There's no way to explain how our campers feel on day 1 of Trimarni camp. Excitement, nerves, anticipation, joy, fears......just like race day, there are a lot of unknowns and a lot to look forward to so Karel and I enjoy keeping our athletes super busy on the first day of camp.
Day 1 started at 7:15am at the Swamp Rabbit Lodge (where our campers were staying). We had four extra guests for Thursday - Kelly and Meghan Fillnow and Dana and Kelly (local triathletes) as well as our 10 campers.
Karel and I spoke to the group on Wednesday evening, preparing everyone for the planned ride over Callahan Mountain which included a SAG stop at Hotel Domestique. Several of our campers did not have a lot of experience climbing/descending so day 1 was all about skills. Although we like to load our athletes with volume at our endurance focused camps, fitness can only take an athlete so far on race day. Without proper skills, it's hard to put all that good training to good use on race day.
Around 7:30am we were off and the rolling hills were calling as we headed toward the mountains.
Karel and I split up the group so that we each had an opportunity to ride with our campers with a lot of one-on-one time. Since Karel and I know our roads, we were able to call out when our campers needed to shift from big to small ring and we spent a lot of time talking about how to anticipate climbs. In our terrain, we change our gears a lot. We can easily go through all gears in small and big ring in less than 10 minutes so there is no better place than Greenville to work on cycling skills.
See...I'm not the only one who has trouble riding and not taking a picture. It's so beautiful in Greenville!! Thanks Elizabeth for all your great riding pics!
We had a mixed level of fitness abilities but all of our athletes were training for a half or full ironman distance triathlon so everyone was in great shape.
We were so impressed with our athletes when they climbed and descended Callahan Mountain. We only had one mechanical during our ride when Adam experienced a broke spoke (which made for an even more difficult ride home) but everyone rode smart and safely.
Kelly just got a RETUL fit by Karel on Wed (day before camp) so it was great for Karel to be able to ride with her a little on day 1 of camp. Trimarni camper Taryn also got a RETUL fit on Wed and Trimarni athlete Justine got a refit.
We took a group pic, Karel and I swapped groups and then we were off again!
When we returned back to the lodge, it was nearing the mid 90's and it was hot! But that didn't stop Karel from making a shot of coffee before our run. Karel is healing from a small tendon tear in his right foot that happened 5 weeks ago so he was not doing very much running at camp. But there's no stopping Karel when it comes to staying active and focusing on what you can do pain free (swimming, biking, strength and power walking).
It was great to have professional triathlete Kelly Fillnow be part of our camp as she is not only a super fast triathlete and runner but a very sweet person who can connect to athletes on all fitness levels.
I required all my campers to carry nutrition with them during ALL runs so everyone had handhelds or hydration belts for our runs. We had our SAG support at the Furman track so that we could refill bottles and keep ourselves cool with ice.
Kelly took us through her favorite dynamic warm-up exercises which was great to learn a few new moves since Karel and I are huge proponents of dynamic warm-ups before training/races.
After our 3.5 hour ride which included 3000+ feet of climbing, we were all in need of some hip mobility work.
I asked all of our campers to wear their hydration belts during the run so that they could get comfortable pacing and running at higher intensities with their belts.
It was great to have Meghan out on the course running super fast and Kelly on the sidelines, keeping us motivated and sharing run form tips with us. We just loved having them be part of our camp on day !
Yippe - the morning workout is done!!! I think everyone thanked their body for surviving the hard workout and heat on day 1 of camp!
We gave our campers an hour and a half to clean-up, eat and relax and then we had an hour for Q&A with Kelly. It was great to have her answer questions from our campers about training and racing as a pro, hearing about some of her bad races and what she learned from them as well as learning about what she does to keep her calm on race day morning.
Her biggest takeaway was that as a pro, she doesn't train more but instead, she rests more.
The lodge was just perfect for our session with Kelly...although I think some of the campers were struggling to stay awake!
Because it's not everyday that my athletes and campers can work one-on-one with a sport RD, I had everyone figure out their own fluid, electrolyte and carbohydrate needs before workouts and after workouts. I am finding many athletes are underfueling and underhydrating before/after workouts and with 3 more days of camp, I did not want my campers to struggle with something that is within their control.
Since Karel is married to his sport RD, he didn't have to take notes but instead, he could cuddle with Campy...who was not impressed with the 5 doggies in the house.
I think our campers enjoyed being non weight bearing and in the cool water....although we didn't take it easy on them for their workout.
8 x 100's paddles at 80% w/ 20 sec rest
4 x 300's
#2-3: 100 smooth, 50 strong x 2 (sighting 5 times for every 50 meters on the strong)
#4 200 strong, 100 EZ - sighting 5 times every 50 meters on the strong.
It's hard to give up or give excuses if 9 of your fellow campers are still giving best efforts and your mind is telling you to quit.
Our campers enjoyed a delicious pasta dinner (prepared by Elizabeth and Taylor) at their lodge whereas Karel and I headed back to our house to finalize things for day 2 of camp.
Around 8pm, I went over to the lodge to talk about our big ride on day 2 of camp and by 9pm, Campy let me know that he was so over Trimarni camp and he was ready for some sleep.