US Olympic Gold Medalist, Elsie Windes, will be with Jamba Juice at the Los Angeles expo.
US Olympic Gold Medalist, Elsie Windes, will be with Jamba Juice at the Los Angeles expo. Read on to learn from Elsie herself on how to achieve race day greatness.
US Water Polo Olympic Gold Medalist, Elsie Windes, will be attending the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon expo in Los Angeles on October 26th. We took a moment to catch up with her and learn about what it exactly takes, both mentally and physically, to reach her goals within the sport. For a chance to personally meet and chat with Elsie, stop by the Jamba Juice booth and grab a Jamba Energy on Saturday, October 26th from 9:30am-12:30pm.
What got you motivated on those mornings when you just didn’t want to get out of bed to train?
My teammates were my motivation when I was having a bad day. You look next to you and see your teammate putting everything on the line- that is how you find the inspiration you need.
After continued success and such a high level of recognition throughout your career, how did you keep yourself motivated?
I always had a dream of being an Olympic Gold Medalist and that drove me to keep pushing myself.
To you, personally, what was your biggest accomplishment throughout your entire water polo career?
Making my first Olympic team was a moment I will never forget. It was something I had always dreamt about, but standing at the top of the podium in 2012 with my teammates was a dream come true. We had worked so hard to get there and so many people paved the way for us and helped us along our journey. I must say that is the biggest accomplishment.
How do you keep the game fun at such a high level of play?
There were a lot of serious times but you have to keep it fun. Even when you are so tired and worn out, you still have to find the fun. Sometimes we would have Friday Fun-days and dress up for our weights workout.
What are your goals for the future and involvement with the sport?
I’m coaching a Splashball™ [a program for 5 to 9 year olds] team at the local JCC that I work out at. It is fun to be involved with the young kids and get them excited about the sport. At that age it really is all about the FUN!!
Training for a half marathon or marathon is difficult, but training to become an Olympic champion is a whole other ballgame. What did a typical training day look like for you?
Our typical day was something like this…
6:50am arrive at the pool
7-8:30am weight workout
8:30-10am swim training
10am-1pm Break- go home eat, take a nap, go back to the pool
1:30pm- 2pm chalk talk/video
2-4:30pm in the pool
Then go home and eat, sleep, and REPEAT!
Any tips on pre-race nutrition for our half and full marathoners? What worked best nutritionally for you the day before a big game?
The day before a game I would prefer to eat something filling but nothing that might upset my stomach. The day before a game I would try to eat mostly plain foods. Depending on when my game was.
Finally, after a great game or tournament, how would you reward yourself?
I would usually treat myself to a day of relaxation. That could mean a massage, day at the beach, or just a day of sitting on the couch- it really depended on what I thought I needed.