Chasing Gold: The Olympic Experience
Aug. 3, 2012
It's the latest Olympic blog entry from Bob Alejo, who shares his unique behind-the-scenes perspective, as he serves as the strength and conditioning coach for beach volleyball contenders, Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers, in their efforts to win a second gold medal.
Thursday, August 2
Match three in pool play ended victoriously as we beat the Czechs 21-13, 21-15. 3-0 in pool play has us winning our pool and holding our No. 2 seed. We will play the Italians tomorrow night at 6 p.m.
We played our best match of the pool play tonight. Todd and Phil’s entire game was on. Even though a loss (2-1) would still give us good positioning in the tournament, winning going into the tournament is a positive in my mind. And, the fact that we played well is a good thing. And, by playing well, I don’t necessarily mean the score, but execution and decision making was way better tonight.
Not thrilled that we play with no day off, but six other teams will as well. But from an elite perspective, for sure the two days off after today will be perfect as we head to the medal rounds!!
Tonight’s training was the first night of almost exclusively speed training - quick and light Olympic lifts and high speed rubber-tubing movements. With the tubing we will simulate the basic exercises (bench press, lat pulldowns, bicep curls, etc.), but I will have the guys perform them as fast as they can. We will stick with this routine for the remainder of the Games.
Friday, August 3
Woke a few times during the night and when I finally got out of bed this morning it became real - now the Games begin! From here on out is all knock-out rounds, loser goes home. The strong teams made it out of pool play. The Brazilians and the other U.S. team are on the other side of the bracket. So, it’s possible to have an all U.S. final. Not unlike the Sweet 16 our basketball team went to, no easy matches from here on out. I know the anxiousness will increase as the day goes on (we will leave at 4 p.m. today; no early practice) so I will get on the train and head over to Oakley for a bit and then to the Proctor and Gamble house to occupy my time.
Still deciding on our training schedule. Definitely no training after the match tonight. Playing back-to-back will be tough and two days off following tonight gives us two options - train tomorrow or wait to train after the match on Monday. My decision will be based on what I see tonight. I am thinking ahead towards the championship and nothing else. Think and plan for less than that and your dream might come true. No room for second-tier thoughts.