I didn’t weigh in for day 1, but with good reason. Day 1 started in the middle of a junior high youth lock-in at church. We had taught them four square earlier in the evening and as midnight dawned, there was heavy and healthy competition on one of the four square courts. So the day began with a bit of work, but nothing of great substance from a physical fitness. Sleep was an issue afterwards as I had night watch duty. I caught a couple of hours as breakfast was being cooked and served and then a couple of hours after the lock-in and subsequent pool party finished up and we made it home.
This evening I went out and spent 45 minutes on the pitch working on my striking and on ball touch by dribbling. The personal drills I did:
- Instep dribbling at pace for the full length of the field and back.
- Outside of the foot dribbling at pace for the full length of the field and back.
- Distance kicking the full length of the field and back.
- Continuous striking with both right and left foot (set ball on goal line and strike into the net with an immediate reset).
- Penalty shots with both left and right foot.
- Shots on goal off the dribble with both left and right foot.
- Corner kick delivery with right foot.
The dribbling at pace naturally got my heart rate up, as did the continuous striking since the intent of that drill is to strike the ball without a break… basically taking as many kicks as possible in a short duration of time. Overall I was generally pleased with the form of my left foot strikes, which is odd because I’m right foot dominant. Warm up and cool down was walking while dribbling the ball around the complex, which is a bit large, so I was really able to work on my touch while also taking proper care of the leg muscles.