I had the pleasure of attending the Gatorade National Player of the Year Awards last month in Los Angeles.
Over the course of the next few weeks I'll be releasing my interviews with these athletes. Next up is Abby Wambach.
TAKKLE: So what do you remember from your earliest days as a Gatorade player of the year?
Abby: Thinking back to my high school days, I'm thinking if these athletes aren't thinking the same thing I did. When you win awards as young player, you wonder if you'll ever do it again, if someone will notice you again. That's always there. So when you're young you build those competitive feelings and emotions that let you step off that stage, and you wanna get back on that stage as fast as possible. Whether that's After I stepped off the podium winning my first gold medal in Spain, or after the second gold medal,winning awards or championships reinvigorates me and re-motivates me to do it again. These kids are in a really cool spot and I can't wait to see what happens for the rest of their careers.
TAKKLE: How cool was it give the award to Morgan [Andrews]?
Abby: Morgan is one of those players that engaged me the entire dinner. If I'm her age and I have Mia Hamm giving me an award at her age, I don't act the same way she acts, she impressed me beyond belief. She deserves the award, obviously, her being a soccer player makes it more special for me, I'm a little biased. It also means, impact fully, we're making a greater change from a national team perspective, in impacting these players to be bigger than the maybe they thought they could be themselves. That's what we're trying to do here, we're all trying to inspire people to live a better and have a happier life.
TAKKLE: So going back to your High School days, what are your fondest memories?
Abby: The relationships i created with my teammates. I really learned what it was like, and what it feels like to be on a solid chemistry working team. I believe in team dynamics, and you didn't always agree with your teammates, but you respected them and believed in them, even when they didn't believe in themselves.
Takkle: A lot of people deal with a tough loss differently, how do you personally deal with a tough loss? First thing that comes to mind is the loss in the World cup in 2011 and coming back in 2012 in the Olympics.
Abby: Yeah, I'm not a happy camp[er when we lose, the national team especially, I always try and turn it inward, and figure out what I can do better first, before I examine what happened and where things went wrong, or broke down. I always like to be conscious of what my role played was in losing. A lot of the times I'm not the reason why we lost, but I could've helped more on the winning end. Losing isn't fun.
TAKKLE: If you could give one piece of advice to any athlete looking to take that next step and increase their performance, whether it's on or off the field, what would it be?
Abby: I think mentally, you can have all the pictures on the walls you want of your idols, and you can literally follow them to a "T" nowadays with how much information we have, you can probably follow their nutrition plan, what kind of clothes they wear even. My advice would to be find your own way, it's the only way great players become great players, it's by having something unique. The earlier you can find out what that quality is, the better off they'll be.
Monday, September 9, 2013
Thursday, August 15, 2013
I had the pleasure of attending the Gatorade National Player of the Year Awards a few weeks ago in Los Angeles.
Over the course of the next week I'll be releasing my interviews with some of the top high school athletes and pro athletes. First up is San Diego Chargers QB, Philip Rivers.
Takkle: So, hows the the experience been thus far here at the Gatorade National Player of the Year awards?
Philip: It's been great experience, Gatorade is obviously is a first class organization. This is a one of a kind event. When you think about honoring high school athletes across the country. It includes off the field accomplishments, it really includes everything. It's about as prestigious as it comes. When you see the kind of numbers these high school athletes are putting up in their career that they've had it's quite amazing. And it's an honor to be around the professional athletes along with the high school athletes here at this event.
Takkle: What kind of words did you have for nominee, Max Browne?
Philip: I told him to have a plan, and he seems to have one. He seems to be mature beyond his years, ya know he graduated early from high school. I did the same thing 13 years ago. So I think that will help him feel comfortable going into his first fall season, whether he red-shirts, whether he plays, whatever happens. He definitely seems to be headed in the right direction.
Takkle: What are your fondest memories as a high school athlete?
Philip: Gosh I have so many, ya know it's funny because I didn't have an opportunity to tell Max, but, all of the levels I've played in. When I was in college playing at the shoe at Ohio State, playing at Florida State, in the pro's playing in the AFC Championship game. Some of my greatest memories are from playing in high school. I know for me it was playing for my dad, my dad was my high school coach, that's the one that stands out. Just playing for him and being his QB is special, and is still one of my favorite times on the football field.
Takkle: How hard is to balance school and sports. Especially high school into college?
Philip: I think it's different at every level. I think in college it's understanding that you have to pass to stay on the field . You have to do your school work in order to stay on the field. For me it helped to graduate early, and get that semester under my belt before I got on the field, and get to see how it all worked.
Takkle: If you had one piece of advice to a high school athlete to take it to the next level, what would you tell them?
Philip: Well first off you have to believe you can do it.
Secondly, all it takes is one school to like you, just like the pros, all it takes is one team to draft you, or pick you, or want you. There are so many schools that are great, and all it takes is one. You can be wanted by them all, but you can only play for one. And then I think just having a plan, believe in it, and stick with it.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Nutrition is such a vital part of an athlete's regimen. However, often times it's the first thing to get overlooked when training for that big moment.
When I spent a month under a nutrition and exercise plan the results after 6 weeks were amazing.
Gatorade has pushed the envelope even further with it's new G Series Energy Chews highlighting Cam Newton and Hope Solo in "Owning the First Move".
I can't think of a better way for a quick healthy carb boost before heading to the gym, than snacking away on an energy chew, because it can easily be stashed away in a bag or kept in your pocket for easy consumption.
Here's Cam talking about why "Owning the First Move", and stepping up his nutrition, is such a vital part in becoming a bigger threat to defenses in the NFL.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
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Thursday, June 16, 2011
- Lactate Threshold: Lactic acid is a by-product of anaerobic metabolism (as a result of high-intensity exercise), and high levels are thought to lead to fatigue. Knowing an athlete’s lactate threshold (the point at which lactate is produced faster than it is cleared) can help identify training “zones.” Additionally, the better trained the athlete the higher intensity he/she should be able to train at before reaching lactate threshold.
- Ryan swam four 400m at progressively faster paces. A blood sample (finger prick) was collected after each 400.
- Sport & Physiological Demands: Allows scientists to determine exercise intensity during Ryan's practice – coupling this data with the results of the Substrate Utilization testing will allow the scientists to extrapolate where his energy is coming from during training (i.e. carbohydrate stores vs. fat stores) as well as estimate his energy (caloric) expenditure.
- Ryan wore a GPS device in the pool – the scientist will be able to chart graphs from that data after the test
- Substrate (fuel) Utilization: This test is used to determine energy (caloric) expenditure, as well as determine the amount of energy used from carbohydrate fuel and fat fuel. Using the information collected from the “Sport Demands” testing we can estimate caloric expenditure and the source of the fuel during Ryan’s training in the pool.
- Ryan performed thirty (30) minutes of sub-maximal, intermittent exercise on a cycle ergometer (essentially, an exercise bike). During this time, Ryan breathed continuously into a mask used to collect his expired air.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Here are a few questions I had for Ryan about his testing experience with the GSSI.