Heading out to practice on Friday, we were each given a mouth guard in the hope that it would improve our oxygen intake. The mouth guards were ridiculously big and covered half our face, so we all thought the coaches were crazy and willing to go to any length to improve our fitness. As we (dramatically) struggled to adapt to the new training gear, spitting, drooling, coughing, gagging, the coaches informed us with serious faces that this was going to help us in the long run. Occasionally, they even snapped at us to stop goofing off and focus for practice. We all took the task of wearing these things very seriously until Amanda admitted that the whole thing was a practical joke. Courtney saw the mouth guards in the training room before practice and called Amanda to propose the joke. Courtney and the coaching staff got quite a laugh out of their little charade, but I’ve vowed to get them all back. I was singled out during the whole thing because of my excessive dramatization of how uncomfortable and ridiculous they were. As you can see in the picture, I wasn’t too happy when they told us it was all a prank.