Thursday, August 7, 2008

Training Simmers Down as Competition Approaches

As the Olympics near, Carrie and her teammates are tapering down their training. The team is alternating between two and three practices a day. They are doing the same types of workouts, but at about half the volume. Their volume will continue to drop as they get closer to the races.

Despite the hectic schedule, Carrie is hanging out with the other kayakers at the hotel between practices. After morning practice the team beats the heat by watching movies, reading or going on facebook.

During their half days they try to do something fun. So far the team has gone to a mineral spa and a Buddhist temple garden.

This morning they went to Natadera, a Buddhist temple and nature park. Carrie said they didn’t stay long, but “it was nice to get out of the hotel for a little, walk around and get to see some of Japan.”

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