June 30, 2012
EUGENE, Ore. - With a slew of current and former Hoya athletes competing at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in track & field at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., www.GUHoyas.com will be profiling a number of athletes throughout the 10-day event. Today's profile is on 2007 graduate Andrew Bumbalough, a seven-time All-American on the Hilltop. This interview was conducted on Wednesday, June 27 prior to his men's 5,000-meter finals on Thursday.
Appearance at Olympic Trials: Second
School: College (Undergraduate); Continuing Studies (Graduate)
Graduated: 2009 (Undergraduate); 2010 (Graduate)
Major: Government (Undergraduate); Sports Management (Graduate)
Get as much sleep as I can. The bigger the event, the harder it is to sleep the night before. Obviously with a situation like this where there are rounds before you want to feel as good as you can when you come back for the next race - so, a massage and ice bath will be part of the routine. Then a race like this when there's a round before, just taking care of your legs with whatever treatment you need to and be sure that your legs are ready for the race the next day. Then the night before just get a get a good meal and wake up and try to relax before it's time to start getting ready - mentally - to compete that night. I try not to think about the race too much until I have to.
On the difference between the 2008 and the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials ...
In 2008, I was a junior and it was a situation where I competed during the entire collegiate season - I ran cross country, indoor and outdoor season. So, when collegiate athletes do well at USAs, it's really impressive because it's a really long season. I think I was a little tired by the time I got here last time. Not only that, I was also pretty young. It was a situation where I was looking to gain as much as I could and trying to compete as hard as I could but also realizing I was young and it was the end of a really long collegiate season. Whereas this year, I've been training professionally now for almost two years, putting everything in to running - it's different than college when I obviously had to worry about school and now I can focus 100 percent on running. Last year I PR'd from my collegiate times by 14 seconds.
On how Georgetown prepared him for a professional career ...
Georgetown was really a good collegiate experience. I feel like it was the total college experience. It was exactly what I was looking for. Coach Henner taught me a lot of little things in terms of how to approach the sport and mental tools that you can use to see things the right way. Georgetown was in the BIG EAST Conference and it was pretty good competition - especially in the middle distances. I feel like I gained a lot of experience and knowledge about the sport and certainly got faster as well.
On preparing for the finals ...
In a Trials situation, everyone is trying to get into the top three, especially those who already have the A standard. If you have the standard, you're at an advantage to not have to worry about how fast the race is and you can see how the race is going to unfold. There are three favorites on paper (Bernard Lagat, Lopez Lomong, Galen Rupp) who have all run sub-13 or around 13 - but I think if I put myself in position to run right there with them and if put together a poised race like I did in the prelims, I think I'll be right there to have a chance to qualify. I'm trying to not make it all or nothing but I'm trying to get as much as I can out of this situation. Those guys are going to do what they're going to do but I have to run my best possible race to have a chance to make the team but I think if I do, I will be in contention.
DAY 7 / THURSDAY ON THE TRACK
4:23 p.m. PT / 7:23 p.m. ET: Women's 1,500m Finals (Maggie Infeld, Treniere (Clement) Moser)
Sunday, July 1: 7-8 p.m. ET/PT (NBC)