Here I am! Back in San Diego, California. Many, many, many miles from my family in Ohio and Pennsylvania and my club girls in Virginia. I am daydreaming about my boys, what else! It seems to be the norm these days.
I arrived last Tuesday and it’s been a whirlwind, until today, that is!
The training schedule has increased as the London Olympics are just on the horizon and the Australian national team is arriving in less then a week. We pushed through the week; a three-day week that consisted of four practices, one lifting session, two conditioning sessions and one dreaded running test.
I find the week very hectic and physically exhausting, but it’s only been four mouths since Ian’s birth and I need to be patient. I wake-up early and stay on east coast time. Mainly because my stay is less then 3 weeks long but more importantly because the morning is the best time to catch up with my family.
I can talk to Inako over my morning coffee, tell Xavi that “I love him” before he arrives at daycare and send Ian kisses over the phone before his morning bottle. But, also because the days seem extremely busy.
We have tough trainings and this old lady needs time to take care of her body. So, in addition to everything on the schedule the last three days, I had one message, three ice bathes, one contrast bath (1 minute in an ice bath and 2 mintues in a hot tub and repeat 5 times) and three sessions in the “magic pants” (30 minutes in the amazing invention of NormaTec Pants). I am not embarrassed to say that this is what an athlete at the age of 32 years old with two kids needs to do to stay healthy.
So, to use the word “busy” to describe the week is a bit of an understatement.
And then Saturday arrives……errrrrrkkkkkkkk. Everything came to a streaking halt once I finished my Saturday morning 85 minutes jog, that is!
Now what? My life is back east. My husband and boys are over 2,500 miles away and here I sit……
….so, my attention walked 800 meters down University Avenue in the cute neighborhood of North Park. First to a funky salon where I got my haircut and dried. It’s tough to do something as simple as this with two boys under the age of two years-old. Then, I proceeded four additional blocks north to Starbucks, where I sat for four hours. I logged onto their free wireless connection and sat down with my cup of coffee, love it! It was time to focus my energy on my girls in Charlottesville, the girls from my club that I am also unable to be with this weekend.
So, there I sat for hours, online doing administrative work and on my phone trying to keep up with every detail of their tournament. Which, by the way, I am very proud of their improvements! They played great today!!!
Then, I walked back home and spent one of the best hours of my whole week, on Skype with my boys. Just watching them play and every once in awhile, throwing me a kiss through the computer screen.
Everything is a juggling act at the moment but I am very happy for my weekends!! And, very thankful for all those in my life that are helping me and supporting me through this exciting but difficult time!
Love to all,
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Keli Smith Puzo is a two-time Olympic Field Hockey player, Wife to Inako Puzo, head coach at Miami University, Mother of two young boys and your everyday kind of gal trying to keep it all together.