A few weeks ago the entire short track oval program road-tripped down to Penticton BC for an off ice (mostly on bike) training camp. Training camps are usually very difficult but also fun and a good chance for team bonding (or at least growing closer through shared pain). I was not terribly excited for this camp simply because I am not the biggest fan of cycling (more on that here) but I was doing my best to be optimistic.
One of our first training sessions was a weights session at Beach City Crossfit; a gym that opened right onto the beach to an incredible view.
|just dramatically lifting weights at the beach|
We did a lot running, imitations and most of all cycling for ten days and two training sessions a day. Some of the bikes were good, some weren't but for the most part the experience was a positive one, I got to spend some good time with old and newer teammates, have a bit of fun, and work hard. There's something very fulfilling and rewarding about finishing a hard training block or camp especially when it feels like it's going to be impossible to complete somewhere in the middle.
|a bike that went so well I took a picture, unheard of!|
|fire by the beach to celebrate completing the camp with the team|