1. Early morning workouts
We've all been too slow in the morning at one point, only to get to the track at noon and have the brutal sun glaring down on you. It's not a good feeling - which is why we often try to work out early in the morning. Before work. So that by the time we're at work, all we want to do is eat a second breakfast and nap.
2. Waiting...and waiting...and waiting to see results
If you're friends with a fall athlete, I'm sorry. You're the ones we go to, eager to know if our hard work is paying off. The friends are the ones to field questions like:
"Can you see a six pack?"
"Do my arms looks bigger than a month ago?"
"Touch my butt. Is it firm?"
All we want is some reassurance.
3. Using your need for protein after a workout as an excuse to drink endless amounts of chocolate milk
I'm being healthy, I swear.
4. Constantly texting your teammates about fitness tests
Nothing is more comforting than knowing everyone is equally confused about how to run the Beep Test. How many cones do I need? Should I carry my phone with me for the audio the whole time, or do I bring a speaker? I think I passed, but that must mean I did it wrong, right? We all know that by the end of the summer, though, we'll have figured it out together (hopefully).
5. Being proud of your sweat
We've all seen or sent post workout Snapchats of our shirts, faces, arms, you name it, being drenched in sweat. It's an indication that we're making our bodies work hard - and better yet it's our body saying thank you for trying to be healthy, by cooling us down. Plus, sweating heavily during a workout is often an indication of a high fitness level. So, next time someone judges you for sweating a lot, throw that in their face.
6. It's not enough to just play your sport
More often than not, you won't stop at just playing the sport for the summer. You'll coach it, watch it, ref it, dream it.
7. Getting random inspirational texts from your coach
Nothing beats the text sent by coach to all 25 members of your team, trying to keep you motivated for the summer. Sometimes it's a countdown until preseason, or an inspirational quote, other times it turns into a conversation convincing your coach to get a tattoo if you win your conference.
8. Asking yourself when is too soon to post a "preseason countdown" post on social media
A day, a week, a month? The obvious answer is it's never too soon.
9. Rewatching your last game from last season to plan your revenge on the team that knocked you out of the playoffs
If your games are recorded, there's no way you haven't replayed that goal again, and again, and again. You know the minute they scored, the number of the player, and all of their social media accounts. More importantly, you know exactly when your teams next play each other.
10. Feeling sore on the daily, but knowing it'll pay off this season
Honestly, nothing beats passing out on the couch after sweating your ass off, because you know you're working towards an end goal. At the end of the day, all the aching pains are worth it because we're not just doing this for ourselves, we're doing it for our team.