I've got a busy day today.
At 8:30 AM I am meeting 27 students from Tanapag Elementary School up at the Laulau Revegetation Project site for an outdoor learning class (I hope the thorns aren't as bad as they were for the NMC kids last month!) Then at 2:30 I am judging a science fair at Garapan Elementary School. Then I've got soccer practice at 4:30.
That's right; I said soccer practice.
Two weeks ago I decided to try out for the first CNMI National Football (soccer) Team. I haven't officially made the team, but here's to hoping. The Northern Mariana Islands Football Association brought over a college coach, Ziggy Korytoski, to train us for an upcoming tournament with Guam. He has been kicking my ass (and the rest of the team's ass, too) up and down the soccer pitch for two weeks.
I've been sore on at least one part of my body every day since practice started. First it was my quads, then my calves, then my hamstring, and now my ass hurts. That's right. I'm man enough to admit that my ass hurts. It's a good hurt, though. No comments, please.
The two games against Guam aren't until the end of March, but we have a friendly game scheduled for this Sunday against the NMIFA All Stars. The All Star team is made up of the best players from the 8 teams that just played in the recent Men's Soccer League. These are guys that would be on the National Team if only they had American passports, so they are really good. It will be interesting to see if three weeks of hard training can beat a more talented international team.
The game is this Sunday at 2 PM at Ada Gym. Come support us!