Indoor Regatta and Recovery Week

Well it has definitely been too long since my last post, and this one is going to have to be short. Who knew life could be this busy?

Last weekend was the 2011 Indoor Kayak Regatta here in Oklahoma City. It wasn’t the same a racing on the water but with freezing temperatures the week leading up to the regatta I’m not sure I would have wanted to race on the water. Though the ergs aren’t the most reliable pieces of equipment, there was still some quality race experience that day. Lots of practice making and following race plans. And also lots of practice pushing through pain. Kayak ergs deal out more pain than an angry Marine.

It was such a blessing to get to spend time with Alan Anderson and Katy Hill’s mom Missy. We went out to dinner Friday night and got to chat for hours. Sounds like my old team back in Gig Harbor is doing really well. I can’t wait to see how they do at trials. I hear good things about some of the canoeists!

Following the erg regatta, Shaun had us on a recovery week which has been wonderful. A lot of much needed rest and still some quality work. Though I’m a little tired from our gym secession and 90 minute paddle this morning, after tomorrow’s day off I should be ready for the next two loading weeks. It is time to get some serious water work. Only two months till Trials!

Snow… Again

Well another “winter storm” hit Oklahoma City last night. I woke up at 8:40 this morning to about 4 inches of powder on the ground and quite a flurry of snow falling from the sky. I braved the elements and trudged my way to the gym to workout with Carlos Montalvo. After we finished our workout at 11:00 the snow and wind had died down to just a sparkling mist floating in the air. From what says this is the last of the snow we should be experiencing, which I am quite happy to hear. Looks like it should warm up by this weekend to above freezing and then continue getting warmer from here on out.

I can’t wait for the warm weather, currently the river is still frozen over and probably will be for the rest of the week. Thankfully we’ve still got our ergs, the gym and treadmills. This Saturday is the Indoor Kayak Event at the Oklahoma City Cox Center. We will be racing 500 meters and 200 meters. I’m not sure how many competitors will show up but it will be nice to get into the competitive mindset again.

What I’m looking forward to the most this weekend is getting to see Alan Anderson, coach of the Gig Harbor Canoe & Kayak Racing Team, my home team. Alan was more than just my first coach, he was and still is one of my best friends. Can’t wait to pick him and Brynn Monday up from the airport this Friday.

Well even though today is a snow day, my critical thinking skills are telling me I’d better get to work on my Critical Thinking homework for tomorrow or I won’t be sleeping tonight.

The Great Blizzard

Well call it exaggeration but that’s what called the snow storm that hit OKC and apparently the rest of the midwest to eastern US this last week. It hit Monday night and continued to snow all day Tuesday along with 45mph winds. It was excruciating to go outside. I wasn’t able to make it to the gym that day, which turned out to be a blessing. Monday we had two weight lifting sessions. In the morning we did endurance lifts and in the afternoon we lifted heavy. After doing those plus school work all day, a hurried lunch, and no dinner until after my 6:30 to 8:45pm class that night I was at a point of exahstion I can honestly say I’m not sure I’ve been before. Maybe my body was fighting something because I could barely walk, and definitely couldn’t think. But thankfully  Tuesday, with the blizzard raging outside, I caught up on that sleep and rest I had been desperately needing.

Yesterday I was able to do a core workout and an awesome run on tredmills with Austin Schwinn, the newest addition to the kayak family here at OCU. Our run was just 45 minutes on the tredmill, but we made it far more than that. After 30 minutes I increased my speed by .5 mph then with ten minutes to go I did the same, and again and again as the end approached. When I smacked the big red stop button at 45 minutes I think the tredmill was humming along at a good 10.5 mph. Ahh I love pushing myself that hard! There’s something about it that just really makes me feel alive.

Today we finally went back to the boathouse, braving the treacherous roads and even more dangerous – the Oklahoma drivers. You would think we were in San Diego after a heavy rain! It was good to do a group workout again, even if it was on the ergs that we love so much.

Best thing that happened today was I had my first skype meeting with my new sports psychologist, Wendy Borlabi, Senior Sports Psychologist for the USOC. I am so excited about this. As I study psychology here at OCU I will be coached in it in relation to my kayaking. I can’t wait to be able unleash all of my ability, or to quote Shakespeare, to “let slip the dogs of war!”