Lisa Blackburn is continuing preparing for her goal of competing at the London Olympic Games. Blackburn is currently in a High Altitude training camp at the US Olympic Training Centre in Colorado Springs. Blackburn is training with her US team, the T2 Aquatics Premier Racing Team.
Speaking to www.islandstats.com from Colorado, Blackburn said, “My first week of training at the US Olympic Training Centre in Colorado Springs is in the books!! We had a total of 13 swim practices at 2 hours each, along with 3 weight lifting sessions. All in our first 7 days!!! I have swum 60 km or more thus far! We have another week to go yet, but luckily we have the day off from training today so I am able to recover, relax and rejuvenate for the next week. I think I have gotten used to the altitude now, although I sometimes get winded after walking up a flight of stairs! We are at over 6000 feet above sea level.”
Blackburn continued, “The Olympic Centre is a gated community, small college-campus-style of place. The walk to the dining hall is less than 3 minutes away and then it is only another 2 minutes to the 10-lane long course meter pool. There are Olympic rings everywhere you go (even on the napkins) along with pictures of US Olympians and Olympic Medalists. I have never come across a more motivational training environment than this Training Centre. I love it here! This environment truly raises the bar as to what you should expect from yourself and what it really takes to become an Olympian.”
“As you enter the swimming pool building you have to walk down a long hallway that is lined with pictures of US swimmers in celebration after their Olympic win! It is so cool! They even have a state of the art video analysis system right on the pool deck,” continued Blackburn.
“My training has been improving steadily over the course of the camp and I am really looking forward to racing at the Austin Grand Prix on January 15th,” concluded Blackburn.