The World According to Weimer: The Locker Room

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Breakers logoBOSTON — As the season has gone on for the Breakers, people have come into their own and found their morning routines and habits, likely without even knowing it.

I thought I could give some insight into what some typical mornings are like within the team.

The Inner Sanctum

It’s a little before 9:30 a.m. (our reporting time), and I walk in to be greeted by Danielle Karlin, our trainer and whomever she may be working on that morning. As I walk into the locker room, I can sense the mood right away. Some days the music is playing and everyone is chatty, and some days, people are a little sleepy and keeping to themselves. Either way, I’m happy to see everyone.

It’s hard to walk by Rosie White’s chair without getting some kind of pat on the butt or creepy side eye. She’s always there to make sure you know she’s there, and she’s usually the first person I see in the morning.

Natasha Dowie is foam rolling and stretching and being a better professional than all of us.

Sammy Jo Prudhomme is like the mayor of the team. Every time I look up she’s at someone else’s chair having a conversation about who knows what. She is probably the most popular person on our team.

Allysha Chapman is usually subdued in the morning, I know, shocking, right?

Adriana Leon is not with us until around 10:30 when she wakes up for training. She is usually walking around the locker room looking for her lucky training jacket that someone has hidden on her, or asking questions about the schedule. It’s rare to see Dri without her jacket during these hours of the day, no matter the weather.

Ifeoma Onumonu, Midge Purce, Christen Westphal and Rose Lavelle are usually talking about “Game of Thrones” or “The Bachelorette,” neither of which I have ever seen. The passion with which they discuss these shows is impressive and inspiring.

Amanda Frisbie and I sit next to each other and talk about what songs are playing in the locker room. Or where Dri’s jacket is. This week we got to play some of our own jams (we gave DJ Julie King a break) and picked the 90s – some Matchbox Twenty, Pearl Jam, Goo Goo Dolls, Alanis. It was good.

You can find Sammy Jo in the music convo or in the TV show convos. She is everywhere and knows about everything.  

Lately, I have been trying to convince Rose to give me one of her Dunkin’ Donuts cards. Because I know she is a Starbucks girl. (I should probably work on the Canadians and foreigners too. Because they don’t even have Dunkin’s. #obsessed)

Angela Salem walks by a lot. She’s always doing something in the morning. Eating a snack, getting her body ready, brushing her teeth. Actually, maybe she just walks by a lot because she wants to see me. Probs.

I am usually taking forever to get ready, because that’s what I do. I’m there with plenty of time, but then scrambling to make sure I have my KT tape ready. I get distracted with what everyone else is doing sometimes. And obsessing over if I ate enough or not (athlete probs).

My favorite mornings are when music is playing that everyone knows and likes, which isn’t an easy feat because of the enormous age gaps. (I was 12 when Rose was born.) Sometimes when we’ve had a few days off, it feels like we haven’t seen each other in years. Literally, you would think that we have missed years off of each other’s life trying to catch up on our weekend lives.

But it’s cute. It’s cute to see people grow into themselves over the course of the season. Sorry for creepily watching you all. But as a writer, and an almost actual adult (I can’t tell you how many times throughout a week I say “when I grow up”) I observe a lot. I’m able to see that Dri is truly distraught without her jacket and Sammy Jo is going to be Oprah when she grows up.

I asked newcomer Katie Stengel what she thought of coming into our locker room since we have been in this routine for so long now.

“The locker room was an interesting mix,” she said. “Some days it was chaotic with debate over “The Bachelor,” while other days it was silent as everyone was still too tired from the long drive in.

But everyone was friendly, like a big goofy family, so it was easy to join in and feel a part of it”

The locker room dynamic in a team brings a comforting feeling. It might not be something you can relate to directly, because this is my team, but your team is different, and your work place is different — but it’s all the same. The feeling that things are OK because people are doing the things they usually do. The things they’re supposed to be doing. It’s a nice feeling.

People always talk about how important it is to get out of our comfort zone, and I agree. Sometimes it’s just nice to know what to expect some days and that we can save the whole staying on our toes, in the zone, focused, expect the unexpected thing for on the field when we’re playing.