May 28, 2012
It has been a busy last few days here in Bradenton aka B-town, Florida. The weekend festivities were extremely tiring. Brad Cox came into town for his birthday so we had plenty of activities planned. I had a really solid practice with Jordan Cox on Friday morning followed by a brutally awesome fitness session. Then we headed to the links to meet up with Brad and Mr. Cox to get a nice round of golf in. The teams were pretty fair for the most part. It was Brad (solid) and I (terrible) versus Mr. Cox (solid) and Jordan (terrible). It was a battle down to the wire. The seventeenth hole came around and we were all square. I hit two drives into the water, which wasn't even on the same hole. So I decided to watch Brad play this one. He came up huge with a roughly twenty-foot putt to put us up one and virtually seal the victory. Shooter McGavin immitations were thrown around for a second followed by a small chest bump to finish. This win was a real confidence booster for me I have to admit it.
The Saturday morning hit was a good one. I was moving like a gazelle and felt like I couldn't miss. It must have been all the confidence I gained from the golf. I don't know what it was, but it was a good way to end a tough week of practice. I did a little bit of movement drills in after practice to work on the quickness and then I called it a day. Just afterwards I headed over to the beach to get a little rest and relaxation in. Let me just tell you now that if you are looking for rest and relaxation, the beach is not the right place to be. On top of the sun draining me of all that it could, I spent most of my time in the water making diving football catches. Don't get me wrong, I am not complaining. I had a great time. I just needed a solid twelve-hour nap afterwards to balance it all out.
Sunday is normally the day to take off when you are in a training block. So it was more of a relaxed day. I went to church with the fellow 2009 NCAA champion Mallory Cecil (Duke) and her family followed by a really good brunch. It was great to get to catch up with them. After that it was back to the Cox household to get some good pool time and have a cookout for Brads last night in town. It was a pretty delicious spread. We had some sausages, burgers, chicken, and lamb chops to chow down on. I am pretty sure I put down at least five pounds worth. Somehow I weigh less today than I did yesterday. Just another one of the upsides to being an athlete I guess.
I hope that you all have had as good of a Memorial Day weekend as I have. A special thanks goes out to all the servicemen and veterans. Thank you guys and girls for all that you do for this great country! Happy Memorial Day to all of you.
Anyways that is the full weekend update. I apologize for the blog delay. I will stay on it from here on out. I booked my flight for Saturday to Sacramento, CA. So there will be more tournament blog action starting next week. Also I want to say congratulations to Steve Johnson (USC) and Nicole Gibbs (Stanford) on their NCAA singles titles today. They are two great peeps and very deserving winners. I want to also say congratulations to my fellow rebels and brothers Christoph and Marcel Thiemann (Ole Miss) for making the final four in doubles. A great way to finish up two great college careers. Hotty Toddy boys.
All the best,