After a long night of matches and many battle scars (my lip included), we all woke up for our last day of training. We moved away from the traditional conditioning and did some restorative work in the pool and hot tub as well as the squash. We needed to give our bodies an opportunity to recover and prep for the long weekends ahead, and I think we did just that. For the afternoon session, we competed in our annual mixed gender doubles tournament. Laila and Yahya emerged victorious (respect), but the tournament was a good way to end the trip with smiles and good times. With this being my last time around, I got the chance to truly appreciate all of it.
After thanking the San Diego Squash coaches and saying goodbye to the kids, we returned to the hotel to discuss the goals we each set out for the trip. Following that some went to In and Out for a thirst quenching burger and others went to eat to Vietnamese noodles (aka pho). We then chilled as we slept before heading over to the airport. This is the last post on my last trip, so I guess this is a goodbye of sorts. However, my connection to Wessquash will be present long after my departure so this is a see you later. I am looking forward to all the support at our upcoming matches!
Wesleyan squash got back to business early on Monday morning with an 8 am breakfast and practice beginning at 9. Three hours later we returned to the hotel for lunch: some of us then chose to take (a now customary) dip in the hot tub while others went directly back to the rooms to take showers, ice sore areas, and relax in preparation for our friendly match later in the day.
Waking up leisurely and grabbing a quick breakfast downstairs, the men’s and women’s teams drove to the Doherty’s condo in Solana, California to hit the beach and relax. With a warm welcome, the Doherty’s gave us a tour of the beautiful recreational center and newly renovated condominium overlooking the majestic Pacific Ocean. We grabbed our delightful California Pizza Kitchen lunches and made our way to shore. Beach football, boogie boarding, Frisbee, and carefree walks on the beach were amongst the most popular activities on the beach, while intensive crosswords were solved and pool table games were played back at the condo. Even the coaches joined in on the riveting fun! Shona’s boogie boarding and ping pong-squashing skills were unparalleled, Steven (not to be confused with Stephen) revealed his secret talent in crossword puzzles, Mike impressed us all with his card-playing skills, and Tim…photographed the Doherty’s kitchen.
Coming back from the frigid ocean currents and washing off the sand off our feet, many of us dove into the recreational center’s hot tub. While we waited for dinner, we feasted on delectable sushi and other snacks. Our dinner included an exquisite selection of salads, pizza, and pasta, oh my! The desserts (cookies and brownies) were perhaps even better. Dinner conversation ranged from swiping right tendencies to missed football careers. After a long day, the teams divvyed up: some watched Netflix or football, while others played card games and ping pong. Being eco-friendly Wesleyan students, we used unused plastic silverware (knives) to play the classic game, Spoons, and aptly renamed it Knives. The night was ended with a Steelers’ win and “a freaking concussion” (Bayless 2016). Undoubtedly all had a good time, and with a full day of rest, are now ready and excited to jump back on the courts tomorrow.
Hello from Room 315!
Today we kicked off our first full day of practice with the entire team. We were happy start our training with a beautiful day, high energy, and a productive team meeting where we all shared our personal and team goals for the trip and the season. We walked over to the squash courts together, conveniently located 10 minutes away, and jumped straight into practice. We split up into to two groups, one to work on physical and mental fitness with Tim, and the other to fine-tune our technical and tactical racquet skills with Shona and Mike. Halfway through practice we switched groups, and meanwhile, Steven went on a journey to find food for the empty-bellied and hungry squash team.
After many delicious sandwiches and Oreos, many ventured to the hot tub and sun beds, while the rest of the team went to their rooms to take a quick nap before our second practice. After a productive afternoon workout, WesSquash engaged in a heated debate about where to go for dinner: In-N-Out or Chili’s. We ended up taking one van to In-N-Out and the Chili’s Team trekked 10ft from the entrance of the hotel to the restaurant [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xcf4JBWBoEE].
We returned to the hotel after dinner, happy and full. Some immediately returned to the hot tub, some had a dance party in Room 411, and some watched Bourne Identity and admired Matt Damon’s many turtlenecks throughout the film.
We’re excited for tomorrow, our only full day off during the trip, to recover from a full day of hard practice and spend some quality time together at the beach. Already, San Diego has been a great experience and we look forward to upcoming days of hard work.
Ellen, Annie, Ale
In the morning we met as a team and had breakfast together. Afterwards we conducted a meeting where we shared our personal and team goals. Every goal was centered around fitness, technique and mentality. Our team goal was to bond together as not just a team, but a family. I thought we had started off our day with a great start. Having the ability to walk short distance to the court feels amazing because it lets us have a conversation with each other while enjoying the beautiful weather out there. After our training, we went to each lunch at the hotel and we stayed in the hot tub provided by the hotel. The sun just came out and the weather became nicer. When we finished our second practice we went to In N Out, a fast food chain restaurant that’s only popular in the west coast, so it was the best opportunity for people to eat since it’s nonexistent in the east coast. We ate, jumped in the hot tub for more bonding time and went to our rooms to rest for another great day. I’m so glad the storms disappeared and the sun came back. There’s honestly no place like home and I’m stoked to see everyone having an awesome time at this awesome city.Sincerely,