Just over a week ago I returned home from an eight day adventure at the Olympic Training Center (OTC) in Colorado Springs. The camp was a great experience for me, and I am very fortunate to have been chosen among twelve other athletes to learn what it takes to reach the top of USA Triathlon. Most of the sessions were focused around skill building, including swim form taping, bike paceline work, bike handling skills, running form, and transition skills. There were also various meetings to help prepare us for what we will face in our futures as professional triathletes (e.g. USADA drug testing, ITU points list, etc.). The OTC’s campus had some top notch facilities and the best food from an all-you-can-eat buffet I have ever had (sorry NAU, the Dub has nothing on the OTC cafeteria).
While I got some good training in while I was there, the real benefit of this camp was the relationships I created and the knowledge I gained. As I said there were twelve other athletes there, each of us coming from similar NCAA athletic backgrounds and looking to turn pro in our new sport. It was great to meet so many like-minded individuals that I will be competing alongside and against in the coming months and years. In addition to the athletes, there were several legendary coaches (and former athletes) giving us the best advice money can buy — and we didn’t have to pay for a dime!
Since returning home, Coach Ian has really put me to work. I logged 21 hours of fairly high intensity training last week. I was exhausted all week, with the unofficial nap count ending at five! I took rest and recovery seriously and was able to make each session quality. I have since taken a couple easy days before I head into another tough five-seven day training block. Only 18 more days until Age Group Nationals and there is lots of work to be done!
No promises of coming blog posts. I hope that I can get a few more up before Nationals, but I will be honest: if I have to choose between blogging and taking a nap, nap will win every time. It’s a sad truth, but living like a professional athlete is hard work.