A few weeks ago, I had the good fortune to go on a training trip to the US Olympic Training Center (OTC) in Colorado Springs. Walking down the path linee with all of the countries flags still holds the same ase and wonder as when I was a 14-year-old water polo player on my first trip to the OTC.
The trip lasted 12 days in total, just enough time to adjust to the altitude and then get in some great work. We were a very small group, probably 12 people in total all chosen from the National Team. There were three coaches on deck at all times, helping us push beyond our limits. I loved changing up the normal routines, trying different workouts, and most of all making new friends. Below are a few photos of the weight room and pool to give an idea of the incredible training facilities found at the OTC.
I am also thankful for all of the amazing opportunities presented to us, such as a cooking class with Alicia. The recipe for our delicious chicken adobo is included below. Although it has a high salt content, as we discussed, most athletes actually are lacking salt and need more after a tough workout. More importantly, it is absolutely delicious!
We were also able to make a few trips out of the Center and see more of Colorado Springs. The first was to train in an outdoor pool at a private club. I grew up training in the rain, but the snow adds a whole new level to training outdoors. Fortunately, the pool was nice and warm!! Here are some of the photos from the trip out to the pool, I do not have any of us actually swimming in the snow.
This was an incredible training trip and I know it got the ball rolling for 2016 on the right foot! Let’s go TEAM USA!!