Training for Gold: A typical day for Nick Poloniato, Bobsleigh Pilot, Canadian National Bobsleigh Team.
Here’s a Press Release that was posted near the end of the summer. If you've ever wondered what the average day looks like for me, the article below will give you some behind the scenes insight into my training days.
Hamilton born and raised Nick Poloniato, a St. Jean de Brebeuf high school football standout, is back at the Canadian Sport Institute (CSI) training facility in Calgary, Alberta where top Canadian athletes train in their respective sports preparing for the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Before he left for Calgary this summer, Nick was giving his training knowledge and experience back to young athletes by helping them get better through their summer training in his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario.
Being an Olympic bobsledder requires strength and speed. The athlete must burst off the starting line with great force to achieve speeds topping 125 km/h. It takes less than 50 seconds for an Olympic Gold contender to complete a run at the PyeongChang Bobsleigh Track in South Korea, with the win depending on maximum speed from the initial push.
Bobsledding is a physically demanding sport, athletes must train year-round to maintain lower body strength and endurance. To get a better appreciation for what a world class bobsleigh athlete goes through to prepare, here is a look at Nicks training schedule over a few months during his pre-season in Calgary:
7:30 a.m. – Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – Mindfulness Training (Meditation 10-15 mins)
9:00 a.m. – Depart to Canadian Sport Institute
9:30 a.m. – Make sure Sled is set up for push training
10:00 a.m. – Warm Up
10:45 a.m. – Sprint Training (consists of straight line acceleration and top speed sprint training)
12:00 p.m. – Push training in Ice House Facility (2-man and 4-man combo pushing)
1:15 p.m. – Lunch
2:00 p.m. – Weight Training Session (either heavy or dynamic weight lifting and plyometrics)
4:00 p.m. – Post Workout Nutrition, Stretching, Recovery Cold Tubs and Sauna
5:00 p.m. – Depart Training Center and head home for dinner and rest
When Nick takes a break from the rigorous sprint and push training he spends time in meetings with his pilot coaches reviewing different bobsleigh tracks from around the world and watching and analyzing video from his and his competitors’ previous runs. In the limited down time that he has, Nick manages to relax by taking in some fly-fishing or hiking in the mountains to refresh his mind and enjoy the outdoors, one of his favourite pastimes.
The next time you watch Olympic bobsledders speeding down the course competing for gold you will have a better appreciation for what kind of work these athletes put in during the offseason to prepare for the grind of the on-ice season. Stay tuned for more about Nick's adventures as he edges closer to the season, we will give you an inside sneak peek at what it looks like during a race day.