In August I moved away from the Olympic Training Center. I spent three years there, and took a lot of things for granted. This week Iâ€™m heading back for my Spring Break, and I intend to appreciate everything â€“ even if the weather ends up being just as cold as Chicago.
Aside from the mountains â€“ and those are a big incentive to go back to Colorado Springs â€“ Iâ€™m really excited about drinking terrible coffee (that I donâ€™t have to brew myself), Taco Tuesday (with tacos that I donâ€™t have to make myself), Normatec Boots, the recovery center, a full blood panel to see how my bodyâ€™s holding up, ice baths (that I donâ€™t have to brew myself), and a 50m pool with 80 degree water where I can finish a workout without shivering (seriously U Chicago, what is up with the 78 degree lap pool? We are not wales!). Iâ€™m also looking forward to picking the physiologistâ€™s brains about how I can prepare for San Juan while training through a Chicago winter. Because whatever happened last weekend needs to not happen again â€“ my brain is worth too much to me to bake it!
Itâ€™s funny, Iâ€™ve only been away from the OTC for half-a-year, and still Iâ€™m almost as excited to be back as I was the first time I trained there (way back in the 90â€™s!). I plan to tell everyone I see that they need to be more appreciative of what they have. Seriously people, they take the trash out for you and vacuum thrice a week! THRICE!!