One Athlete's Mind
Last Wednesday, Nov. 2, the team and I packed our things and headed to Lutsen, Minnesota for our final training camp of the year. The team heads down to the Caribou highlands condos every year around this time for a training camp, so for the returning athletes, this was nothing new. But for myself, I got to experience some new training venues which is always a nice change of pace. The location of our condos was the perfect place for a 4 day training camp like this, as there is nothing nearby aside from other condos. This meant no distractions, leaving us able to focus all of our time and energy on preparing and recovering from each workout. Being in Lutsen, I also got to see just how big Lake Superior really is, IT'S HUGE! If someone would have told me I was on the coast staring out at an ocean, I almost would have believed them.
This camp had a big intensity focus, but still had a high training volume, so it was definitely one of the harder training weeks I've had in a while. With the race season only a month away, this was my chance to make some final improvements in my fitness, and also to try out some new pre, during and post race strategies. I managed to make some very helpful technique breakthroughs early in the camp, and was then able to apply them to the intensity workouts and was quite pleased with the outcome. I've also been playing around with my warm up before races, and I think I'm finally getting that dialed in too.
I arrived back in T-bay on Sunday night, completely exhausted, but feeling quite satisfied with how the camp had gone. This week we've toned down the training a bit to recover from Lutsen, though you couldn't tell watching our intensity session this morning, phew. This Saturday we have our team's biggest fundraiser event of the year, NordicFest, and after that it's just a mere 17 days training and ski prepping before we leave for Silver Star!!!! (I'm pretty excited :)). BRING ON THE SNOW!!
Until next time,
Keep up that snow dance!
Jordan Cascagnette, Student-Athlete, Ski Coach