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Olympic Training Center! (With LOTS of photos!)

Friday, November 11, 2011

Well, this week was a toughy. The reason I was derailed in my fitness progress was because I contracted a rather painful, and definitely annoying as all hell, UTI. Gotta say, didn't see it coming. I woke up at 2am Monday and had to pee (not an unusual occurrence). Only it hurt and felt like I still had to go. That was basically the end of my sleep that night. Another night of less than 3 hours sleep. AWESOME. Anyway, I've these before (I'm fairly prone to them for some reason) and started my usual self-treatment: alternating water and cranberry juice at a near constant rate to flush out the system. Didn't seem to work out that well after all. I'm feeling better now that I am on antibiotics. Unfortunately, in order to take these anti-b's, I have had to stop taking everything else. I'm not on my asthma meds, allergy meds, or stomach meds. Its only for three days, so its not like its life or death if I'm not taking these. But, it has made some things difficult this week. No exercise cuz I don't want to have any asthma issues in the middle of a workout, especially if I can't take my rescue inhaler to help me. And my stomach meds help with the acid reflux caused by my malfunctioning gallbladder. Also, for stomach and UTI reasons, I've had to eat some pretty bland food over the last few days. But, starting tomorrow, I can begin taking all my usual meds again and get back to a routine. I've decided to start over with the 28 Day Bootcamp from the beginning.

Anyway, the real reason for this blog is that for my nutrition class, we took a field trip to the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista! We got to speak to the dietitian there, saw some althletes roaming around, and took a walking tour of the grounds. The facility itself is meant for warm weather sports- archery, field hockey, track and field, softball, BMX bikes, soccer, and rowing. They have a fitness facility, dining hall, and dorms, as there are some resident athletes that stay on site. Most of these athletes start their day at 9am and workout until noon. They go to lunch, relax a bit, and then workout some more from 1:30 or so to 5 or 8pm. Can you imagine?!?! Here are some photos:

The Front

The Driveway

The Olympic Flame

The resident dietitian, Andrea. She was from Australia/New Zealand.

The wall of olympians

The start of the mile-long Olympic Path

The gym

Field hockey area in the foreground. Right next to it (the lumpy ground) is the BMX track for time trials- they ride off that big ramp there.

The track and field zone

Ya know... I don't know what this is. Some kind of crazy... something...

Archery fields

That's the dining hall. The biggest bummer of the tour is that we didn't get to go inside it and see how it was set up.

I took many more pictures, but I don't want to overwhelm this blog. It was a fun tour and it was neat seeing the facilities. Most of the qualifying trials and such that are held at the facility are free to the public to watch, too.


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  • RAINYFRIDAY
    Awww, I feel your pain. :( I had a UTI a few weeks ago, I'm also prone to them. I think someone else suggested it, but I'll chime in too, I take the cranberry extract pills when I get mine, 2 capsules=20 calories vs. the cranberry juice, which has a ton.

    Last week my hubby and I were passing the Olympic Training Center sign on the highway and I mentioned you could tour it and he looked at me like I had 2 heads. He said. "It's a big gym." Hehe. Looks like you had a great time, thanks for sharing the pics!
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  • JSALERNO
    COOL
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    Glad you are better. What an awesome field trip! enough to mark starting boot camp all,over an easy decision.
    3450 days ago
  • KKINNEA
    Amazing trip - thanks for sharing the views!
    3450 days ago
  • MEWHENRYSMAMA
    OH, I HATE UTI / BLADDER INFECTIONS emoticon I SURE HOPE YOUR IS GONE QUICKLY. LET ME ALSO SUGGEST THE CRANBERRY PILLS (AT COSTCO / SAMS CLUB, ETC). A UROLOGIST TOLD A FRIEND WHO HAS SUFFERED WITH THESE FOR YEARS THAT THE CRANBERRY JUICE IS A HIGH CALORIE REMEDY THAT REALLY IS NOT ENOUGH OF WHAT IT TAKES AND SHE TOLD HER TO GET THE PILLS. I ALSO HAVE HAD SUCCESS WITH THEM AND LIKE TO TAKE THEM FOR WEEKS AFTER ANTIBIOTICS AND IF I EVEN SUSPECT I MIGHT BE GETTING ONE.
    I HOPE YOU ARE BETTER SOON!
    MARY
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  • ARCHIMEDESII
    That is sooooo COOL !! Gosh, would I love to have access to an exercise facility like that. Maybe next life time. LOL !!! thanks for posting the awesome photos ! Glad you enjoyed yourself.

    Now, no more beatings because you couldn't do your normal routine. You had legitimate reasons not to exercise. You had to take care of yourself. Once your UTI has passed, you can slowly ease back into a regular routine.

    One thing I will recommend is that if you can, try to take daily walks if it's not uncomfortable. Walking is wonderful cardiovascular exercise. Don't forget that we have members who lost 100+ pounds just by walking and watching what they ate.

    So, don't worry !

    Have a great day !




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  • AMANDALEE1107
    That place is so cool! I couldn't even imagine training for the Olympics. I'd love a personal Dietician though! :)
    3450 days ago
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