It's not just me, in fact. It's several NBA media types, like Roland Beech of 82games, Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress, Chris Ballard of Sports Illustrated, and several others.
And the truth is that we are all wishing we were in better shape than we are.
(I'm actually pausing in my writing here to do some push-ups. No, I'm not kidding.)
This morning, instead of going for a walk or a jog, I took my dog to a nearby field for some wind sprints. The other day, instead of going for a bike ride, I rode to the biggest hill I could find and hauled straight up to the top. When I got to the top, I rolled back down, turned around, and did it all again even faster.
Why are we going to this kind of trouble?
I can't speak for the other guys, but I know my motivation is clear: I will not be the first one to puke.
You see, in a couple of weeks, we will all be at David Thorpe's Pro Training Center, at IMG Academy in Florida.
Many times he has made off-handed comments about this or that player puking during workouts in that gym. To Thorpe, this is nothing. He told me one guy had better accuracy getting his vomit into the garbage can than he did getting his jumper into the hoop.
Everyone laughs, and we move on.
Except the guy who puked from exhaustion! Nobody wants to be that guy!
I will not be that guy.
(Frankly, I'd much rather be the guy I just heard about who, in that same gym, thanks to some physical play -- Thorpe is pretty sure he was the first analyst/coach type to talk about "being a beast" -- reportedly put his butt through the wall.)
And they're actual athletes.
We're media, going there for the Pro Training Center's first-ever media session.
For me, it's the first pure junket of my life, and the first time since eighth grade some professional coach will be actually thinking about improving my game. I have played forever, but not in an organized fashion. Now I get to spend a few days learning how best to never lose in my local pickup game. (Which is why I am also hoping to find some time to practice victory dances.)
Meanwhile, as I will technically be "working" while I'm there -- can you believe how great this job is? -- I have needed to come up with some way to turn this experience into blog content.
Today I started messing around with a video camera, and it's going to be fun. If all goes according to plan, between vomits, I'll be videotaping much of what happens into some kind of ongoing video diary of the experience, which starts in just a little under two weeks, on Monday the 29th, and lasts into Thursday.
Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go running.