Head Strength & Conditioning Coach University of California Riverside
2007 Games Results
Hopper WOD: 4th
Clean & Jerk: 346.5lbs
200m Sprint: 22.61s
Long Jump: 22'4"
110 High Hurdles: 14.48
Competitive background: I played football and ran track in both high school and college. My senior year of high school football I rushed for 1,355 yds and accomplished my goal of scoring at least 1 touchdown in each game. In track my senior year I finished 8th at the state championships in Ohio's largest division in the high hurdles.
In college my football career only lasted 2 seasons (10games total) due to 2 knee surgeries and an ankle surgery. I did however have a solid track career winning 5 conference championships (3 in the high hurdles, 2 in the 4x100m relay) and by our relay team placing 3rd in the division 3 national championships in 1995 I was a division 3 track & field all-American. My best marks were 14.48 in the 110m high hurdles, 41.4? in the 4x100m relay, 22'4" in the long jump, and 22.61 in the 200m. Nothing special but solid D3 times.
About 4 years or so after college I began competing in weightlifting and have competed in 3 national championships placing as high as ninth place in the 85k class if I remember right. My best lifts are 122.5k in the sn and 157.5k in the clean and jerk. Again nothing special.
My biggest competitions by far were the state championships for track at Ohio State university my senior year (running on the same track as Jessie Owens was a thrill for me) and my two division 3 national championship meets in college. I poured my heart and soul into track and football (never made it to the big championship/playoff game). The weightlifting national championships while prestigious never carried the same weight for me because weightlifting is more like just a hobby of mine. I simply have not invested as much physically or emotionally into weightlifting so the pay off is much less.
How am I preparing for the games? Nothing special really. My weakly schedule looks like this...
Monday: agility drills followed by either 30yd sprints with a sled or sprints on the track up to 300m... everything is with full recovery... no fatigue
Tuesday: about 45 min of O-lift training focusing on snatches and sn asst movements a few sets of light C&J. After this I do a wt room based Crossfit (no running)
Wed: Sprints: 40yds up to 150m again with full recovery
Thursday: 45min of O-lifting focused on C&J along with heavy squats. I follow this with a running based Crossfit
Friday: rest day
Saturday: heavy o-lift day sn, C&J, squat... I usually follow this up with either 3x10 L-chins or 1x40 regular chins
Basically I enjoy sprinting & O-lifting so it makes up the bulk of my training. I'm ignoring training for the distance run because I felt like doing that last year really wore me down and I couldn't have run any worse than what I did anyways. As far as being mentally prepared... mostly I'm just visualizing my self being successful...also thinking of any and all possible wods and how I would attack them. The toughest part for me will be convincing myself to compete on the run... I have no interest in running over 200m competitively.