Looking Forward, Looking Back
Junior Year officially began today, with BC undergraduate classes starting up. I haven’t posted in a while because I’ve been busy with finishing work, getting ready for school, and moving into my new off-campus house. In case you’re wondering…it’s pretty sweet. Eight bros with their own house: eight bedrooms, two common rooms, two bathrooms, two kitchens, a good-sized balcony.
The off-campus life so far has been great. But in addition to living the college life, I’ve been focused on training. The past two weeks or so have been very busy – I’ve only played soccer once or twice! I’ve still been keeping in shape though, doing simple workouts to maintain my level of fitness.
So after this two-week hiatus, I consider where I stand in relation to my goal of playing football abroad. I have four months left til I leave for London, putting me more or less at the halfway point of my training. What good things have happened so far?
- Better level of general fitness, particularly short bursts of speed within match stamina
- Developed leg strength, particularly quads and calves
- Much improved footwork, particularly with the left
- Stronger, more accurate shot
And of course, with the positives come some negatives:
- Need more work with left-footed, one-touch passing
- Need more strength on left-footed crosses and shots
- Need to continue work on upper body strength
Moving forward, there’s a lot of soccer in my immediate future. The intramural season is right around the corner, and I can’t wait to get started. It looks like we have a good team this season, and it will be a lot of fun.
More to come – stay tuned.