March 20th, 7:30am - meet at the NTC track!
We reserved the track from 7:30-9am but the first 30 minutes were spent warming up. We find this extremely valuable for our athletes and we feel this is often a missing link in the average age-groupers training plan. With rushed schedules and never enough time for anything, strength training and a proper warm-up are typically put to the side in order to squeeze in every extra minute to add more mileage/distance to the workout.
We did our mobility warm-up, followed by 1 mile EZ jog and then 10 more minutes of dynamic warm-ups. All in an effort to help our campers warm-up the body to enable the body to perform better and to reduce risk for injury.
Since 19 of our 20 athletes are Trimarni coaching athletes, this would be the very first "speed" workout for all of our athletes. Although our athletes have been training with us since November, they have been diligently working on building their foundation and getting stronger before they go faster. Not to our surprise, everyone ran FAST and did just great on the track! We absolutely LOVE track workouts but it can be a recipe for injury, burnout and a suppressed immune system if the body is not healthy and strong to run fast.
Ready, set .....GO!
Thank you Clif Bar for keeping our athletes well-fueled throughout our camp!!
And thank you Run In, our local running store, for all your support for the Trimarni Team!
Do you always run with a sport drink? I highly recommend you do so in order to train your gut, to stay hydrated, to meet your electrolyte needs, to keep your immune system healthy and to help postpone fatigue and boost recovery.
Love my Trimarni girls!
My athletes make me work hard! Here I am pacing Trimarni athlete Kevin D who just turned 57! Super strong and FAST!
Time to cool down! Yay for keeping the easy stuff easy and the hard stuff hard.
Wrapping up our track session with some key pointers for our athletes.
Yay - all done for the morning workout sessions!
This was well-needed by everyone for although we want to overload our athletes with solid training stress, we never train at the expense of poor nutritional habits or inadequate sleep.
As coaches and athletes, we do not believe in junk miles. As age group athletes we have a lot on our plates and going through the motions just to tick away miles is rarely beneficial. We want quality sessions and to use our time, when we aren't training, wisely in order to make our training sessions count. Junk miles only break down an athlete and take up precious time for sleeping, eating and relaxing (and spending time with family/friends).
However, in the case of a training camp, we used this social spin as an active recovery ride for most of our campers. Knowing this was the 6th workout in 48 hours for our campers, this is new training stress for many of them and a social spin got our athletes on their bikes, outside and made them use their body even when they were tired and exhausted.
The best part about the ride was having our athletes work together. If one athlete was tired and the other athlete felt good, that good energy spread throughout the group.
Photo by Elizabeth
It's hard not to want to be outside, on two wheels, with views like this and GREAT company!
After the two groups regrouped back at the NTC, our campers cleaned up at the NTC and Karel and I headed back to our condo to get ready for our team Pizza dinner!
The vegetarian pizza selection.
Pizza was provided by us for our campers from Lil Anthony's Pizza (which was GREAT!) and based on the number of empty pizza boxes (we ordered 6 XL pizzas, 3 vegetarian options and 3 meat-lover options), I'm pretty sure our campers were extra hungry.
Campy was on his best behavior....especially around the meat eaters for any "accidental" topping droppings.
Thank you Sara with Sara Ran Away With The Spoon for sending us your delicious treats!
A HUGE thank you to the Trimarni sponsors for providing some AWESOME prizes for our campers. We resorted to the draw-names-out-of-a-hat option.
Thank you Oakley and Oakley Women for providing a pair of Half Jacket 2.0 shades for the male prize and the Commit SQ Breast Cancer edition shades (my fav!) for the female prize.
Thank you Veronica's Health Crunch for providing your NEW banana walnut cacao crunch, Xterra Wetsuits for the wetsuits and to Run In for the Body Glide, 2 Fuel Belts and 2 handheld flasks.
Rob, Wlad, Colleen and Tricia will be running well-hydrated with their new Fuel Belt hydration gear.