is only as much a person can take. Please know it takes me a lot to push that "post" button.
Be patient please. I will get back to blogging soon very soon, I promise. I just need some time.
I wanna thank everyone who has reached out to me. Your support means the world to me right now.
Swedish League Playoffs
The best weekend of swedish bowling is finally here!
Team is ready, we are on our way to Jönköping! For those of you who are close to the city please come by and watch, you're not gonna regret it. It's an event you have to experience to understand how great it is. I can already hear the drums.
If you're not able to swing by the bowl there will be live streaming, link:
Team Pergamon - BK Jösse
Team X-calibur - Skrufscha
Team Clan - Kulladal
Spader Dam - Högland
Fingers crossed for team blue, Spader Dam! 💙
bosön, 5km run and practice
The weekend was spent in stockholm at the biggest training facility in sweden. This place is pretty awesome actually, they have a school with different classes, restaurant, hotel, training facility, outdoor jogging tracks in a beautiful environment. Yes, I wish this place was closer to home.
I got to Stockholm on Friday, checked in on Facebook and thanks to that I got a dinner invite from 3 close friends who lives in stockholm. How sweet? Food was delicious and the company was great.
We arrived to Bosön on Saturday around lunch time. Started with lunch and then off to the gym. Went through a bunch of exercises they wanted us to do in the gym, lucky me I already do this type of workout - lifting weights.
After the workout we showered and got ready for a nutrition class - we were gonna make our own dinner. Healthy dishes. I liked all of it except the starter, hot carrot soup.
Main dish was salmon topped with chilisauce, lime, cashew nuts, salt and petter with a potatoes and artichoke purée. This delicious dinner was finished with a berry mascarpone. 👌 yum.
On Sunday we woke up, ate breakfast then off to the gym to do the same routine as we did on Saturday and when we were done with that we decided to play some volleyball. Had so much fun with the girls!
Ended the weekend at Bosön with lunch then off to the airport.
When I got back home I decided to go to the gym and do some interval running with incline on the treadmill. 80min later I was done with my 10km and burned 800cal.. haha I slept like a little baby after this.
-Monday I bowled the finals of the regional tournament. Bowled well but the scores were so high. Unfortunately I couldn't find a way to strike as much as the rest, I finished 7th.
-Tuesday the spontanoues me said yes to participating in a 5km run cause one of my friends colleagues got sick so they had one spot to fill. Who am I to say no to some fresh air and a good run? 😂
Today I'm very happy that I did it. Goal was 30mins for these 5km and I made it on 29:16. So proud of myself!
-Wednesday woke up with a tired body to say the least. Decided not to go to the gym today. I spent the early afternoon in the sun eating ice cream with Emily before I had to go to the bowl to pack my stuff and leave. Today me and the team went practicing in Jönköping where the swedish team nationals are being held next weekend. We had a great practice on the two patterns we are gonna bowl on - Montreal and London.
Just got home a little while ago, took a shower and now ready for some sleep. Tomorrow I have practice, gym and a coaching session. Fun stuff!
Thought I would share my instagram accounts:
my workout, bowling, daily life instagram. This is the one I update the most
Some of you may know about my creative side, some may not but here is my makeup & daily outfits instagram.
Feel free to follow!
Things just keeps getting better.
My legs are still so sore from Mondays leg work out. Why do I always push myself so hard? Haha I regret it every time I'm gonna sit down, stand up, walk etc. 😂 I just LOVE squats.
So yesterday I could barely move. I decided to take the day off from practice and working out. I went to team practice anyways to help out with bowling balls and to discuss the pattern they were bowling on. We made some progress.
Today I actually planned on going to the gym but decided to bowl a little longer instead. Practiced with Amanda on Montreal today and it still surprises me how good it feels to bowl. From the bottom of my heart I really enjoy it right now.
