Ever wonder what it’s like to be training for a spot on the 2012 Olympic team? From waking up at 6:15 in the morning to taking her dog out for a walk, Pan American Record Holder & FINIS athlete Lara Jackson, shares with us a typical training day.
6:15am: Wake up for morning practice. I make a mug of coffee and headed to the pool at 6:40am
7:00am: I’m in the water no later than 7am for a 2 hour swim practice
9:30am: Go home and cook breakfast, which is usually: eggs, toast, yogurt & more COFFEE! After I eat, I take my dog Sasha for a quick walk to the park around the corner.
10:00-10:30am: Head to the stable to see my horse Calypso; I ride her or let her out.
11:00-2:00pm: I head home and make lunch which is usually some salad and a sandwich. I like either a tuna melt or ham and cheese. I sit back and relax for whatever remaining time I have until I head back to the pool at 2 for my second workout of the day.
2:00-4:30pm: I go to the pool and do about 30 minutes of dry land and then swim for 2 hours. Twice a week after practice I go boxing at my gym for an hour from 5:30-6:30 at night.
6:00pm: I go home and cook an entree. I’ve been getting into cooking different things, so it’s whatever recipe I’ve decided on. It could be a meat like chicken with rice or a vegetable. But I like to explore recipes with lots of fresh produce and non processed meats.
8:00pm: I finish off my day walking Sasha again around 8 and stay in for the night after that, getting ready to do it again in the morning.
Lara does a great job balancing her training with her time away from the pool. It is evident that Lara is ready for 2012 and is preparing to do something spectacular. To keep current on Lara Jackson and her quest to the Olympics, make sure to follow FINIS on Twitter & Facebook.