The holiday season is in full swing! With all of the Christmas shopping, studying for finals and making sure we get quality practices in this week, times can get a little stressful. But everyone is doing a great job managing their time and really working hard in the gym to prepare for this Friday’s second intrasquad, where the GymCats will be competing on floor, bars and a few of us will be going up for round two on vault and beam. We have passed the time where we are trying to learn new skills and we are now at the point of trying to work on the little things: the stuck landings, straight legs, pointed toes, presentation, and staying in bounds on those big tumbling passes on floor. But as we look around the gym at practice, we can see how far we have come in the past couple of weeks alone. Everyone is anxious for season to finally start, and we are all trying to earn our places in the lineup.
Last Sunday we had our team Christmas party at Bill’s house. It is always so fun to just hang out with the entire team and all the coaches outside of the gym, and this was no exception. We were lucky enough to have Matt (our trainer) and Michelle (our massage therapist) join us in the Christmas fun. We had a big Christmas dinner, which of course we all loved. Then it was time to open “secret Santa” gifts, and although we didn’t have a round of applause like last year after each gift was opened it was still really exciting and fun to watch everyone open their presents and to see what they got. After all the presents were opened we got the “team apparel” gifts, and boy did we get lucky this year! From the new flip flops to the new big block-A “hoody”, everyone was thrilled with the things that we get to wear around this year.
Although we are all looking forward to going home for Christmas, we are all doing a great job of staying focused in the gym and keeping our minds on this Friday’s intrasquad. It is at 3pm on December 15th in our practice gym and it is open to the public. Come by and cheer us on as we reveal our new floor routines and bar routines!