Pushing The Limits (10/30/12)

My first couple weeks back in Lake Placid have been very interesting to say the least.  Upon my arrival there were track superstars about-Tianna Madison and Lolo Jones came out to try out for the bobsled team.  The atmosphere had definitely changed, and it was an atmosphere I crave to be in, one of crazy competitiveness.  Lolo and I seem to have a lot in common.  We are both attempting to be dual Olympians by competing in both summer and winter Olympics.  I just attempted to make London in weightlifting, and now she is trying to make Sochi as a bobsledder.

Katie Uhlaender 
This is an example of how Lolo gets to eat now, and I'm holding a clementine, but wishing I could eat fries

There are definitely some things that take adjusting to in doing two sports.  For me the training for weightlifting was like nothing I had ever done before.  I went from lifting two to three times a week for skeleton, to five to six days a week for weightlifting with almost no speed work.  I lift to be prepared to push a 29 kilo (64lbs) sled, but mostly did speed workouts, and in the past I would have never believed it was possible to squat and clean six days a week and survive.

My body is definitely taking a beating in the weight room, and I push the limit every day as best I can.  I seem to continually be surprised at how much it can take, especially after 8 surgeries (two of those being a twice-shattered knee cap).  So, I'm constantly trying to balance the demands of skeleton with my training in the weight room.  And now so is Lolo.

Skeleton is similar to bobsled in how much preparation it takes to get ready to spend less than a minute down the track.  Lolo is a hurdler, which also translates to pushing the sled but now she is pushing a 400lb sled.  Lolo saw a bobsled crash and I took advantage of telling her how skeleton is less dangerous, but she didn't believe me.  She also later looked at my salad, and me then over to the bobsledders eating burgers and fries and said: "I think I'll stick with bobsled."  The bobsledders have to gain weight due to how mass pushes mass, but for skeleton you want to be like a track athlete and maximize your power to weight ratio.  She WAS the perfect weight and speed for skeleton already, but I think she's enjoying having a break from track and now able to eat whatever she wants.  I'm now taking notes from her for skeleton and weightlifting in keeping my power to weight ratio correct.  So from here on out we will trade speed secrets.I have no issues helping her gain weight, and I will definitely take note on her methods of staying lean for sprinting.  The Olympic motto is Citius, Altius, Fortius which is Latin for faster, higher, stronger.  We are definitely experiencing all aspects of this motto while competing in both winter and summer sports.  In the coming months I will go into more detail on how training for two sports is so challenging.