And it got even better when I received a phone call with the news that I got the job I applied for!! I was on a job interview this week, i was so nervous, you have no idea! But obv it worked out pretty good. :) I will sign some papers in two weeks and after that I will tell you all about it 👌
evening was spent with mom, we made dinner and she surprised me with a Nutella mud cake. Oh dear god it was delicious.
So good just hanging out with her tonight. Good food, good wine, good company. No better way to celebrate.
Ready for bed now.
Gotta get up early and get ready to ✈ to Stockholm for a weekend with team sweden at Bosön.
A big fat thank you goes out to my mom who always supports me, believes in me and is always there for me. it has been going on for quite a while that i have been doubting myself on and off the lanes but this girl is not here to give up. I decided to turn things around, worked hard on the lanes, physically in the gym and mentally at home and yesterday it finally paid off. I dared to go out on the lanes to bowl one shot at a time, to believe in myself and to enjoy it. the result: 1482 (with 8 per game) and leading the regional tournament. Here's to never giving up! I couldnt have done it without my number one idol in the world, my mom and of course my dear beloved IQ Tour and Optimus 😀 gosh. Going to bed with a huge smile. Finals on monday, wish me luck!
Q: any good tips for bowling clothes?
A: Let's see.
When I bowl I prefer wearing stretchy skirts or shorts/pants. My favorite skirt is out team outfit, it's a tennis skirt. I don't know where it's from but here are a few suggestions below:
Or some of my favorite shorts/skirts from Röhnisch
Golf clothing or Tennis clothing are perfect for us bowlers. :)
I got back home Vimmerby on Monday. Went straight to the gym for a squat-party then off to the bowl for house league. Unfortunately my team mates never showed up so I couldn't bowl. Yes. I was grumpy about it.
Tuesday I woke up, laced up my running shoes and went out in the beautiful weather. Stair workout to warm up then pw/run down to the beach and back. I have never ran on the beach before and damn it sucks Hahaha. Good workout for the legs for sure. 1,5h later I was home again, showered, got dressed and made some food. Had to get ready for practice.
Yesterday's practice was actually better than expected. I worked on my release, to get more side on the ball cause lately I have been so much up the back. Good feeling actually. Gonna keep working on that tonight with mom.
Later: gym? practice and work
So proud of the young talented guys I coach back home. Today they finished first and second at the last practice/tournament of the south region.
Nice job guys!!
it's been forever AGAIN. I'm just enjoying life to the fullest. I had a rough time a few weeks ago but thanks to the amazing people I'm blessed to call my friends, I'm happy again.
I'm back in the gym, kicking ass. Trying out some new products that is gonna help me get my body the vitamins and stuff that I need. Looking forward to see what it can do for me.
Also working a little, lucky me I can do it on distance too. ✌
So what else has happened?
I'm right now in Vimmerby visiting my best friend. Had an unreal Friday watching her trying on wedding dresses and go through the plans for THE day. So happy for her.
As I said. Enjoying life. Weather is starting to get better in Sweden too. Spending this afternoon in the backyard in the sun, working on that tan ;) hahahaha jk. But it's actually warm. So I'm gonna keep doing this for a little while and I will get back to you tomorrow when I'm home again and in the gym.
Lots of love
And thanks for being patient people X
Leta reflect över the weekend. Well spare practice gave results.
I don't think there is something wrong with my physical game. I believe I need to work on my mental game. Cause I can bowl sooo freaking good in practice but when I step out on the lanes during a competition my head just blocks. I tend to focus on everything and everyone else instead of just myself and my own bowling. Like I'm afraid of succeeding. I just put too much pressure that it's not even fun anymore.
Don't get me wrong, it is fun, I love bowling, but when you're so focused on what not to do, that's when you fail.
Time to focus more on the mental game.
Anyone have any suggestions of books etc?
Other than bowling I'm finally back in the gym after having a terrible cold. Leg day yesterday with one of my friends in the military haha. Guess what? I'm sore today! Haha
Getting ready for a new session at the gym with Rebecca. Later on is coaching session, bowling practice and work 👌