Over the past month or so while 🚴♀️ racing I’ve often been asked what my previous competitive background is. I generally tell people that I was a triathlete and sprinter/hurdler, but what I leave out for the sake of time, is that I’ve been consistently training, year-round, for the last 15 years, and weightlifting for the past 7. .
In my 11-yr career as a sprinter/hurdler, I was blessed with a decent %-age of fast-twitch muscle fibers, flexible hips (hip dysplasia!), rigid ankles, and large feet, all of which make fast sprinters (a topic I studied in the PhD program I dropped out of!).
I wasn't, however, naturally strong at all and was one of the weakest athletes in my university. I knew greater relative strength (strength-to-weight ratio) would make me a faster sprinter so in grad school I committed myself to becoming as strong as possible no matter how much I hated weightlifting.
Over time, I learned to love lifting and spent about 16 hours/week (lower body lifts only) fighting for and... sometimes crying over...every last kilo and found joy in watching my strength and power double and even triple! Eventually my totals in the snatch and clean & jerk, though still modest, would have qualified me for collegiate nationals in weightlifting which was a huge accomplishment for me.
Unsurprisingly, I improved all my college sprint PRs and was even asked if I was "on drugs” and to this day that remains one of the greatest indirect compliments I've ever received!
A few months later, I made the US bobsled team for a brief period before hammering 20hrs/wk of triathlon volume training to quickly improve my lacking cardiovascular fitness. Three years of which, led me to fulltime cycling. Swimming is not my favorite and I have a torn labrum from my hip dysplasia (no more running until surgery!) so the forced transition into cycling only was a huge blessing in disguise. #Godsplanbestplan
#throwbackthursday to "what's up man, I heard you need a push athlete for park city. Down to slide?" We were college roommates, then life happened and we ended up living 2000+ miles apart and not seeing each other for years. Great catching up, thanks for taking trips during our training week. (And sorry for the bloody knuckles) @corey_swan@taylormaines
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Bare with me on this one for a second. I wanted to see how many strokes and the distance of runners I have sanded in my bobsledding career so far. Don't check my math too hard but here we go. For a race prep sand, per runner, we use 10 different pieces of sandpaper. Each piece of paper we do two separate lines of 20 strokes. So for all 10 pieces of sandpaper that’s 400 strokes. We have two sleds to prepare so that’s 800 strokes for race prep. I have 3 training days per week and probably do 4 pieces of sandpaper (2 per run) in training, so that’s another 480 strokes. This is all assuming that you didn't hit concrete, there weren't any scratches in your runners, and you didn't make any mistakes while sanding or had to go back up to a higher grit. .
So if you had to do the bare minimum, which never happens, and only race sanded 2 runners(brakeman often times do 3) that would be 1,280 strokes in a given week. I think its safe to add at least 20% more strokes for scratches, swirls, and concrete. So call it 1,536 strokes in a given week. My typical season has 8 World Cup Races a year, World Championships which is a double 2man and 4man race, Team Trials, Nationals, and a North Americas Cup race which is also a double double. So that’s 13 full training and race weeks plus the extra 4 race prep sands from Worlds and NAC because they are double races. So that comes out to 21,586 strokes in one season. I've been bobsledding now for 5 seasons so that is 107,840 strokes.
To keep it simple lets just say the average length of a bobsled runner 1 meter. The 2man runners are shorter than the 4man and the front runners are shorter than the back, but average is about 1 meter. Every stroke counted with sand paper is down and back on the runner, so one stroke equals 2 meters. So in my 5 years bobsledding I have sanded approximately the equivalent distance of 215,680 meters, 215 kilometers, or 129 miles of runners.
And after all of this you'd think my arm muscles would be a little bigger.
I'm a true believer that the best and most memorable experiences happen right outside your comfort zone!
Today I'm in #ParkCity , Utah on a brand sponsored trip: Snowing and Towing! (thanks #GMC !) where I not only drove the new gorgeous @GMC#SierraAT4 in from Salt Lake City by myself, but I also towed two bobsleds up the mountain. Then, joined a bobsled team and bobsledded! I'm a bobsledder!
Crazy cool (insanely scary, bobsledding...I'm not gonna lie!) and honestly, one of the neatest press trips I've been on. I can't wait to share more about these awesome trucks. So innovative and the technology is just mind blowing.
A HUGE thank you to everyone who contributed, shared, or sent positive vibes our way! We're fresh outta filming in BC and we couldn't have done it without you!
A big thanks to Team Canada, everyone working at the Whistler Sliding Centre & the bobsleigh community for enduring us & our constant filming, and to everyone who helped us along the way :) Now onto the next steps -- we'll keep ya posted as we go along and will let you know when you'll be able to watch this precious lil doc of ours ⭐🌟⭐
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Here is a 1 month improvement for @supremechulpa ! He started with needing 70lbs of help to get a chin up & now we have him getting 5 reps easy here! Proud of you man! Keep up the great work💪😎
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