The things we do for rugby

This article is part of the USA Women's Eagles Final in '14 blog. All entries are written exclusively by members of the women's national team.

First of all, I'm writing this post from inside an ice bath, so let's hope I don't drop my computer.

I know it's a little late for this now that the Olympics are over, but there's been one commercial I just can't go any longer without referencing. It's perfect because it involves an athlete, Julie Chu, from America's other favorite team (outside of USA Rugby, of course): USA Hockey. Here's the link to the commercial I'm referencing where she talks about how her mom basically let her turn the house into an ice rink.

Enter me and my parents.

Ever since I was a kid, my parents have allowed me, probably begrudgingly at times, to use the house as an arena for whatever sport I was playing. At the age of 10, I decided I would have a four-foot vertical (ha) by the time I was 16 so that I could dunk a basketball, and I took to using our stairwell as a calf-raise machine and all-around jumping course. When my attention turned towards being an elite soccer player, I broke more than a few lights in our basement and outside of our house from kicking the ball against the wall and practicing tricks. Mind you, these training sessions would go until 1 or 2 A.M. sometimes, so they were nice enough to put up with the thudding of soccer balls coming from underneath their room until I eventually tired out for the day.

So naturally during these few months at my parents’, we fell right back into the swing of the good old days. Meaning, yes, I am using anything and everything I can find in this house to help me train. Fortunately we have a bunch of random stuff in storage. People have been asking me what I'm doing for training, so I thought I'd share some of the more . . . interesting stuff I do at home.

Rucking and poaching
Lateral high knees?
Some kind of weird bench press
Andddd sled (board) pushes

However, none of this stuff is as cool as the challenges my girl Amanda Street has going on. You should really check it out on her Facebook page and dare her to do something. Oh, and feel free to tweet me videos of any crazy rugby things you've done for the sake of training @kimbodare.