July 13, 2009
I arrived in Colorado Springs safely on Wednesday night. When I got off the plane and began walking to get my luggage I realized how much the altitude really affects your lungs. I was winded just walking at a brisk pace. This was a great reminder that the team may take a few days to adjust to the altitude and to give them extra water breaks throughout training camp. My NIU team would laugh at this because they swear I always forget to give them water breaks but that is so untrue. Okay, okay, that may have happened a couple times but come on, who needs water? Just kidding.
A short van ride to the hotel and it was lights out for me. I was tired but still had a hard time sleeping. I was excited for the next day and the arrival of the team. I was up early the next morning and met with my awesome staff. Amanda and Bill are both outstanding coaches, and I am so lucky to have them with me, not to mention they are both a lot of fun!
Before I knew it, the team had arrived and it was time for a team meeting and our first training session. We planned to keep this first session pretty short and just get them up and down a little bit. We accomplished this and got a good feel for what we need to work on in the next few days. So far so good, but we have some work to do in order to accomplish our goal.
After practice we took the team to dinner and then it was time to lay it down. Friday was going to be a long day, and I wanted to be well rested. Before I knew it, Friday was here and it was time to get rolling. I had a staff breakfast at 8:45am followed by our first practice session of the day. Considering this was the first day of two-a-days, we put in a lot of offensive and defensive concepts. We were very demanding and paid close attention to detail.
Then it was time for lunch. We ate at a very nice place in town and had a couple hours of down time before the next session. I had a chance to get a quick workout in and then it was back to the gym. The second session was mostly breaking down the offense and we scrimmaged. Eventually we will have some practice guys come in to scrimmage against with officials who will get us used to the World Championship rules.
The night was capped off with a staff meeting and then dinner at a local restaurant. The next few days will be very similar to today. With that being said, I need my rest so I am off to bed.
Goodnight Huskie fans and "Think Gold!"