Overall is was a very successful camp and I cant wait to get back up there!
This week flew by so fast, and since I wasnt able to really blog as often and much as I would like - this post is going to contain a summary of what went on - highlight, etc.
Overall is was a very successful camp and I cant wait to get back up there!
As state in a previous blog, Day 1 was the Combine Test in which I improved on...but still have ways to go. After the track, we head to the weight room which was interesting because the weights are in Kilos and Pounds. So it sucks already that I am HORRIBLE at math, but then to have to calculate the two together....and make sure that you dont add a kilos when it should be pounds and vice versa
Day 2 was the push cart. It is less than half the weight of a bobsled (I believe) and its mainly used to help us focus on our form prior to pushing a bobsled.
The next thing we did was hit up the bobsled course which was super cool to walk down! Its encouraged and fankly wise to walk the course everyday.
The remainder of the camp except for Saturday were mainly Push Days where we were at the dryland track pushing the sled
We got to go up and see the ski jumps which were crazy sick! Super high and definately something I would never consider doing! Ever!
Other than training we had a few opportunities to go into town and just walk around. None of us are made of money so its not like we could go crazy on a shopping spree but it was still nice to see.
We also had the honor of partially watching Elana do a workout - I have some videos as well that I will need to post - so please check back later ;) But she is sooooo POWERFUL!!!
Lastly, on Saturday we had our Rookie Push Competition which was a good practice race for the Actualy Push Championship happening late September back up in Lake Placid. Luckily, I was able to pull off the fastest times for both runs on both my spilts.
The 10 girls and Coach. Unfortunately there are only 6 girls in this picture that scored over 600 points BUT ITS NOT THE END FOR THEM! According to coach, we all showed tons of improvement with everyone which was amazing to see. There is the developemental team and several more times people can come tryout bobsledding so if you are interested - contact me and I'll direct you to the right people ;)
I thought I would die. But surprisingly I am doing really well. I improved on my Combine Test from the last camp in Park City and now we are just training twice a day. Its really great because we are not only learning from the US Coaches but also the US Athletes. Everyone is really great here and helpful.
So training has been super crazy! I am able to blog, but they have some kind of protection on the computers that do not allow me to save my pics to the computer. So I basically cant load anything and I dont even know if my videos went thru since I cant see those either. So unfortunately I am trying to upload as much as I can from my phone to facebook so be sure to check there!
I arrived in Lake Placid yesterday afternoon and we got to meet several of the other athletes here. It such an amazing facility with of course NOTHING but the TOP OF THE LINE STUFF. The allowed us time to adventure around a little bit since this is going to be our home for the next week and then we had dinner. After dinner we had a team meeting which was cool. We met the US coaches and other staff and specialty coaches. A good number of athletes are here for different reason. Some are current Olympians, others on the National. World, American Cup teams....some here for the Rookie Camp as I am, others here just for the Combine test - and then there is a camp for kids like 12-15 years old....not sure which sport. Another cool thing - not only is my dorm free, but also food and transportation!!! YES! (And it was free because you have to score over 600 points and I did!)
They do everything up here, ice skating, ice hockey....notice the word "ICE" before each sport????? LOL The weather aint so bad - it was POURING NON STOP yesterday but today only in the morning when we were out at the track. Right now...the sun is out and its nice. The dorms house about 96 athletes and there are 1-3 people per room. Obviously not all rooms are being used, but its really cool. So....after the team meeting, I passed out because I new we would have the Combine Test first thing tomorrow morning and I was so drained from traveling and just being excited ;)
BE SURE TO CHECK OUT MY VIDEO "my olympic dorm room" for an ALL EXCLUSIVE view of where not only I'm resting my head at night, but also to see how Olympic Athletes house and this is also where most of the Olympians from previous have stayed.
Check out the related videos on the "Home Videos" page!
As you will see if you watch the Asian World Market Home Videos, you'll see that we went exploring a little this last Saturday. It was very interesting because its been forever since I've been able to find half the items we found at this store, let alone see this many fish, crab, rice crackers...shoyu, seaweed....you name it! And what is funny is that they literally have a whole isle just for rice. I was super excited when I saw that....it was like Christmas!!! haha. I will post some pictures later since this isnt my computer and I dont wanna be saving my personal belongings here.
I had a great time visiting my family and close friends and it was nice to actually take more than a quick week to chill and breath. Its always fun to see how things have changed since the last time I went home and then there are those few things that are always the same.
As you may have noticed in several prior pictures and a few videos - my Mommy was patient enough to teach me some more yummy receipes. You may also have noticed that the brownie picture in the top left hand corner is still there....its not because I havent been blogging. Its because since I've been back at home I havent made any more yummies.
Regardless, I think I gained like 10 pounds with the luxury of having my Mommy's home cooking. Yes, Scott is a great chef as well, but since I've taken an interest in learning how - he's slowly backed out of the spotlight. hehe.
I had to get my physical done prior to heading up to NY. They will not allow anyone to stay at the Olympic Training Center without a physical done....understandably so. So I was catching up with a male friend of mine and telling him a little about my camp coming up. He said he had a story to tell me about "physicals"
He recently got married. He wore glasses as a fashion statement. Is there anything wrong with that? Nope, not one bit. He just met his wife and in a matter of two months from them meeting, they were man and wife. During these entire two months he wore his fashion statement glasses pretty much 24/7.
On their honeymoon, he decided to leave them at home. His wife asked him if he was bringing his contacts instead....and of course he laughed thinking she was just making fun of him. She was serious tho and asked how he's supposed to see anything without his glasses. He laughed and then told her that they are non-prescription glasses and he just wore them cause he thought he was more attractive, after all, he did meet his now wife while wearing them.
SHE WAS FURIOUS!!!!! She felt incredibly betrayed and couldnt believe he was living a lie. She said that on their wedding night the only reason she acted so sexy is because she was confortable with him not being able to see her naked. He just didnt understand why she was so worked up. He told me, "its not like we were required to get a physical and share it with our fiancee"
Last day in town...my Mommy treated us to my FAVORITE MEXICAN place CHILI PEPPER. If you EVER go to Yuma, Arizona and DO NOT Stop in, you're entire trip will be a failure. My mouth waters when I think of their yummy bean and cheese burritos.....ugh!
I'm Back!!!....for the remainder of this week....
I know guyz - it's been so long since I've blogged. Partially because I've been traveling, the other half of my excuse is because my laptop is broken. Sad Day. HOWEVER, I will make it my goal to update you to the best of my ability about what has been going on! ENJOY!!!