As I’m sitting on my couch with barely enough strength to type, I’m happy the long week of team bonding is over for some recovery and relaxation, but even happier that we got the chance to do all of the activities that we could.
After a long weekend with Monday and Tuesday off from classes, we re-united with the team Tuesday night to support the Saint Michael’s women’s volleyball team. We were excited to watch another team compete while we had the opportunity to relax and simply cheer. It was an added bonus that they snagged a win over Franklin Pierce. However, both teams had an awesome game!
On Friday, we continued the team bonding with an intra-team mock meet, Purple vs. Gold. Although the lot of us on Purple swam hard, we were defeated by a couple points by team Gold. It was great to take the time to watch the newbies swim their first college race and have the divers in the pool with us. With less than two weeks to go until our first meet, I can safely say our swimming and our cheering are ready for some competition.
With only one day of official Crossfit practice this past week, we were eager to have a week of less soreness; however, we didn’t know quite what was in store for us during the weekend. We spent Saturday morning working on team goal building; sharing something valuable to us, playing games about how well we know one another, documenting a list of our goals for the season both individually and as a team, as well as a surprise guest speaker. Our speaker was the one and only Bob Hall, our head coach’s husband who inspired us to be the Chuck Norris in our lives. His message was all about optimism and how important it is to keep in mind that life doesn’t happen to you, but you happen to life. Because we all know that when Chuck Norris jumps into the water, he doesn’t get wet; the water gets Chuck Norris.
Following our 3-hour goal building session, we loaded up and headed to the Crossfit Gym in Burlington; our Crossfit coach’s very own heaven here on earth. Joining us at the gym was a dozen of Middlebury College’s swim team, who also participate actively in Crossfit. We spent 3 hours working hard with some Crossfit drills, such as pull ups, lifting, push ups, and even pulling 70 lb sleds (for the girls, those manly men had sleds weighing over 100 lbs!).
In between strenuous sets we discussed important nutrition for athletes, as well as the important movements and recovery techniques after working out, including rolling the knots out of our muscles with lacrosse balls. Painful, but necessary. Some of the boys on the Middlebury team stepped up and discussed their participation in Paleo Diet, stressing the importance of returning to our roots when eating by staying away from processed foods. (Check out more about Paleo: http://thepaleodiet.com/). During our winding down portion of the afternoon focusing on recovery, the Middkids explained to us their technique of the Zen Warrior. Even when it’s excruciatingly painful, keep that game face on. This may have been the most difficult part of the whole experience for us. Practicing Crossfit with another active college team was extremely beneficial and hopefully a new tradition for both of out teams. I think both teams gave one another a run for their money and we had the opportunity to put on some competitive game faces.
We ended our long Saturday with some much-needed, and deserved, pizza. We decided that if we wanted to take a chance with the Paleo Diet, it would have to start the following day…
With less than two weeks left to go until our first meet, we’ll be focusing a lot on fast practices and intense Crossfit action. We’re anxious to watch some records get broken and personal best times to be made.
Here are some pictures of us doing what we do:
Keep checking in and don’t forget to be the Chuck Norris in your life!