Yesterday was a great New England day. April in the northeast can be a crazy month — it could snow, or at least be raw and rainy; or it could reach the 60s-70s and start to feel like summer. Cape Cod is always about 10-15 degrees cooler in the summer than points inland. Usually that means we get robbed of a spring (like last year), but this week started to tease of summer. This is good news for lacrosse season!
Last week the town lacrosse league kicked off the season, which also meant my debut as an assistant coach. I was really looking forward to this, and so far it’s been a lot of fun. I really like working with kids, even if it’s a little hectic with almost 40 6-8 year olds. Although soccer was my main sport, I played a little lacrosse in my younger days.
We have some more experienced coaches running things, so I’m just there to help out and make sure that every kid gets attention. My son who’s almost 7 is on the team, and I love that he’s excited to have me as a coach. I need to practice some more with him at home, but he doesn’t seem to have the attention span for practicing.
I feel bad that I’m coaching my older son while my almost 5 year old is over on another field in the instructional league. He hasn’t mentioned anything about it, so hopefully it’s not a big deal. I have a feeling I’ll be sticking with this for the years ahead, so I’ll get a chance to coach my younger boys soon enough. In general, I think this whole experience is great for me– I need the outdoor activity, it works with the family lifestyle, and I get to meet other guys in similar situations to mine.
With the warm weather on the way, it means we’re back in mountain biking season. I went for a ride on Sunday, and I’m really looking to make it a big year on the bike. I need to find some more people to ride with though, it makes it a lot more fun. One of my friends is moving to the Cape full time this summer, which is great.
We already talked about the places we want to ride. There are a ton of great trails within 15 minutes. I’m still pretty bummed out about my disappointing ski season (in terms of days on the mountain), but I might go one last day this weekend; if not, at least I can get back to my outdoor activities now that spring is here.