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  • OTC Collegiate Recruitment Camp Video

    Posted on September 29th, 2012

    Last year I was invited to an 8-day camp at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs as part of the Collegiate Recruitment Program. 2004 Olympian and CRP coordinator Barb Lindquist led the camp, teaching us the ins and outs of the ITU professional triathlon circuit.

    Since this is a primarily a skills camp, athletes are not invited to return the following year. The idea is that you graduate from the camp and should now be implementing what you learned in real-life race situations, as I am doing in my first professional season.

    For this year’s camp, USA Triathlon made a video narrated by Barb of all the activities they did. While I am not in this video, I thought it was worth sharing as it shows the same venues we used and similar exercises.

    2012 USAT Collegiate Recruitment Camp

    Thanks for sharing this link Chris Baird.

  • Family weekend at sea level

    Posted on October 5th, 2011

    On Friday I went home for some family action. My Great Uncle Niller had flown all the way in from Copenhagen, Denmark, which doesn’t happen very often. I spent the majority of the weekend at my aunt’s beautiful home in Northridge with my cousins, brother, sister, mom, dad, sister-in-law, Farfar (father’s father in Danish)…

    Those that know me well know that I’m a family guy. I love it in Flagstaff, but I do miss my family a lot while I’m here. I’m lucky enough to have my own travel agent (mom) that gets me home once or twice a semester. Guess who is the favorite child?

    Another perk to going home is sea level! I took this opportunity to do a little swim marker to see where I am at. USA Triathlon has a swim test that they use to evaluate potential Collegiate Recruits: 200 all out, 1 minute rest, 800 all out. Last year I did the test several times, putting up my best time in July. On that occasion I swam 2:13 and 10:10 for short course yards. At the time I was ecstatic with the result, especially the 200. I had rested up for the test and it was my last hard swim before turning my focus 100% on the cross country season.

    Swimming has been going very well up here in Flagstaff. I hit 30,000m in one week for the first time a couple of weeks in anticipation of my first ITU triathlon coming up. I didn’t taper at all for the test, but I knew with my new swim fitness and a little extra oxygen I was ready to swim a good time.

    Coach Ian did some filming of the swim. My form has improved, but I need to bring my arm underneath my body to really get the most out of my stroke.

    My triathlon coach Ian Murray met me at CLU and took me through a good warm up. I got myself pumped up and dove head first into the 200. I swam a 2:10, which was a little bittersweet because I thought I was ready to break 2:10. I tried to enjoy all the extra oxygen during that short one minute rest, and then set off on the 800. I hit 9:41 — a 29 second improvement!

    While the 200 wasn’t quite as fast as I was hoping, I surprised myself in the 800 and I can see that all the hours I am spending at the pool are paying off. I spoke with Barb Lindquist yesterday and we agreed that if I can keep this regimen up, I will be an entirely different swimmer come next Spring.

    My swim will really be put to the test this weekend at the Myrtle Beach ITU Continental Cup. Lots more to come before and after that race.