In the Life of a Fish: Michele Kappas
August 19, 2009
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- It’s a new year with new regular seasons quickly approaching in the next few weeks. With that comes the excitement of new games and meeting new teammates. We at pbasailfish.com will be continuing our student-athlete blogs throughout the year that give readers an inside look as to what it’s like to be a Sailfish. Our first blog comes from sophomore women’s soccer player Michele Kappas.
The sight of 19 new people on the first day of preseason was a startling beginning for almost everyone on the team. Although the returners were expecting to see numbers, the army that was in front of us still caused us to look at each other and laugh considering they more than doubled us.
Preseason kicked off with our first fitness test on the inter coastal, aka: death, followed by a 6 am 5k run, and our own Kayla Webb somehow getting attacked by a tire that flew off a truck during our run home from practice the next day. We weren’t exactly expecting to make a hospital run three days in but it just shows how different this season is going to be.
On Saturday, the 15th we played our first preseason game against Southeastern. Despite the weather delay at halftime we were able to dominate most of the game and hold our own coming home with a tie 2-2.
Im sure that we can all agree that the first week was very taxing on our bodies. We wake up and go through the same cycle every day, being in the heat 2-3 times. The ice baths that we all can’t stand are quickly becoming our best friend. As exhausting as the first week was, we now have 19 more people pushing each other to get to that finish line in every sprint.
Yes, our team may be a million times different from last year or even years to come but one thing that Coach has really stressed this week is that we are all members of one body and each have an important role. Our strength is renewed every morning when we see our teammates, knowing that on that day and the rest to come we all have one common goal in front of us: To glorify God with our actions on and off the field never giving less than 100 percent.
We welcome this next week with open arms and because we know that we are able to push through anything together