Huddle and Roch are saving the big 'crusher' for Saturday morning!
Camping is in full swing!The Multisports.com Boulder camp is in full swing. Three days into it, everyone is feeling – yes – a little pro! It has been all training, eating and sleeping – with the odd lecture thrown in. A very diverse group, but all right up there on the keen scale. Most participants are scheduled to compete in one of the upcoming Ironman races – Lake Placid, Canada or Hawaii.
After a short get loosened up day on Wednesday – it was on to the ‘key’ workouts. Thursday saw everyone up bright and early for the key long bike ride and transition run. Despite all the scare efforts by John “Devil” Duke – about half the campers opted to do the mountain ride up to the Peak to Peak highway. This ride was led by Tim De Boom, with Heather towing the second group and Paul at the rear. The ride was a success for all with a number of people setting PR’s not just for distance, but for altitude climbed in one ride.
The other half of the camp- went to Carter Lake – a more rolling ride.This was led by Roch and John Duke, with myself and Rick taking the second group. Likewise – this was an excellent ride for all. I personally had one camper – Joe- who had basically taken up triathlon six weeks earlier. The transition run proved a little of a challenge, but what a huge PR it was for him. I told him to skip the sprint and Olympic distance, and go straight into at least half ironmans.
To keep the pro factor going – it was eat, nap, short lecture and then of course – the pool (and then eat again). Swimming at altitude most often proves to be the biggest challenge. A flip turn can seem like a full scale free dive. We were very happy that there was basically no cramping going on. I am sure that’s because Roch was being kind with the workout. He’s saving the big one for Saturday morning.
Friday morning, was a sleep in (if you call 7.00am sleep in). It was key run day. Load ‘em up – and off to the Switzerland trail it was for the long run. This run is a fabulously scenic trail run that is at an elevation of 8500-9000feet. So just when everyone is starting to settle in – SORRY! – even less oxygen. .Everyone had a choice to go out and back or run a 14 mile loop, with some extremely challenging hills. Once again is was great fun to see so many people get out of their ‘boundaries’ and do some challenging trail running. Tim was again, our lead man on the loop – dragging a few overzealous people out at a pace that…….well , we picked them up somewhere down the road, and they were very happy to run with the mere mortals again.
Back ‘down’ in Boulder it was eat and nap again, and by the afternoon, the pro factor was starting to wear. There was only about a 60% show rate for the optional afternoon bike spin. Lucky for those who showed up – there was a 2:1 , camper staff ratio for that workout. With an evening to get out and stroll downtown Boulder, I am betting we will see a line of multisports campers out the door, at the ice-cream store. It’s not over yet!