Eight days into retirement, Carli Lloyd had yet to break a sweat on purpose.
“I haven’t run. I haven’t done anything,” she said, more with glee than guilt.
For the first time in nearly two decades, there are no more games on her calendar. No more chilly morning workouts to push through, no more solitary training sessions or sacrificing evening visits with family and friends to an early wake-up call.
That drive made her a two-time world player of the year and a two-time World Cup and Olympic champion. It put her name on the short list of the greatest women soccer players of all time. But, at 39, she’s shifting from drive to neutral and it’s a transition that will take some time.
Written by: Kevin Baxter