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Where does the time go?

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Wisconsin women's soccer head coach Paula Wilkins will keep a consistent blog throughout the  spring season to track the team's progress and other tidbits. Check back to UWBadgers.com for regular updates.

It has been a crazy/ busy week upon returning from spring break. It was a great time in our training for the break to come because I believe it gave time for the players to take a physical and mental break. It's hard to believe we only have 16 days of training this spring. The time has flown by so fast, and as a coach, I keep thinking of the things I want to work on this semester to prepare us for next fall. It never seems like enough time to accomplish everything I want to do on and off the field with the team.

I am always hoping that we continue to take steps forward with the program, and this spring I have already seen a few players step up into different roles. We have another game this weekend on Saturday, and I am looking forward to seeing the team change some of the things we have been focusing on this week in training. We had a slow start to the week, but this is generally expected as they shake off their spring break legs. I was happy with our fitness testing we did on Tuesday, as the majority of the players did better than at the beginning of the semester. I believe fitness is the basis for any good program.

Speaking of fitness, I slacked off a little over spring break, but I am happy to report I have broken the century mark in my quest for Middletown, Pa. Only 702.5 miles to go, and with the weather looking good today, I am expecting to be below 700 very soon. The minor setback this spring break in my running was that I was home for a bit to celebrate my father's birthday, and I enjoyed too much of the birthday cake my mother got for my father. I am not sure if he even got a piece of his own cake, but it is the best cake in the world.

This weekend looks to be a great weather weekend in Madison, so I am happy we will be playing in the most perfect environment on Saturday. The lakes are completely unfrozen, so people are outside all the time enjoying the nice weather. I will hopefully have the time to spend a bit of my Sunday enjoying State Street. It's one of the coolest places in Madison, and I particularly love window shopping and getting a Jamba Juice on a nice day.

Don't forget to watch the men's hockey team play this Saturday at 6 p.m. for the National Championship against Boston College. It should be a great game, and it will be nice for Mike Eaves and the Badgers to bring home a national championship. Go Badgers!

Check my blog next week, as I will let you know about our game this weekend and what's going on next weekend!

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