Are you curious about what goes down during triathlon camp? Back in May our awesome Rising Tide athletes in Washington, D.C., came together for an action packed four days of training. We did it all - explored the city, swam, biked, and ran our hearts out in the muggy DC heat. By the time it came for my flight to leave I was ready to sleep the whole way home to Colorado!
Triathlon camp is an opportunity for our athletes to come together with me (or other coach[s]) to have focused training sessions. But what else happens is magical. We learn from each other. Better friendships are built. And memories are made. So check out the photos from below to see what our DC athletes were up to Memorial Day weekend!
Friday, May 27
Our DC athletes came together Friday night to meet, make delicious homemade pizzas, and go over the weekend schedule and training plans. It was wonderful finally meeting so many RTTC athletes in person and we talked about how to properly fuel for the intense training in the days to come so everyone could make it to the finish line healthy and happy!
Saturday, May 28
By 7:30 AM we were out on the roads getting a long ride in before the heat of the day. Saturday turned out to be sweltering and hydration was absolutely KEY for maintaining performance throughout the rest of the day. Our athletes went anywhere between 40-100 miles this morning and boy was it a beautiful ride! Cycling in the city can be intimidating, but DC is certainly a unique city. Once we left Georgetown (and its many stoplights) behind, we rolled into some of the neighborhoods and it no longer felt like we were in the District. We may have been in the Nation's Capitol, but with all the parks and tree-lined streets you could have fooled me!
After our long ride we had a few spare moments to gather ourselves before heading down to Haines Point for a run/swim. By this point in the day we were really feeling the heat, and while Haines Point is right along the Potomac River there wasn't much shade to be found. These girls are amazing though and they gutted out a 3-6 mile run before hopping into the pool. I won't lie - that water felt GREAT!
Later (after a wonderfully delicious dinner) we decided to give Escape the Room DC a try. This was pure adventure and I love how our group of ladies worked together seamlessly and without much direction. It was fun to watch the different problem solving skills come to the surface. Also, we are pretty darn competitive. We had one hour to work together and think fast so we could find the key and unlock our room. So I gave my girls no other option than to band together and win!
I'm happy to report we were able to get out of the room in 41 minutes and 37 seconds. We escaped! When we found that key, the screams almost knocked the roof off. haha!
Sunday, May 29
Sunday was our big swim day. Early in the morning we set out for Reston, VA, to participate in the Jim McDonnell Open Water Swim. It was another hot and muggy morning but it didn't matter because our athletes did AWESOME swimming between one and two miles. This was a fantastic swim race, put on by a great organization.
After such a big Saturday, we took the rest of Sunday easy for some much needed R&R.
Monday, May 30
A sad day because it was my last in DC! But despite my impeding departure, we managed to have a fun-filled morning full of sight-seeing and running. We met at the Washington Monument and for the next few hours ran from monument to monument so I could really take in the history of our Nation's Capitol. We took the selfie stick with us, can you tell?
So there you have it! Triathlon camp is a time to come together to grow stronger and inspire one another. It's a time to become closer as friends and teammates and our DC RTTC family certainly did so! I had such an amazing time in DC and can't wait to see what these athletes do with the rest of their season this year.
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