It has been a delightful few months since I last posted an update! First and foremost, I am excited to share my recent and upcoming adventures in the 400m hurdles. … Continue reading Hello again, 400mH
Have you ever had a plan that didn’t pan out? Ever nurture an idea that just didn’t come to fruition? Ever work on skills in training sessions only to have … Continue reading The Value of Unseen Progress
Our training group of Ashton, Brianne, Damian, and I had a rest day this past Sunday, so, along with our physiotherapist Wilbour, we traveled up and over the mountains into … Continue reading Training Camp 2013 – A trip to Solvang
Santa Barbara, California.
Sun. Ocean. Mountains. Winding roads. Infinity pool.
This is going to be a phenomenal training camp.
We made our way up the Santa Ynez Mountain side late last night, carefully manoeuvring the dark, steep hairpin turns and eventually arriving at our beautiful home for the next month overlooking the city of Santa Barbara. With a mountain facing bedroom curiosity won over fatigue and I stumbled outside into a breathtaking setting.
The house, pool deck, and gardens are simply gorgeous. Grape fruit, orange, and avocado trees can be found on the lower part of the property and are heavy with delicious fruit hanging on solid branches just waiting for me to climb.
After a relaxing morning we headed to the track for a light workout to get the legs moving again. The beautiful facility inspired everyone to get moving, and Gar and Dennis lifted a few weights while Damian and I warmed up.
I can’t wait to really get moving, especially after following the results of the CIS and NCAA championships that just took place this weekend. Congrats to all the athletes, near and far!
I am so freakin in love with this sport.
A few things happen when we venture from home.
Firstly, whether we are having the time of our lives or we feel completely out of place, eventually home beckons. We miss our usual routines, our spot on the couch, the scene outside our window. We wonder how the changing seasons have since painted the sights and smells of our neighborhood, with brush strokes that are too subtle to notice in day to day life.
Another inevitability with leaving home is that we’re never the same people when we return, assuming our journey is temporary, of course. While away we see and do things that change what we think about and, in extreme cases, the actual way we think – our attitude and outlook on the world.
I’ve returned home after this latest training camp with several new technical cues and concepts to focus on. But I think more importantly I’ve gained a more mature attitude as an athlete. As we do something for an extended period of time we get complacent and may end up doing things simply for the sake of doing them. We lose sight of the purpose of warm up exercises and running drills, and may check out mentally until we consider the real workout to have started. But I’ve been reminded that everything I do at practice must be with the aim of learning something or actively reinforcing key skills. If I am not learning, then it is using time and energy that could be more wisely invested elsewhere.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, but a great journey begins before that, with a commitment to being great.
If we approach everything we do with the intent to learn new things and reinforce good habits, we shall become masters of our trades before long. Be great!
A week of family hilarity and low intensity workouts does an athlete good! Feeling rested and raring to go. Ready or not training camp, here I come!