Tod Lanter, one of three seniors on the Kentucky team this coming season, kept on the go in the summer. He visited friends in Panama City, Fla., where he once attended Gulf Coast State College. As is his custom, he went to Lake Herrington and Lake Cumberland.
These trips included the perspective of a biological clock ticking.
"Technically, this is my last free summer because I'm going to be a grownup after this," he said in late August. "I tried to lay back and relax a little bit and take it for what it's worth."
R-E-L-A-X, as Aaron Rodgers advised Green Bay fans after the Packers got off to a 1-2 start to this NFL season, did not consume all of Lanter's summer. In order to make money and get in what amounted to extra weightlifting sessions, he worked for a moving company.
When asked what piece of furniture or appliance presented the most difficult challenge, Lanter answered without hesitation.
"Pianos," he said. "I actually stopped doing it after the pianos because I was scared I was going to hurt myself. It's not easy. It's not the kind of healthy lifting you need to be doing."
Grand pianos? Upright pianos?
"Both," he said.
According to the Yahoo! Answers website, a small upright piano can weigh between 300 to 400 pounds. Larger upright pianos can weigh between 500 and 800 pounds. Grand pianos can weigh about 1,200 pounds.
Of course, Kentucky's trip to the Bahamas in August provided a chance to travel without the burden of moving a piano. Lanter noted how well the players got to know each other and got to meet the parents.
Lanter, who will turn 24 in February, also said the trip smoothed over age differences.
"(UK Coach John Calipari) knew what he was doing going into that," Lanter said. "He wanted us to hang out with people. ... One of his biggest deals was 'Don't go out to dinner with two people. Go with six or seven. Take people with you and spend time together.'"
In larger groups, the players ate together and went down the resort's "lazy river" together and spent time at the pool or beach together.
"He wanted us to get to know each other in that way," Lanter said of Calipari. "Because he knows how big a toll this year is going to take on us both physically and mentally. And it's going to be very important that we be close-knit."
Lanter is keenly aware that this is his third and final season as a UK player. He said he hasn't given a lot of thought to the future beyond the 2014-15 season.
"I've still got a full two semesters of classes and an extremely long season ahead ...," he said. "So I haven't immediately thought of what's going to happen to me when we're done.
"But I'd tell you I'd really like to go out on a high note. I'd like to still be playing in April."
Lanter, who grew up in Lexington, knows Kentucky basketball's storied history. His father, Bo, played for UK (1980-82). So he knows how well a national championship would cap a career.