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!”

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