Saturday, February 21, 2015

Blog Post #8

During the past two weeks, I have been working really hard. Every day after school I work out. I do stuff with weights that the athletic trainer advised me to do, mostly stuff to improve my hips shifting, since those are the movements that could potentially twist my knee. So, things like squats and lunges. Also, I've been running on the treadmill. For a little while, it hurt when I would step down, but the pain has gone away the more that I've been doing it. Also, every time that I do it, I'm able to stay on longer. I've also been using machines that will help strengthen my knee. Along with the work in the weight room, I've been going to the gymnasium at a school to do ball work. I set up cones, do moves around them, shoot at mats, and pass with myself and the wall. It's all been getting better each time that I go and I get more used to the brace each time also. However, tryouts are in two weeks, and I'm still not nearly ready. I can do all of this stuff alone, but I still can't even imagine actually playing in a game. Just a scrimmage scares me right now. So, that's really not good considering I should be completely confident for how close try outs are. I'm in a tough position because if I try out, I'll be going not at my best, but if I skip out this year and wait until next, I feel like a quitter and like I'm missing out. It's hard for me to even think about since I would rather not try out until I'm at my best. Then, I'd be able to keep doing what I'm doing for the rest of the year, play travel soccer next fall, and be one hundred percent ready by next year for try outs. But, then I don't make varsity as a sophomore which is hard to do and it was the track that I was on, which is so frustrating. Also, I think about college when it comes to this. But, varsity is intense and, if I even made it, I don't want to go back not ready at all and blow out my knee all over again. I'm just going to keep working hard and see what two weeks does, but it's ultimately about tough decisions at this point. I have no clue what to do.

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