For the past three weeks, Team USA has been enjoying the glorious sunshine at the Olympic Training Center in San Diego.
The services at the Olympic Training Center could almost qualify it as a luxury resort (in a crazy, workouts-three-times-a-day sort of way!). The Sports Clinic is fully staffed with physical therapists and chiropractors to heal our aches and pains, and we can also soothe our sore muscles in a hot-tub-turned-ice-bath. The Athlete Dining Hall, with their delicious meals and expansive salad bar, keeps us well-fed and happy. And during our downtime, we have the AT&T Athlete Center to watch movies, play ping-pong or pool, or check out the latest games on the Wii– provided, of course, that we’re not napping! Add to all that a weather forecast of 70 degrees and sunshine… how could life get any better???
Without a doubt, the main benefit of San Diego is the open water. On Otay Lake, we have over 3k of flat, clean, current-free water, shared only with the US Kayak Team and the occasional fishermen. On-water training, especially during the winter, is a valuable chance to improve our bladework and technical skill, while still maintaining our aerobic fitness. We’re mainly working in singles and quads, with the occasional Sunday afternoon jaunt in the eight.
Now, just because it’s 75 degrees outside doesn’t mean we haven’t abandoned on-land training entirely. We’re still erging almost everyday—we just finished a round of erg testing this week, hurray for 6ks! We’re also taking advantage of the facility’s impressive weight room to make critical gains in our strength and power.
The Olympic Training Center is a bustling facility: between track and field, rowing, field hockey, archery, canoe and kayak, and rugby, all the beds are filled! The US Soccer Team arrives for a two-week camp on Sunday, so we are temporarily relocating to the Midwest to train at the High Performance Center in Oklahoma City. I’m stoked to see what Oklahoma City has to offer, although a headline in today’s newspaper has me a bit worried: “Oklahoma Temps Colder Than South Pole’s”. Eek! Wish us luck!