Duje Dukan Travel Blog - No. 1

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UW sophomore Duje Dukan is overseas preparing with the Croatian National Team for the U-20 European Championships in Bilbao, Spain later this summer. He'll be checking in periodically with UWBadgers.com with stories from the road.
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Greetings from Croatia! or Pozdrav iz Hrvatska!

We are now seven days into training camp in Daruvar, Croatia and have been having two-a-days on a daily basis. It has been a great experience thus far and I've learned something new every day.

We have no internet at my hotel so we have to go to the city to find a coffee shop during our breaks to get internet. All of the guys on the team are really nice and it seems like a great group. It's been really crazy communicating about each of our seasons since they are so different. These guys are busy playing in professional leagues and making an income while I'm off at college taking classes and playing for a university. Different worlds.

During our two-a-day, the schedule has looked like this:
8:15 - wake up
8:30 - breakfast
10:30 - depart hotel and walk about a mile to a local gym for practice
12:00 - finish skill work and go to the local school track and run sprints or whatever is decided
1:30 - lunch
3-5 - Mandatory rest time in your rooms
6:30 - depart for practice
8:30 - end practice
9:15 - dinner
12:00 am - lights out

It's a very hectic day. After a while of repeating that schedule, it starts to become a habit, but your body does become more tired. It takes a toll.

The thing that keeps me going is the notion of playing for a national team. I'm getting to represent a whole country and we're about to embark on a European competition against other top athletes our age. So, the motivation is that you train to get any type of advantage over them.

We started training camp with 17 guys on the roster and two just got cut, so we are down to 15. The final cut would trim the competition roster down to 12 men.

Hope all is well back in the States. I'm having fun and getting better and stronger over here.

Talk to you again soon,

Duje

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