Athlete Journal: Holley Mangold, Entry 8 – Life at the OTC

Holley continues to scurry between Columbus, the Olympic Training Center, fundraisers, and work, but stopped for a moment to marvel at meeting Michael Phelps.


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Holley’s Athlete Journal 8:

Another exhausting week! I keep trying to have relaxing weekends and it never seems to work out that way. This past weekend we had a fundraiser Friday night at CrossFit OKM, then immediately following we drove to North Carolina to teach a USAW Level 1 Certification course. I’m not very good at being crammed in a car for hours on end, but I survived and had a lot of fun as soon as we got there.

We rented out a beautiful southern home for the weekend. It had an awesome wrap-around porch that was fun to hang out on. The NC group was really fun. The event was hosted by CrossFit Vitality, but it had a mix of CrossFit and strength and conditioning coaches. Here’s a video on YouTube that gives a better taste of what we do at CrossFit courses:

After our trip to North Carolina, I had to make a quick turn around to travel to the Olympic Training Center (OTC). The altitude and the time difference always messes with me for the first few days. I love being out in Colorado, though. As I’ve said before, it feels so great to be in such a prestigious facility and just hanging out with all of my old friends. It’s an athlete’s dream place. Its hard work and I don’t get to wind down with my roomies playing Mario Cart, but it’s all worth it. They work me so hard, but I also get the luxury of recovery rooms and cold tubs that I don’t really have access to in Columbus. The prepared meals at the OTC are another wonderful perk to being there!

So far, one of the most notable things that has happened while training is running into Michael Phelps in the cafeteria. One of the most bizarre things about seeing him is knowing that he and I are on an Olympic team together competing for the USA. I think that we’re all in the same boat out there. Working our butts off trying to make our country proud.

In all honesty I’m wiped out from training two-a-days and really can’t think well being so tired. I’ll try to have a better, more detailed account of what I’m up to in Colorado when I return to Columbus and can focus on my thoughts. We’re pretty much just machines out here without time to think!