I’ve been out of competition for a year now, so I took some time to reflect on how my lifestyle has changed since then. The one glaring realization that I found was that I haven’t made a “championship game” for myself. Sure, I’ve accomplished things that got me to where I am now, but I no longer have that end goal, that last game where you leave it all on the field. I have nothing in sight to truly work towards - no playoffs, no end of season. My schedule used to revolve around my studies and lacrosse. I now no longer have either. Now I spend my time on my profession, clients, continuing education, and balancing it all.
This has brought me to my next thought - seasons. Athletes, whether it’s collegiate or professional, all have a schedule. Preseason, in-season, post season, off-season. Four extremely specific structured times of the year. Each season comes with a very specific style of training, not to mention varying time commitments and mindsets. I knew (or at least figured out) exactly what I should be doing, how hard I should be doing it, and when I should be “resting.” There is no guideline once those seasons stop. After speaking to some of my friends and teammates, I began to hear a common statement - without a schedule in their face, they feel lost. A lot of them mentioned they find it hard to motivate or create their own “seasons.” For so long they had to reconstruct their schedule to fit their athletic seasons. And yes, this was by choice.