A Day In The Life
June 27, 2001
Writing 'A Day in the Life' article takes very littlecreativity. I had hoped to at least get through a month or so beforeresorting to such a genre of journalistic desperation. However, the term'weekly' may not seem like a frequent occurrence to you, but let me tell youhow many changes take place in a student-athlete's life during theoff-season. Not a lot! Especially weekly. I am beginning to realize thatduring the off-season, we remain extremely busy, yet there is little changein routine. To give you all an idea of what a normal day is like, the 'dayin the life' format lives! During the season most players have 4-5 classes,then practice, and afterwards we eat, do homework, and sleep. The next day ismuch the same. Then there are the games every Saturday. However, during thesummer there are obviously no games, and not all players take classes. So...what dowe do? Obviously everyone's day-to-day routine is different. I thought thatsince I know myself pretty well, I would use my typical weekday as anexample of what our lives involve during the summer months. Take for example Monday.
During the season, Monday is our day off. Everyone loves Monday's in theFall. In the summer, no one loves Monday's! It's the first day of the weekfor those of us in school, as well as a 'double day' in regards to ourrunning and lifting program.
The following is a slightly edited version of a typical Monday in thesummer:
5:05 AM- Wake up! I grab a pre-packed bag of clothes for the day, hop in mytruck, and drive from my home in Scottsdale to our practice field off ofRural Road. Before I moved back up here, I had forgotten how much trafficthere was on the 101 South.
5:50 AM- Arrive at the practice field, yawn, stretch quickly, and lace upthe cleats for our 6AM running group. We stretch as a group, warm up, and beginthe plyometric part of our run. This consists of explosive jumping andbounding drills, and lasts about 10-15 minutes. Next, we run some build-ups.
These begin with 25 yards jogging, increasing speed between 25-50 yards,striding quickly between 50-75 yards, and going about 95% for the remaining25 yards. We normally do 6 such reps. Afterwards we begin the actual runningworkout. It varies from day to day and from week to week, however it usuallyinvolves the short, and quick burst style running used in football(Tuesday's and Thursday's are reserved for longer, more cardio vascular type running).The catch is that we have bands, weighted sleds, or some other mechanismgiving us resistance. When that's finished we cool down and stretch.
7:20 AM- Drive from the practice field to the weight room for our Mondaylift. Usually the exercises include front squats, incline bench press, hangcleans, and a number of other auxiliary lifts that frankly I can't rememberat the moment.
8:30 AM- I drive over to Juice Spot and get a smoothie mixed with a proteinshake (for those of you who are wondering, I do shower, but I figured Ishould leave that part out). Next, I head to class.
9:30-11:10 AM- My first class, MCO494 meets. The emerging trends in themedia are just fascinating...not!
11:10-11:20 AM- Quick break with just enough time to grab an Iced Tea on theway downstairs.
11:20-1:00 PM- Clase numero dos. TCM332. Broadcast and cable programming(there is a difference) has never been so intriguing.
1:00-2:00 PM- I'm starving! I need to get something... anything, to eat.
3:00-5:00 PM- Oftentimes I get a hold of Mike Barth and some of the otherkickers/punters/snappers, and we go back to the practice field to work on...take a guess. Kicking, punting, and snapping! And you people thought kickersnever work!?!
5:00-8:00 PM- Drive back to Scottsdale (more traffic), clean up and try tofind some dinner. Some nights I'll catch SportsCenter, or see if there areany games on TV. Other nights, I will study or catch up on reading for myclasses.
8:00-11:00 PM- I attempt to slow down a little bit. I usually talk to mygirlfriend (she's home for the summer in NY) at some point during this timeof night. After that, I just relax and watch some TV before bed.
11:30-12:30 AM- Sleep... Finally!
That's a fairly typical day for me, and many other players maintain asimilar schedule. Can you see why we all get so excited for the season to begin?Finally, there are games that provide the rewards for working so hard allsummer. That reminds me... many players also have part time jobs during thistime of year. I can't imagine what that must be like.
So there you have it. A day in the life of Yours Truly. See next... MONDAY!
Nick can be reached via email at MurphysLaw84@aol.com.