We all received word that the closure will now last at least through April 29. (In my head, I keep saying August 29...and then I'm actually pleasantly delighted that it's only April 29 and not August. Whether I should be concerned about my inability to keep track of days and now MONTHS is another issue entirely....)
It's true that this is another setback. It's hard -- mentally and physically and maybe even metaphysically. Making the shift to training solo was one of the harder transitions I made as an athlete after college, and our high school athletes are being asked to do this at a younger age and with less experience under their belts.
But think of this: you're figuring out that transition now. You're training solo -- and you have a whole team of people doing the same thing. You know that you're not really alone, you're just apart. And the fact that you are navigating how to do this now means that you are setting yourself up for being physically and mentally trained in your future, no matter what is thrown at you.
By practicing self-discipline now, by committing to staying connected to your classmates and teammates, by maintaining a schedule, even by feeling all the feelings that keep coming in waves during this unprecedented moment in history: you are setting yourself up to be a stronger, more resilient human, citizen, friend, athlete. This setback is a setup for your future.
Another way to put this: when the going gets tough now, when you don't want to get your schoolwork done or your training done or even get out of bed, focus on investment. Everything you do now contributes to what will come tomorrow, next week, next month, next year. Sometimes, this means you need to pick yourself up by the bootstraps and get tough and get it done. Sometimes, this means you need to take an intentional recovery day.
Stay strong and well, Bobcats,