Hey everyone! So as some of you probably already know, I’m now a freshman at WPI! Yay This post might end up being pretty long with the first paragraph about starting college. If you’re not really interested in that or anything feel free to skip to the second paragraph where I’ll talk about my track experience so far. Enjoy!
Okay, so being a freshman is super exciting and so much different from high school. Right now I’m a biology/biotechnology major, but I’m thinking of switching because I didn’t really like my biotechnology class. However, I’m taking a couple more bio classes this year before I commit to changing my major to aerospace engineering. Big jump, huh? Starting college was a really unique experience and so many unexpected things happened that I don’t even know where to begin. Both of my roommates are fabulous and I’ve made a ton of friends, mostly the kids living on my floor, but also with a lot of track kids and girls in my sorority. Yep, that’s right, I just recently joined Alpha Xi Delta and I absolutely love it! Classes are pretty good so far; there’s a lot of homework and they’re so much faster paced than in high school but so far I’m managing everything fairly well. I’m also a member of the green team which is basically a club focused on raising awareness about sustainability on campus, and I’m most likely going to join Habitat for Humanity this year. So overall I’m taking class, doing track, a member of Alpha Xi, on green team, a part of habitat for humanity, and doing a little bit for colleges against cancer. Sound like a lot? To me it does, and it’s definitely more than I ever did in high school, but I’m learning a lot from doing so many things and I absolutely love it. After all, getting involved on campus is one of the best ways to meet people and have a great time. I think that’s enough of my freshman-ness for now, so on to the good stuff… track
For me track started with captains’ practices in September (I think). Basically three captains (the “sprinting” captains for the guys and the girls and the guys’ “multi-event” captain) met Monday through Friday on the track and held a small, semi laid-back practice where we focused on getting in shape for the season. These captains’ practices were great for me since I was pretty out of shape from the summer and it also allowed me to meet a lot of my future teammates. Not going to lie, the first few practices were kind of hard for me and made me question my abilities as an athlete: if I was having this much trouble pre-season, would I a good member for the team or would I just end up being the worst athlete? At any rate, a bunch of the WPI vaulters started going to Patriot practices twice a week after classes. I really enjoyed this because not only did I get to improve my vaulting (trust me, after plateauing at 9′ my senior year, I needed an intervention) but I also got to meet the other vaulters and get to know them better.
Our indoor season finally started in early November. The first practice wasn’t too hard, and that helped to boost my confidence about my abilities as an athlete as well as convinced me that I could be on this team. Unfortunately, the workout was a lot (and I mean, a LOT) harder then next day when we had an actual workout, but after a couple weeks of conditioning coupled with our biweekly vault practices I could tell that I was getting better. The workouts weren’t as hard as the first week and my vaulting technique was slowly but surely getting better (or at least I like to think so). Granted, we’ve only been officially practicing for four weeks, but our first meet is this coming Saturday at Springfield College and I am absolutely PUMPED! Honestly, the WPI vault crew this year is looking fabulous and we are gonna be pretty awesome on Saturday!!!
Sorry for the super long post, but I couldn’t help trying to say everything that’s been going on in the past three-ish months. Hopefully my next post will be a (short!) synopsis of our meet and the week of practices leading up to it. Hope you enjoyed reading this!!
Oh, and just for anyone who’s interested, here’s a quick overview of our workouts for the past couple of weeks:
Monday – Warm-up = 800m, 6 x 100m strides; Sprint Drills = A skip, B skip, high knees, butt kicks, lunges, etc.; Workout = 10 x 120m sprints; Cool-down = 400m
Tuesday – VAULTING! <3
Wednesday – Warm-up = 400m, 6 x 100m strides; Sprint Drills; Workout = 4 x 60m, 4 x 80m, 4 x 90m (2 sets of all 3); Cool-down = 400m
Thursday – VAULTING!
Friday – Recovery Day: Warm-up = 800m, 10 x 100m strides
Saturday – Warm-up = 10 x 100m @ 50%; Sprint Drills; Workout = 5 x 30m, 5 x 60m (2 sets of both), 1 x 400m stride; VAULTING (optional, later in the afternoon)