Today my grandmother turns 100 years old.  Gladys Cockburn was born March 4th 1914.  What an amazing feat to live to be one hundred.

She was recognized by the Prime minister, the Governor General, and the Queen, which of course she was the most excited about.

Wow, 100 years!  All of the changes that have happened in the world since she was born.  It is incredible what she has witnessed in her lifetime.  What is more remarkable is the many lives she has touched in so many wonderful ways.  Her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren love her dearly and we have all been so blessed to have her in our lives for so many years.

She is known as Mother, Mom, Nanny or Nan to her 7 children, 16 grandchildren, and 29 great-grandchildren.  We were all able to celebrate this special day with her and share in the joy of reaching such a milestone.  Nanny is a special lady, a beautiful lady, a loving lady, with a great smile and quite the sense of humor.

God has blessed us and I am so grateful that my baby girl Émilie has met her great-grandmother.  It is extraordinary that there is one hundred years between them.  Just imagine what she will see in her life time if she lives to be one hundred.

Happy 100th Birthday Nanny and here’s to many more! Cheers!

 

I am excited to announce that my husband, Mathieu and I are expecting a baby in September.  We are so happy and overjoyed to start this new chapter of our lives.  I am so thrilled to finally be able to share the news with everyone.  To be honest it was starting to get pretty hard to hide this baby bump.

The best moment so far was seeing our baby on the ultrasound.  It was an amazing and emotional experience to see our baby for the first time.  It was incredible to see how much the baby was moving and doing little aerobics already.

Everyone believes we will have a super baby because both Mathieu and I are Olympic Medalists.  We may have an athlete on our hands but all we are hoping for is a healthy baby.  We can’t wait to share all of our love with this new little life.

Our families are extremely excited and I have been sharing this wonderful experience with my sister in law who is also expecting her first baby just two months before me.  We are so lucky that we have so much love and support from our families and our baby will have some incredible grandparents.

Pregnancy has been challenging so far.  I thought because I am an athlete that this would be easy.  I was wrong.  It is hard to function when you are sick all the time.  They shouldn’t call it morning sickness because it is there 24/7.  Now that I am in the second trimester I am feeling much better and can exercise more and eat a variety of food again.  Of course I cannot do the same level of exercise I was doing before but I am trying my best to stay fit.  I never thought I would say this but I miss the intense training.  I miss trampoline and I miss the feeling of flying through the air.  I am looking forward to jumping again.

Our baby is due to arrive on September 16th, 2013, which seems far away but really close at the same time.  We are looking forward to being parents but of course we are a little scared, as this is all new to us.  Mathieu and I have been on so many adventures.  We have traveled the world and shared the excitement of competing in two Olympic Games together.  But this is going to be our biggest adventure yet, and we can’t wait!

Today was podium training.  It was the first opportunity I had to jump in the North Greenwich Arena and on the competition trampolines.  Podium training is basically a run through of competition day.  From warm-up, to marching out, to being presented and most importantly to train on the competition equipment.  It was nice to have a “mock” competition to see what it is going to feel like.  Of course the stands are empty and it will feel much different when they are filled with 17000 people.

I felt great on the competition equipment.  It was a bit of a change from the trampoline we have been training on because they are brand new.  They will change a bit before we compete because the men will jump on the equipment tomorrow and break the trampolines in more.  So our one-touch warm up on competition day will be our only chance to feel out the trampolines.

Near the end of training I was jumping on the trampoline imagining what the room will be like on competition day and doing some mental training to prepare for my event.  I am excited to see the men’s trampoline competition tomorrow because we will really get to see what the atmosphere will be like and get used to the live commentary of the event.

I am so pumped for Jason and can’t wait to cheer him on!

Tomorrow we will have a light training in the morning at Greenwich Academy, our training location and then return to the village for an ice bath and relax before we head over to watch Jason compete.  I will get a chance to finally see my husband and parents as they will be in the stands watching the men’s trampoline event.  I am looking forward to seeing them and feeling their love and support before I compete.  Knowing that they will be in the stands on my competition day, cheering me on, will be a huge support for me.

It has been 5 years since my husband Matt has watched a live trampoline competition (2007 World Championships in Quebec) so he is very excited.  He wasn’t in Beijing because of school so he hasn’t experienced an Olympic trampoline competition since he competed in Sydney and Athens.  I wonder what memories it will bring back for him and how he will feel.  I am so happy he is here to support me. I think back to when we competed at the Olympics together and it’s filled with great memories!

When I return to the village tomorrow night, I will have a good dinner, get some treatment from my therapist and get a good night’s sleep.

Then it’s competition day. GO CANADA GO!

 

Each day at the Olympics fills up quickly with things to do.  We basically have everything scheduled for the entire week leading up to our competition, from when we set our alarm in the morning to when we go to sleep.

