Last week was quite the week! It was our national push championships and training camp in Calgary -- and marked the beginning of the process to make the 2014 Olympic bobsled team.
For most of my potential Olympic teammates, the first step to Sochi is to make the 2014 U.S. World Cup team, but I've been preselected to that team based on my results from last season. So for me, the week was about testing where I was in my training, while for others it was about making a statement to earn a spot on that team.
I trained hard this summer, and was hoping to see the results in my performance. I did worse than I expected in my combine (dry-land testing that including running and lifting), and was a little discouraged. I was forced to remind myself that the goal is to be as fast and as strong as possible in February at the Olympics, and I have to keep working in order to get there.
The week ended on a positive note, though, as I won my sixth consecutive push championship, and posted strong combos with every brakeman during the doubles competition. (The drivers like me are routinely paired with different brakemen to see which combination is the fastest.) Even though I'm not where I want to be yet, I am still pushing well and know that I've got much more time to improve.
And that's what was important about last week, with six months to go until the Olympics. It was an opportunity to see where I'm at and also to see where I need to go. It's going to be an intense time, but as long as I continue to work hard and trust the plan laid out by my coaches, I know I'll be where I want to be in February 2014.
Here's a behind-the-scenes look at what the week was like. Sochi, here we come!
Drug testing in Canada after only a few days! They'll find you wherever you are.
Family mealtime in the house we rented: There were six bobsledders in one house!
Bobsled spikes I had created for the upcoming season. They sure do stand out, which is just what I wanted.
Some of the girls warming up for the lifting portion of the combine.
The crammed car ride back from a long day of combine testing. We got everyone in there!
Emily Azevedo, who was first to go, at push testing for brakemen.
Nic and I enjoying some sushi on a rare carb day that doubled as a date night.
From left: Me, Lauryn Williams, Jazmine Fenlator and Lolo Jones after push championships were over. We could finally relax.