This weekend, as part of the TriFest weekend at TriSports.com, Team Trisports had a training camp. This camp was not the intense camp like the Accelerate3 camp a few weeks ago and had a little more social aspect blended in. Of the 29 sponsored athletes, 25 converged from all parts of the U.S. …Arizona, Pennsylvania, Missouri, New Mexico and California are a few that I remember. The weather was fantastic…clear, mid 80’s and devoid of the winds we had earlier in the week.
This day was our check in day. We met up with our sponsor coordinator Jaclyn to pick up our new team kits. The new fit and design were awesome. I then hit the trails for a 50 minute run on the Morning Wren, Yetman, and Hidden Canyon trails in Starr Pass. I had also gotten in a 2 hour bike ride earlier in the morning.
The team was up early meeting at TriSports for the 7:00 roll out for the Mt. Lemmon ride. This ride was open to all so we were joined by 150+ others. The ride from TriSports to the base of the climb was an hour of “no drop” pace to keep everyone together. From the base it wasa free for all… everyone was welcome to pick their own pace and climb up as far as they wanted. The group stopped at the base to strip off excess clothing since the climb was long and the desert sun was warming things up. As the group got rolling I was caught towards the rear. I worked my way forward to find that the group had already split and the faster guys were already up the road. I made an attempt to bridge up to the group but made little progress. So, I settled in in no-mans land between the two main groups and set my own pace. I slowly picked off a few riders as they dropped from the main group. We were given support by the Sram Race Support vehicle and I saw several with flat tires keeping those guys busy. At mile 11ish we were greeted by the smiling faces of the TriSports staff with there big ‘ol truck sagging…the cold water was welcomed as there is very limited water on the mountain. I filled my bottle and soldiered on until I reached my planned turn around point at mile 18. Did I mention the weather was great! The descent was a 40mph romp to the bottom. Then I returned to the start point at TriSports. A great lunch awaited the team members. Yummy.
After a few hours of relaxing the team them met at the Tucson JCC for a swim workout. After a short warmup we threw down a 100, 200, 300, and 400. That was followed by 4 fun 8 minute sets. The first one was heads up swimming. Next was several differant sculling drills. That was folowed by a game of catch…teams of 2-3 would start off in the center of the pool in opposite dirrections…you circle swam until one team caught the other…repeat until time was up. The last one was tug of war…2 swimmers teathered together with strech cords swim all out in opposite directions until one reaches the wall. After that we had to pick our fastest swimmer to do a get-out swim. If she completed a 100 in 1:00 minute we got to get out…if not we got to swim more. Fortunately she hit the wall in an awesome :59. After a shower and a little rest the team then met again at TriSports for a catered dinner (yummy again), introductions, some TriSports history and a tour of the facility which is quite impressive.
Another early day as the team met at TriSports for a mystery workout (we had packed a bag and turned it in the previous night for this event). We departed on our bikes at 6:30 and rode to the designated mystery workout location…the JW Marriott resort in Starr Pass. The resort graciously opened their doors to us for a “mini race” with a few twists. This race doubled as a photo shoot for the team and our new uniforms. The race was a blast. We started in time trial fashion…one off every 20 seconds. The start was a blast down the resorts water slide into the “lazy river” pool. We then swam a little over 2 loops in the lazy river against the current (to make it a bit harder). At a few spots there were water fountains that disrupted your breathing! After exiting the “river” we mounted our bikes, exited the resort grounds and rode 2 loops through Starr Pass. The loop consisted of non stop rolling climbs. One final hill back to the resort “transission” area and we were off of our bikes, slipping into our run gear and off for a run through the Hidden Canyon trail. The first half is a long climb before the downhill 2nd half. The whole trail is rocky and technical. Upon exiting the trail I missed a course arrow and led a few others to a premature finish, cutting off about a 1 mile loop around the resort. OOOPs…good thing this was just for fun! After the race we jumped on our bikes and took a “leasurely” ride over Gates Pass before returning to TriSports. Upon our return TriFest was in full swing. The parking lot was full of tents filled with vendors for the expo. We were also treated to taco’s…again, yummy! A little down time to get rested and cleaned up was followed by the TriSports VIP party. Another fun filled ending…food, band, beverages, poker and great people!
Thanks to Jaclyn, Sarah, Seton, Debbie and all the others that assisted in putting this all together! It was a great weekend.
Here are pics from the Team Presentation “Race”.
Here are pics from the TriFest Mt Lemmon ride.
(Pics curtousy of Tom Demerly)
Day 4 of camp is now complete.
Started off the day waking to an inch of snow…in Tucson’s valley!
Threw on the cold run gear and headed to the Yetman trail for an hour 40 minute run. My legs were feeling the fatigue from the weeks activities. The hills felt WAY bigger than normal. I dropped off the pace of the rest of the group and finished off the run at a slightly reduced pace.
I then took a short rest then it was time for a short ride. The ride was an easy spin of an hour 20 minutes through Starr Pass. 15 minutes from finishing and it began to sleet. Strangely I smiled through it…must of been the fatigue…and the knowledge that some well deserved rest was just around the corner.
A few days of couch surfing and easy recovery workouts are on deck!
Started day three with a 2 hour 50 minute ride that included ascending 14 miles of Mt. Lemmon. We were lucky to beat the wind that is accompanying an incoming storm.
A 1 hour tempo run followed that…just in case our legs weren’t tired enough.
We then hit the pool for a 50 minute swim workout that in my case ended with some painful leg cramping.
The incoming storm should make our final camp day interesting. Weather calls for cold, wind, rain and SNOW….in Tucson!
To make up for all the suffering, coach Brian grilled us up some awesome steaks with sauteed onions and mushrooms! Yummy.
Coach Brian manning the grill and the happy campers!
Survived day 2 of camp…yea!
Started the day off in the pool…3400 meters! It is a little humbling to look across the lanes and see how effortless others can make swimming fast look. Of course the other lanes were fool of Olympians, future Olympians, Ironman champs and World champions.
After drying off and consuming calories we mounted our bikes for a nice little ride that included an ascent and descent of Kitt Peak…12 miles and 4000 ft elevation change! Throw in a little wind just to keep it interesting.
Polished the day off with an “easy” 40 minute run.
Day 3 starts bright and early tomorrow…time to sleep!
First day of camp is history. 1.25 hour run with Vo2 intervals followed by 1.25 hours in the pool (3600 meters). After a quick lunch we jumped on our bikes for a 3.75 hour ride that included 2 times up Gates Pass, a 3 mile 12-13 percent grade, that saps the little energy I had left in my legs. My legs are pretty much tanked. This is going to be a long week! Now it’s time to recover for tomorrows “fun”.
To be continued…
Tomorrow morning I start the 4 day Accelerate3 athlete training camp. 4 days of mega-mileage fun on the bike, in the pool and running the trails of Tucson. The weatherman says good weather…until Sunday when the temps drop and the rain moves in.
Tucson Mountains, Mount Lemmon and Kitt Peak will all be conquered!