Miranda's Musings: Fall camp opens

Freshman highlights her first week of preseason training

August 14, 2013 · @MTAthletics

During the next few weeks, Middle Tennessee freshman Miranda Caballero will recap her first preseason training as a Blue Raider. The Port Orchard, Wash., product logged her thoughts from her first week of official training.

August 8

Today was the first day of actual preseason. We didn't really play at all, but we did do fitness and technical testing. We ran the beep test for the first time and I have to say it was harder than I had imagined. It got to the point where you had to mentally push yourself if you wanted to pass the next level. It was nice going into the practice with everyone. Coming to MT early really helped us all get to know each other better so it made training that much better because we all could push one another. We ran the modified mile that night and that was one tough fitness test! I think it was harder than the beep test because it was so much more draining. After that training we went to dinner and it was nice to have a precise schedule. The schedule made the day run so much more smoothly. Overall, the first day was an eye-opener, especially for the freshman. It made the whole experience finally seem real. We had been training with Coach B for a while but it was nice to be on the soccer field and training with our actual coaches. It was nice to have everything laid out for us, too. We knew where to be and when to be there for everything and it made the transition so much easier.

August 9

I'm getting a little sore now. We ran 300's this morning and those were a little tougher than I thought. I think it was tougher because it was our third training session in about 24 hours and my body just wasn't used to that yet. We did some drills as well and that was nice because we were actually playing soccer. We then played a full field game. It was nice to be able to open up and just play. The speed of play was another eye-opener for me. It was so much quicker than club ball but at the same time the quickness made the game so much more relaxed and fluent. I played defensive mid which was a little bit of a change for me because I have been playing attacking mid for a while, but I liked it! It was nice to go back to my original position but I had to focus on changing my mindset from attacking to defensive. I have been sleeping just about any chance I get. So far I think the testing and technical work went well. The freshmen seem to be adapting well and the returners have done a really great job on teaching us about the schedule and how to work with it.

August 10

Today was the first day we didn't do any testing. We ate breakfast before training and I don't know if it was a good or bad way of planning it. I was scared to eat too much before training so then when training was over I was pretty hungry; the same thing with dinner. But I also liked it because it allowed us to train longer. I always look forward to the night training sessions because we play full field and that is my favorite. Though the morning session was also really nice because we did a round robin tournament. I like how even in a simple game, the play is so intense and everyone gets so competitive. It makes the training environment that much better and I know it will only benefit everyone. The soreness goes away once we start playing, which is normal, so I think we are working the right amount. The ice baths are really helping though! They make my legs feel so much better when I wake up in the morning. So far preseason is going really well. It is definitely a big change but we are adapting well, I think. Next week is our last week of summer school and our first game so I'm sure the training environment will only get better.

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