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posted 01.19.2012 at 9.50 a.m. by Lyndsey Munoz

LyndsLaxx Blog: An Introduction, The Schedule and a Visit from Dr. Waddell

Lyndsey Munoz

Hey guys, for most of you who don't know me, my name is Lyndsey Munoz, but my teammates call me lyndslaxx. I am a sophomore goalie at Stanford University located in Palo Alto, California. While I'm new to the "blogosphere," I pretty much live and breathe lacrosse #truelife (follow me @lyndslaxx22). I am from Crofton, Md., which is about fifteen minutes west of Annapolis. I began playing lacrosse at the age of 5, and fell in love with the sport. I graduated from St. Mary's High School in Annapolis, and chose to play to Stanford.

In this blog, I hope to give people a taste of college lacrosse; through different experiences the team and I have throughout the season.

Right now, we're going through preseason, which means our practice times are more frequent, and we are trying our hardest to best prepare for the tough opponents we will face this season. A typical week for us in preseason looks like this: Mondays are conditioning at 7:45 a.m. usually lasting an hour, then practice from 3-6 p.m. This quarter I'm not one of the unlucky few who have to go straight to class. Instead, I have time to take a nap or shower before class on Mondays. Tuesdays and Thursdays we will have 7:45 a.m. lift, that again lasts for an hour and practice 3-6. Lifting days are my favorite, since I'm better at lifting than conditioning (shocker, I'm a goalie). Wednesdays we just have practice 3-6 (in the fall we get Wednesdays off). Fridays we have 7 a.m. conditioning, followed by practice again 3-6. We'll end on Saturday with practice around 9 or 10 a.m.

Now you get why they say, "playing a Division I sport is like having a job". However, despite the time commitment we have, I still have plenty of time to complete my schoolwork and hang out with my friends. We love taking trips to the Santa Cruz boardwalk to lie on the beach, going to San Francisco on a day off, or even going on little excursions to In-n-Out Burger (a luxury on the West Coast).

Here at Stanford, while we do many things similarly to most schools, there are also a lot of things that are unique to our program. Just this past week, we had a sports psychologist, Dr. Waddell, come and speak to our team for a few days. Something that most coaches don't recognize is how important your mental game is to your physical game. As a goalie, I have found this especially vital for my position. Dr. Waddell taught us a lot about how to improve our mental game, beginning with positive thinking. A lot of players, once they make a mistake get stuck in the, "what if's" or "should's". They question themselves, thinking, "What if I had done this?" or "I really should have done that".

Instead, Dr. Waddell taught us to create a positive mantra in our head, a little saying that will get us to refocus and rebound from the previous mistake. When Dr. Waddell asked us how much of our game was mental to physical, the ratios looked like 50:50, 60:40, and even 80:20. When asked how much we worked on our mental game versus our physical game, the ratios were completely reversed. Here, it was so evident how important the mental game is to our athletic performance, and how little we as players actually work on it. I have also read some great books on it as well, "Mind Gym" by Gary Mack, and "Training Camp" by Jon Gordon. In my own experience, I have seen how much athletic performance can increase with the right mindset. The improvements I made from my junior year to my senior year of high school were incredible, and it wasn't just because of my physical training. Acquiring the right mental advantages can be the difference in having a good game and great game.

I hope you enjoyed my first post, and I'll talk to you guys soon! ~Live, Love, Lyndslaxx