And then the off-season is all dedicated to that push start right at the beginning. There's no ice on the track, so you can't actually train for the driving aspect. So off season is dedicated to sprinting and lifting and pushing.
In the off season, when you're working on sprinting and lifting, what kinds of muscles are you building for skeleton?
It's focused on explosiveness, so we do a lots of squats, lots of power cleans and lots of sprinting. And we work a lot on positioning while we're sprinting. So for me, personally, when I'm not in Lake Placid, I film runs or lifts and I text them to my coach, and he'll critique them. It's very focused on the quads, butt and ... I think my traps [trapezius muscles] have gotten huge since I started doing skeleton. But I would say that it's a total body workout that's focused on explosiveness and speed.
What kind of diet do you follow?
In the off-season, I generally eat as much protein as I can and lots and lots of vegetables.
What's your favorite vegetable?
Spinach. That's weird – I don't think I've ever said that out loud. My parents had me watch "Popeye" when I was a little kid – that's probably why.
And what kinds of protein sources do you consume?
I'm not too picky about what kind of meat I eat. I really like red meat, so I eat a lot of that. And I eat tons of eggs. I probably eat four eggs a day – sometimes eight – it just depends.
When does your season officially start?
The first day we practice sliding on ice is next Wednesday.
Are you nervous?
Yeah, I am nervous. I'm always nervous.
What are you nervous about?
I'm nervous because I got a new sled, and just because it's the first day back. Last year, I was really nervous, especially for that first run down after the six months of off season. This year, I'm more excited. It's just when you go to the top of the track and look down that first corner, literally for the first month, I'm like, "What am I doing?"
But it's like riding a bike. You're a little bit rusty, but you sharpen up pretty quick.