Just a quick heads up: I’ve got exams until Saturday, so I’m going to be a bit tied up for the next few days. If I do get a chance to step away from the books and off the court (training doesn’t stop!), I will for sure take some time to blog, but they could be short and sporadic posts!
Mind, Fitness, Nutrition Goals Week 2
- Today’s goal is to allow my body to recover from the weekend, and to get up and move (while I write my paper) for 20 seconds, every 20 minutes.
Match vs Harvard
Our match against Harvard wasn’t until 2:30 pm, which meant that I had to find some way of distracting myself in the morning as to not tire myself out mentally. So, what did I do? I worked on my paper until it was time to go and eat. After our usual pre-match meal at Panera, the team and I headed down to the courts to pump some tunes in the locker room, warm up, and get psyched for our match!
A quick note on how college squash works. There are 9 matches that count, and play in shifts using either a 3 or 5-court system. Yesterday we played using a 3 court system meaning that positions 3/6/9 went on first, then 2/5/8, and finally 1/4/7. I was playing the #3 spot, which meant I was on right away. This can be awesome, because after I’ve finished, I can concentrate on helping my teammates, but it can also be stressful trying to set up a good lead for your team. My match ended up being quite long, and I managed to be very fortunate and sneak it out, winning 15-13 in the 5th game. (You play best of 5 games).
Big shoutout to my friends who came down to Jadwin to watch! Your cheering was motivating beyond words, and most definitely kept me going between those hard points.
Since my match took so long, and I had to ref Maria Elena, our #2 who was on after me, I sadly didn’t get to see many of my teammates play. The ones I did see, however, played with heart and determination, which made me incredibly proud. We ended up falling a bit short, losing 7-2 to the Crimson, but definitely put up a good fight.
If you want to read the recap by GoPrincetonTigers, click here!
Senior Night Dinner
As soon as our matches finished and we’d had our team meeting, we had to shower as fast as possible in order to get to our senior dinner! As I mentioned on Friday, the senior dinner is probably the biggest (and funniest) event that is put on for the team each year. All of the parents are invited, which makes it that much more hilarious when the juniors subtly refer to embarrassing things about the seniors.
Isabella wrote my speech, and absolutely knocked it out of the park. What I loved most about it was that she touched on the things I wouldn’t have thought to mention. I thought there would be references to my blog, my peanut butter addiction, and some goodhearted Canadian put-downs, but to my surprise there were none. Isabella, you have been a great friend and teammate over these past couple of years, so thank you for your kind words (and embarrassing ones).
After the senior speeches had finished, we each said a few words to thank our faculty fellow, our coach, and our assistant coach. They all do so much to help us this year, and it really is difficult to thank them adequately in a minute long speech.
Thankfully, we’ve got about a month left in the season, so there is still plenty of time for thanking and apologizing (knowing I will inevitably do something wrong 😉 ).
Match vs Dartmouth
Yesterday morning I met up for a quick breakfast in town with my parents in order to exchange some clothes and other things they had brought from home. Since I had brought a carryon back to school, I hadn’t been able to bring all of the things I had wanted to at Christmas, so they brought the rest of of the stuff for me! In return, I gave them clothes and other miscellaneous things I no longer wished to have on the east coast. (Am I already moving out?!?!).
We then said our goodbyes, I met up with the team at Panera (of course), and we headed down to Jadwin (the name of our courts) to kick some Big Green butt! (FYI: Big Green is Dartmouth’s mascot).
Everyone pulled out a very strong performance, and I am pleased to say that we took this one 9-0 🙂 . Way to go, Tigers!
Oof! That took much longer than I had anticipated. Time to work on my lovely French paper that isn’t going to write itself!
Have a great Monday!
What did you get up to this weekend?
What are your healthy goals for the week?