Well, I've been easing in to my training load by increasing my hours week by week (next week I'll be up to normal fall training-- which is between 16-30 hours per week). We're able to get on the water now, so I'll be paddling 3-4 times per week from now on. I've also started swimming a few times per week, lifting 4 times a week, yoga at least twice per week, and a lot more biking than I've done in the past. On top of that, I am taking 5 classes at University of California- San Diego this semester, so I have plenty of work to keep me occupied when I'm not out training.
My college career, if you were curious, is a bit unorthodox. Unfortunately, kayaking is not yet a collegiate sport, so most of us have had to choose between school and paddling. I'm a sophomore, credit-wise, and for the past 3 years I've been going to college intermittently. When I get all my ducks in a row, I would like to study music.
It's often frustrating to be on the "8 year undergrad" plan (as my teammates and I fondly refer to our educational journeys) especially since those with whom I graduated high school are graduating from college this summer. (WOAH.) However, I'm the one who has made kayaking a priority, knowing that I would never be satisfied unless I knew I gave Olympic gold my best shot!