January 2016 at the OTC

When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love ...  - Marcus Aurelius This morning was an especially quiet and serene sunrise over the lake as a thick, unfamiliar fog settled in. My standard routine is to hustle into the boathouse to organize …

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What NOT to Eat: Guilty Pleasures of the National Team

As elite athletes, the women at the Princeton Training Center naturally have a certain level of “healthy” in their diets. The training regime we put ourselves through day in and day out demands that we eat our dark greens, colorful veggies and fruits, plenty of carbs and protein, and the “right” kind of fats. When …

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10 Things to Remember for the Experienced Traveling Athlete

“Your flight time will be approximately 6 hours, 3 minutes” relayed the United Flight Captain of the B-737 that took me from Newark, New Jersey to San Francisco, California. SFO was my layover. I am headed to the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA for a three week winter training camp. Six hours …

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The Journey Continues

Latest article for espnW: http://espn.go.com/espnw/athletes-life/7503070/rowing-rookie-meghan-oleary-makes-olympic-training-team ....It truly is about the journey, made up of the people you meet along the way, and the moments that dare to break you but only make you stronger. It's about the laughter and tears you share with new friends, and the days when you realize you can get more …

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Welcome to San Diego. Current temperature, 78 degrees.

Heavenly words to hear as I landed in my new home for the next three months. After a frustrating and tumultuous couple of days of travel, I finally found my way to Chula Vista, California (just outside and south of San Diego) to join the rest of my teammates for our winter training at the …

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Injury: The Athlete’s Hell

Athletes encounter many struggles during their continuing journey toward perfection; but the one demon who can extinguish those hopes and dreams of excellence, in the blink of an eye, is injury. Injury is a common part of training and especially training at an elite level. For those that have never sustained a significant injury, consider yourself lucky, but not …

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