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A day in the life with Vincent Zhou

A day in the life with Vincent Zhou

What does figure skater Vincent Zhou eat throughout a typical training day?

I wake up at 7:30 a.m. each day to ensure I have enough rest and enough time to eat breakfast. A typical day of eating involves a large breakfast with eggs, carbohydrates (such as a torta roll), and some type of meat (maybe some plain popcorn chicken), along with a glass of milk and a bowl of fruit (like grapes!). I also take vitamin supplements in the mornings.

I get to the rink one hour before my first on ice training session. In total, I train around two and a half hours on ice each day, and I typically spend an hour training off the ice.

First, I skate a short warm-up session from 10 a.m. to about 10:20 a.m. Then, I rest a little and allow my body some recovery time before warming up again and skating from 11 to 11:45 a.m.

I have my lunch break until 1:15 p.m. Lunch between training sessions is usually from Panera, Chipotle, or take out from a local Asian restaurant. Sometimes, if time is short, I will get fast food. Fortunately, I don't seem to gain weight very easily. One option to eat might be a BBQ chicken flatbread sandwich, baked potato soup and a water.

Then I get back on the ice for 45 minutes. I usually have an afternoon snack of yogurt and fruit before my last training session, which is from 3:05 to 3:50 p.m.

On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, I work out for an hour after skating, and on Tuesdays and Thursdays I go to physical therapy.

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After working out or going to PT, I head back home for schoolwork and dinner. My dinner is fairly large and consists of simple dishes my mom makes—usually some type of rice or noodles, some type of meat (like a steak), and vegetables (sometimes tomatoes and cheese, or cucumber salad), occasionally with eggs, cooked in her own home style. I also have a glass of milk at dinner because strong bones are important! I have a habit of saving my favorite things to eat for last. For example, my mom cooks seafood soup for me and I save all the scallops for last. But then, I often end up being too full to eat them! My mom and I share a good laugh afterwards every time.

At night, while doing schoolwork, I have another bowl of fruit and some other source of calcium, either Gogurts or smoothies. If I’m treating myself, I’ll a frozen yogurt from the local Yogurtland or iTopIt.

I like to sleep eight to nine hours each night, so I head to bed at around 10:30 p.m. each night.

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