Category: Training Camp

Training Camp 2013 – It starts!

Santa Barbara, California.

Sun. Ocean. Mountains. Winding roads. Infinity pool.

This is going to be a phenomenal training camp.

The pool deck at night
The pool deck at night

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.

My morning view!
My morning view!

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.

So many grapefruits!
So many grapefruits!
Oranges
Oranges
Anyone know what kind of tree this is?
Anyone know what kind of tree this is?
Might have to move here...tree climbing season lasts all year!
Might have to move here…tree climbing season lasts all year!

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.

Gar and Dennis pump some iron.
Gar and Dennis pump some iron.
The track
Panorama of the track

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 commitment to being GREAT

Florida sunrise

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!