After last night’s preseason win over the Charlotte Eagles, the Revolution players and traveling staff have today off to regroup and prepare for another week of training, beginning tomorrow morning. Many take the opportunity of a day off on the road to sleep in, catch up on some TV or reading, and generally just relax. But the fact is, there’s only so much TV you can watch and reading you can do in one day when you’re cooped up in a hotel room. At some point, you’ve simply got to get outside.
As I currently sit in my hotel room watching Youtube videos with my roommate – as a side note, Zach Galifianakis is hilarious – I got to thinking about the types of activities players and staff occupy themselves with on days off. Here are a couple options …
1. Go to the movies. This is probably the most important, assuming a movie theater is nearby. In the case of our current hotel in Cary, we have one within walking distance, which is absolutely critical when you’re on a 12-day trip. From the time we arrive at the hotel, having access to a listing of movie times is essential.
2. Go out to lunch. While we’re on the road, almost every meal is provided buffet style at the hotel. That’s also the case on days off, but many players choose to skip the team meal on a day like today and take the chance to head to a restaurant for lunch. It’s a great way just to get out of the hotel for a couple of hours and get the blood flowing.
3. Work out. Although it’s an off day, many players prefer at least to get in some type of workout. Guys can use the exercise facility in the hotel, go for a swim, or go jogging outside if weather permits.
4. Play video games. This is another big one. On this trip alone, I’m aware of a Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii which made the journey to N.C. The games get pretty competitive, and chances are there’s a game going on at all times if you really want to find one. A good way for the guys to keep the competitive juices flowing even on a day off.
5. Find some soccer on TV. The most popular activity amongst the coaches, many players and staff also get pretty resourceful in finding soccer on television. Whether it’s on in the hotel room or if you’ve got to go to a restaurant, finding soccer on TV is a must.
6. Meet up with friends in the area. Many of these players have played in different areas of the country, whether it be in school or professionally, so many of them know people everywhere we go. An off day is a great opportunity to meet up with friends and get away from the hotel for a bit.
7. Write blog posts about what to do on an off day in N.C. Well, that’s what I did to kill 15 minutes or so. So I suppose that’s an option.
Players and staff alike are busy resting up, preparing for another busy week – one of the last before the season opener on March 27. Here’s what the schedule looks like for the upcoming week.
Monday, March 15 – Training at 10 a.m.
Tuesday, March 16 – Training at 10 a.m.
Wednesday, March 17 – Closed-door scrimmage against Duke University at 9:15 a.m.
Thursday, March 18 – Training at 10 a.m.
Friday, March 19 – Training at 10 a.m.
Saturday, March 20 – Preseason match against the Carolina RailHawks at 7 p.m.
Sunday, March 21 – Return to Foxborough
We’ll be back tomorrow with a training recap and more coverage as the Revs make final preparations for the 2010 season.