So we're one week into the 2010 Winter Olympics and I have to say that so far, it has been such an awesome experience! George and I are lucky enough to live in Vancouver and I have been out almost every day just walking around trying to absorb as much of this Olympic experience as I possibly can! The weather has been absolutely beautiful, the streets are packed with happy, enthusiastic fans from all over the world and the feeling of Canadian patriotism is the highest that I have ever felt in my entire life!
I've watched the Olympics in the past and have always been a big sports fan but knowing that all these athletes are competing at such a high level right in my own back yard is just so awesome! I've found myself glued to the t.v. this past week watching sports that I normally wouldn't watch like long and short track speed skating, biathlon, down hill skiing and the skeleton and I am blown away by the concentration, dedication and all out effort that each athlete puts in to their performance no matter what sport they are competing in.
I'm not going to lie.. I wasn't so sure about these Olympics before they got to town but I have to admit that I've now totally jumped on the Vancouver 2010 bandwagon and will be celebrating and enjoying the games as much as I can for the next ten days!
GO CANADA GO!!!
Sports Medicine article by Ben on Friday, February 19, 2010 7:34:04 PM EST
A few of the trainers at the studio that I train out of entered an indoor rowing championship this past weekend and we won for the second straight year! The corporate challenge consisted of 8 people per team - 6 men and 2 women and was the combined team average for the 500 meter row.
I'm not going to lie... this was BY FAR one of the hardest things that I have done in a really long time! I was totally exhausted at the end and I can't believe how trashed my body felt after only a minute and a half of full out exertion! My quads were so tight and sore after I finished from all the lactic acid and my head was pounding which I presume was from oxygen deprivation to my brain! And even though I completely bonked during the row and totally ran out of gas with more than a hundred meters to go, I still managed to do it in 1 min 29 sec! Not bad for only a week of preparation.. I think I'm going to actually work on my technique a bit this year and shoot for 1:26 next year!
General Fitness article by Ben on Monday, February 08, 2010 5:16:06 PM EST