Day in the Life
Kayla Alexander Bourges France
Here in Bourges we typically practice twice a day except for travel days (usually once in the morning), games days (shoot around in the morning, game in the evening), and most Sundays which are off days aka me staying in bed all day long or exploring a nearby city in France (depends on how my body is feeling).
Today is a practice day so my day started at 8:30 am this morning when my alarm woke me up. There are people, my mom being one of them, who can automatically wake up without an alarm clock. I admire those people, because I was not blessed with that ability. As much as I don't mind waking up early in the morning, I love to sleep, so my alarm clock scares me awake every morning at 8:30 am for practice.
You know those kids who always picked out their outfit the night before for school, and had their bags all packed and ready to go? Yea, that’s me with basketball; I always have all my gear picked out and set a side for smooth and quick morning and a change of clothes already packed in my bag for after practice. Once dressed, I usually make myself a quick and easy breakfast consisting of eggs, avocado, and a pear or clementines. After brushing my teeth and washing my face I grab my bag, put on my coat and runners and am out the door. I would also like to note that for the previous 3 years of my basketball career (in Russia) normally around this time I would be putting on boots and a heavy winter coat, in negative degree snowy weather. The sun is still in full effect here, without a single drop of snow on the ground. I am experiencing the Fall season for the first time in years and I love it!
So our team blessed me with a car this year, the catch? It’s a stick shift. Why is this a catch? Well, I have spent all of my life driving only automatic. Thankfully I have some pretty awesome teammates who were willing to risk their safety (I’m just kidding, I’m a safe driver… promise!) to teach me how to drive stick shift and I am fairly confident now to make the short drive from my apartment to our practice facility. If I'm being completely honest though, I actually enjoy the short 5 minute walk to the gym so most days I walk. But, I really should be practicing more, I told myself I wanted to be pro driver by the time the season was over. I will admit I have made great progress! You should check out my blogs on my website to read about my driving experiences if you want a good laugh.
Since we have a game coming up we start our morning practice (10 am) watching film before heading on the court to get about an hour and a half of work done.
After practice I decide to walk (I should be driving) to a nearby shop to buy some items for my secret Santa. This year my teammates and I all picked names out of a hat and decided that we would buy Secret Santa gifts. The rules were that we would all buy a stocking or something that we would hang in our locker, that way the days leading up to Christmas if your secret Santa chose too they could put random little gifts in your stocking. Then after our Christmas break (on my birthday actually) we would all exchange our final big gift! So I had a hard time (because I’m not driving to far out) finding a stocking, so I had to improvise. Using an old gift bag, athletic tape, markers and creativity I created a christmas bag that is now hanging in my locker. It’s fun shopping for tiny gifts for your secret santa and trying to put them in your persons stocking without them catching you! Anyways, after practice today I went and bought a few treats to stuff into my persons stocking before heading home.
For lunch I made my go to Salmon that my teammate Elin taught me two years ago. We played in Volga together for Chevakata and she noticed that 90% of the time when we went out to a restaurant I would buy salmon. I love salmon but didn’t know how to cook it. She taught me this really simple and quick recipe for baked salmon and vegetables and it comes out delicious EVERY. SINGLE. TIME! Plus, it’s healthy!
After eating, I always take about an hour and a half to two hour nap in between practices to rest and reenergize my body. Then I usually get up an hour before I have to leave for the gym, prepare my bag and gear for practice, watch clips on YouTube, eat a snack and then head out to our evening practice. During evening practice (5 pm), we will go to work for about two hours if we don't watch film, usually preparing for our opponent as well as working on what we need to execute to be successful.
After practice, I’ll get home, throw the practice gear from evening practice into the washer with my morning gear and start a load. While that’s going I’ll cook myself something to eat for dinner. By the time I finish cooking and eating dinner, my load is done so I take my clothes out to air dry on the drying rack in my apartment.
To end my night I'm usually watching Youtube clips, Face-timing my family back home, texting my friends on whatsapp, and or drawing. Gotta love technology, when you're in a different country or a good 7-10 hour plane ride from your loved ones, technology is a God send. It’s a great way to keep in touch and see your loved once since you can’t physically be in their presence. Tonight I decided to work on an art project to help promote Talltique Boutique, a great clothing boutique that provides fashionable and tall clothing for tall women such as myself.
By 10:30/11 pm I’m usually crawling into bed, ready to knock out, but not before I pick out my practice gear and prepare my bag for tomorrow! You know those popular basketball sayings :Ball, Eat, Sleep, Repeat. This pretty sums up majority of my life overseas, especially on practice days. It may not sound like the most exciting or glamorous life day to day (especially on pure practice days) but I don’t mind because I’m blessed to do what I love everyday: PLAY BASKETBALL! And to be honest I wouldn't want it any other way. So before I fall asleep, let me set this 8:30 am alarm so I can wake up and do this all over again tomorrow!
Thanks for stopping by and God bless!