For a UW student athlete, the sports calendar is nearly a 12-month commitment. With extra classes and workouts filling most of the summer, it's rare that guys like Mike Bruesewitz are ever off campus.
However, since the school year ended in mid-May, Bruesewitz and his teammates have been scattered to their hometowns and beyond. Most use the time to recharge their batteries and work out with friends and former high school teammates.
The clock is ticking for their return to Madison as summer classes and workouts resume on Monday, June 13.
For Bruesewitz, that's not soon enough.
"I'm pretty anxious to get back to Madison," Bruesewitz said this week from his home in the St. Paul, Minn. area. "It will be nice to have a gym open any time we need it and not have to drive 30 minutes to work out like I'm doing now."
Since emerging as a media darling during the 2011 NCAA Tournament, Bruesewitz has backed off the workouts a bit to let his knee recover. You'll remember that the soon-to-be junior averaged 8.7 points and 6.3 rebounds off the bench during the tournament, but did so on a sprained knee, which he suffered during the Big Ten tournament.
Just recently Bruesewitz has ramped up the training again and has admitted that it's been a lot of work.
"After sitting out the last two months, it's been a struggle to get going again," he admitted. "My knee is completely fine, but my body just isn't used to the workouts yet. There is plenty of motivation for me and for our team, so we're all excited to get back to Madison and get going again."