Once we’re up, it’s shower, get ready and pack our bag for the day.  Then we walk to the dining hall for breakfast, then walk to the transportation hall to catch a scheduled bus to training that runs every 30 minutes (so you do not want to miss your bus). It’s about a 20 minute drive to our training location.  When we arrive, I use a foam roller and fit stick to loosen up my muscles and then get my feet and shins taped up for training by my therapist.

Then I do a 15 minute warm-up on the ground, then my training session on the trampoline.  We are in training groups with other countries and it’s motivating watching your competitors train alongside you.

After training, I do 20 minutes of stretching then ice my knees and shins.  This whole process takes about 4 hours. Then we catch a bus back to the village for lunch and strength training.  After that, we head back to the Canada residence for ice baths and an hour of treatment with our therapist, then back to the dining hall for dinner.

We spend the evening at the Canada residence. Every night there’s a short team celebration where we celebrate Team Canada’s performances from that day!  It’s motivating to see highlights of athletes competing in their events. Then it’s bedtime and the day starts again.

It’s great to be busy because it leaves little time to sit around and think too much of the upcoming competition.

When we do have a bit of free time at the residence, we find things to keep us busy.  Last night, we decorated our apartment with the artistic gymnasts to make it feel a bit more Canadian.   Our apartment now feels a lot more lively! We hung the amazing flag that we received on Canada Day in Milton.  Reading all the signatures and messages as we walk by is giving us motivation and support!

The opening ceremonies were amazing and it was an honour for Jason and I to be picked to march in the front row.  As I walked into the stadium it finally hit me that we’re here, the Games are starting and I’m about to compete in my 4th Olympic Games.

Resting on the grass

The highlight of the night was watching the lighting of the Olympic flame and marching around the stadium with Team Canada.

It’s not all glamorous though, considering we had to walk 4km there and back and stand from 8pm to 2am.  I taped up my legs and feet for support of my injuries and grabbed a seat on the ground when there were opportunities.  Of course, it’s all worth it to experience the opening ceremonies of the Olympics.

Since the ceremonies, I’ve been focusing on training and recovery.  I had a great training yesterday. I’m adjusting to the trampolines here nicely and my coach is helping me perfect my routines and track my flight times.

I took yesterday off to rest my body since  I’ve been having a lot of pain in my shins.  I have never had shin splints in my entire career, so of course they had to start last week.  It may just be an inflammation or it could be stress fractures from all of the training.

Right now I’m just trying to have good but short practices and lots of therapy and ice to take care of my body. My medical team is helping me stay on top of everything and making sure I’m ready for competition.  I have faced these challenges before: there is always curve balls thrown your way as you prepare for competition, so this is just something I will have to push through!

I went to watch the women’s artistic gymnastics yesterday. It was my first time in the venue and it was great to get an idea of what to expect the arena to feel like on my competition day. I was thrilled when Canadian women’s artistic gymnastics team qualified for the finals – go Canada go!

Now that I know what the arena is like, I will do some mental training to prepare myself and get acclimatised to the atmosphere in the arena.

 

All taped up and ready to jump!Dave at the training facility

Yesterday I arrived at the athlete village and went straight to lunch.  The main dining hall is huge, lots of different foods.  There is British/English, Mediterranean, Caribbean, African, Indian and Asian.  There is so much choice! But I stick to what’s most similar to what I eat at home and stay on the strict healthy diet I am used to.  After the competition there will be plenty of time to try all the different selections of food.

I enjoyed seeing all the athletes from different countries in the dining hall. You get to see so many different body types, from the tiny gymnasts to super tall basketball players. My team mates and I had fun playing the game “guess their sport”.

After lunch we had an orientation session with one of the Canadian athlete service officers.  We learned information about the village and all of the things we have access to in our team Canada building – athletes lounge, medical center, fitness center, nutritionist, etc.

Next it was time for outfitting.  We received all of our Canadian Olympic team clothing and found out what we’re going to be wearing for opening ceremonies!  We tried everything on, exchanged sizes and the tailor shortened all of our pants.  We got so many clothes! (I definitely over packed.)

After returning to the village I unpacked and relaxed in my room with my roomie Rosie and got some much needed sleep!

Unfortunately this morning we could not sleep in.  We were up at 6:30am and headed out in the rain to the dining hall for breakfast.  It was so nice and hot here yesterday I was wondering what all the fuss about the weather was about.  We caught our bus at 8:00 am to Greenwich Academy for training.

There were 4 trampolines to choose from in the training center, all brand new, so they’re pretty tight and hard on the body.  It will take a day or two to get used to the trampolines and become comfortable with our routines.

Ice Baths. Also the view from my bedroom.

After a few hours of training we headed back to the village for lunch, an ice bath and some much needed therapy from my osteopath Steven King. I am looking forward to a quick nap before we have to get ready for dinner and opening ceremonies.  It is going to be a late night but I am so excited to march in with team Canada this evening.