Well, I've been playing quite a few pickup games with some friends and others who I will be playing with in the East Lansing Summer League. It's been pretty good, nice to stay active. My forehand is almost perfect right now and my backhand is great within a 15 yard range. Outside of that range, it's just OK.
I played a somewhat intense game (well, intense compared to most pickup games, not compared to competitive matches) and did very well, playing the entire game as a cutter. I usually do a fair amount of handling, so spending the whole game as a cutter was a new experience for me. I was surprised that I was able to get so far in front of my defender, as I was able to go deep three times and come down with the disc in the end zone very easily.
I did realize that my weak points are on defense. I can stay with my man somewhat well, but I was never in a position to prevent him from catching the disc, I was only able to set up my mark as soon as he caught it. On a long point, I did get burned, but that was partially due to the reasons in the following paragraph.
Injuries. They suck. Luckily, my current injuries are very minor, but they are all in parts of my body that affect my running. The most annoying one being a pulled muscle on the left side of my back. On a huck that was thrown to me, I had to twist my body very quickly to catch the disc, and it ended up pulling a muscle. Not fun. I do have a couple other annoying pains right now, which are a sore calf (which shouldn't last) and a cut along the bottom of my foot.
Oh, it just means a pickup game of ultimate. "Pickup" just means "show up at a pre-determined spot, we'll pick teams once everyone gets here" as opposed to the games being a part of a league or tournament.