We finally hit the weight room last week, after having a few weeks off during preseason. Some of the girls on the team who live close to Providence continued lifting at school throughout the summer, but for me this was my first time back since May. I worked out at the Bowdoin College gym over break, which was very nice, but you simply can’t replicate the environment created in our Varsity Weight Room. Simply stated—it was good to be back. Of all the things we do in the weight room—chin ups, bench press, box jumps, etc—I think I, oddly enough, excel most at the pike jumps. Maybe if this soccer thing doesn’t work out for me I’ll consider trying out for our cheerleading team. . .or maybe not.
I am especially thankful for our dedicated athletic trainers. They really are always thinking outside of the box, finding new and definitely unique forms of treatment. Last week my trainer Linsday invented a form of treatment to help with a back problem that a teammate and I have had for a while. Most shocking of all was how well this contraption actually worked. We have a piece of equipment called the SwimEx. It allows athletes to work out without putting a lot of stress on their body. You can either swim or run against a current created by the machine. My teammate, Jacqui, and I would secure our feet to a thirty-pound kettle bell and strap ourselves into all sorts of life vests and noodles to keep us afloat. We would then go into the SwimEx, with the kettle bell pulling us down into the water and the life vest keeping us afloat, and we would stretch our backs. I must admit I was a pretty skeptical at first, but I’ll hand it to Lindsay—it absolutely works. But for all of you thinking of trying this at home, make sure you have a supervisor, enough floaties, and definitely use a shallow pool of water, because it’s pretty difficult to get your feet out of a kettle bell when you’re pulled to the bottom of the pool!
Last week we moved into our permanent dorm rooms for the year. My roommates (two fellow soccer players and a volleyball player) all admit that the move from our freshman dorm to our apartment feels like moving from a shack to a mansion. Another perk of being an athlete is getting into the campuses best residence halls very early. After all, my roommates and I are only sophomores and we’re living in the apartments. Last year we lived in traditional college housing: a small room for two people in a big hall with one communal bathroom. There was one kitchen for our entire dorm but I didn’t dare venture in there once last year. This year we are “living the life.” The four of us share two large bedrooms with much more accommodating closets than last year (a staple item for a bunch of girls). We have our own bathroom area complete with a shower, a toilet, two sinks, and a huge mirror. Oh, and lots of drawer space for all of our make-up and hair accessories that we never get to use…gotta love being an athlete! The apartment also has a large pantry, a full kitchen, and a living room. What more could a college student ask for? Besides air conditioning of course, but we have that, too! Also, we’re just a jump, skip, and a hop away from the soccer field so we can just roll out of bed for those six A.M. practices. Every extra second of sleep counts!