At times it can feel like my life gets pretty hectic. Balancing school, practice, and work, while trying to find time to eat, sleep, socialize, and simply just exist… it’s interesting.
I, however, am a big fan of routines and schedules. I like to plan things out, and stick to it.
While random things do of course come up, this is what an average Monday would look like for me this semester.
Rowing is an early morning sport, with practice at 5:45am. Because of this, I set my alarm for 5:23.
I know 5:23 feels oddly specific, but somehow 5:20 just feels too early, and waking up at 5:25 I’d be late. So 5:23 it is.
At practice, our workouts vary, but while the nice (or nice enough) weather lasts we have practice outdoors. Our boathouse is located in Prospect Park, and we row on the Des Moines River.
We’re usually out of practice around 8am, and then I head home to eat breakfast and take a shower. If I have work, then I’ll pack myself a lunch to eat afterwards too.
Most Mondays I then head to work from 10-12. What I do in the office varies, but usually I am preparing for upcoming games and events.
I’ll then take a little break somewhere on campus and eat my lunch real quick before heading to class at 12:30.
This is my PR Planning and Management class with Professor Eric Adae, and I know he always will bring the energy.
When this class ends at 1:45 I will usually go to the athletic training room to do some rehab/physical therapy exercises and recovery on my shoulder. I am hypermobile, which leads to me having a bit of an issue keeping my shoulder in socket while I row.
I just really learned about hypermobility and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome for the first time last year, but because of this it makes rowing more challenging for me. My athletic trainer and I work together to keep me in the boat as best as possible, and in as little of pain as possible.
After I leave the athletic training room a bit before 3, I finally have some time to relax. I’ll head home for a couple hours to eat a snack and do some school work.
I try to make a point to FaceTime my family most days, so I make time for that before making myself dinner.
I have an evening class on Mondays, BUS 073, which goes from 6-7pm, so I head back to campus for a little while in the evenings as well.
When this class is done, I head home for the night.
I’ll finish whatever homework needs to be done, and then pack all my things for the next day, because my Tuesdays I’m out of the house from 5:40 until around 2pm.
Most nights I try to go to bed around 9:30 (key word try), which I know makes me seem like an old lady, but when I wake up this early I need to prioritize going to bed early.
That’s it for my Mondays, then comes the rest of the week!