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The Performance Life

The Cruelties of Preseason

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It’s been incredibly hot and humid this preseason, but I promised myself I’d learn from last year and foam roll and stretch after every practice, and keep eating all day.

Anyone else have good strategies for surviving practice in the heat?

With help from the specialists on the Core Performance team, I’ve set up a daily plan for myself.

Preseason Schedule

  • 4:45 a.m.: Wake, Mini-Meal, make sure to hydrate
  • 5:30 a.m.: Training Room - ankle rehab/mobility work, get taped up
  • 5:45 - 8:00 a.m.: Session 1
  • 8:00 a.m.: Recovery Shake (Myoplex Lite + two fruits), foam roll and AIS, ice bath
  • 9:30 a.m.: Breakfast
  • 12:00 p.m.: Lunch
  • 2:30 p.m.: Mini-Meal
  • 3:30 p.m.: Training Room – ankle rehab, get taped up
  • 3:45 - 6:00 p.m.: Session 2
  • 6:00 p.m. Recovery Shake (Myoplex Lite + two fruits), foam roll and AIS, ice bath
  • 7:30 p.m.: Dinner
  • 9:45 p.m.: Sleep

So we have to run two miles under 12 minutes as a fitness test on the first day, and I run the first couple laps on time when my asthma kicks in and I have to stop—so much for a successful start to preseason.

But I’m trying to focus on what’s ahead rather than what happened the practice before. I head to every session with a positive attitude, and my play is getting better from day to day.

At the end of the first week, the guys that failed the test the first time run the 2 miles again, and I actually finished it—not within the 12 minutes but still in a respectable time given the fact that my legs are incredibly sore after ten sessions over the last five days.

A week later, we played our first two games of the season. With a convincing win and a tie against a very good team, we have the first national ranking (24th) of our team in the past 15 years. And the best thing: I know we are nowhere close to being satisfied.

Tags: Hydration, Snacks, Soccer, College, Food