Being on a sports team at CGA has its pros and cons. Playing a sport allows you to be a part of a team, get out of Formal Room and Wing inspections or drill ceremonies, however, almost all of your weekends are also taken up once you are in season. It is not a requirement to be on a sports team, but you do have to get your sports credit through other means such as intercompany sports.
This semester I decided not to be on a sports team so that I can manage my own time. Not being on a team has given me the opportunity to adjust exercising around my school schedule as opposed to going to practice at a set time and waiting around for practice to start. Also, with the free weekends, I was able to sign up for races such as the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend. With a Special Request Form approved to miss a couple classes to catch a flight, I was able to meet my sister in Florida and we got to run the 10k (6.2 miles) and half marathon (13.1 miles) on February 22nd and February 23rd respectively. It was such a memorable weekend; it was very productive and we were also able to have fun in all four theme parks of Disney World. It was also very fun to represent the Coast Guard in the Military category as well as partake in the Sister/Sister Team category. It was an unforgettable experience to see the hard work of training and exercising pay off in a very rewarding 10k and half marathon. The climate amongst the runners is different from what I have been used to. When I used to be on the CGA Cross Country team, everything and everyone had a competitive vibe. When I ran the road races in Disney, there was a slight competitive vibe amongst serious runners, however the competitive attitude was more about being competitive with oneself. Overall, road races have more of a team event, seeing everyone waking up at 3 a.m. to gather and start a race at 5:30 in the morning!
I also realized that learning how to manage my time is crucial for preparing myself for my future as a Coast Guard officer. I have heard the importance of time management before, but I never realized that it needed to be applied beyond academics. In the past, I did not need to time manage exercising because there was a set allotted time for team practices. Being on a team, I had been so dependent on my coaches and the teams to get me into shape. Only when I took a semester away from the sports team atmosphere that I saw the importance of building good fitness habits in order to remain fit.
I am officially excited to start training and signing up for more road races! I’m lacing up my shoes and ready to hit the roads :)
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