Another week has gone by at our training camp in San Diego, and it has been a good one. Each day goes something like this:
Sleep, eat quietly, train, words from coach, eat with more conversation, joke around on the way to session #2, train, joke around less because some of us are “hangry”, the kitchen dance with 5 calorie-deprived people trying to make something to eat, chill, visit, critique each other’s swim videos, nap, drag our asses to session #3, train, roll out our legs, eat, sit around the living room, all trying to do stuff on 5 separate computers, annoyed the router cuts out every 5 min, sleep.
The Squad at the lovely Poway Community Pool
This may sound like the life, but the days are full, we’re working hard, and I am ready to hit the sack at 8 pm. For which I get teased, but it’s all about performance boys!! Anyhoo, roomates are definitely good for new TTTT material, even if our schedule is bad for remembering which day of the week it is. So without further ado, here are this weeks Ten Terrific Things:
1) Hill repeats at lake Poway. This workout has been a staple of our Sand Diego Camp: 15 min WU, 5-7 x steep hill repeats on 2 min, 15 min hard run – keeping hill sprint form, 5-7 x steep hill repeats on 2 min, 15 min run. It’s a great session, we have a perfect hill at the lake, and dog walkers to either cheer or get annoyed at us for being all scary and running fast.
Ahhhhh (opera voice) – nice light on the way to heaven a.k.a hill repeats
You can see the trail in line with the right buoy, but it continues further up – that’s the repeat section.
View from the bench where the repeats end
Plenty of trail options
2) David McColm. I was going to write David McColm Photography (www.davidmccolm.com), but in addition to being an incredibly talented photographer, he is pretty terrific in his own right. We were lucky enough to hang out with this Whistler-based wonder at Volcanoes National Park, and our new webpage (to be revealed soon!) features some of the amazing shots he took. Here is the man himself, and a few of his photos…
3) Business Time. Most people seem to have seen this video, but it’s worth watching again. Two minutes in heaven is better than one minute in heaven… We’ve also been enjoying random singing of “Team Building Exercise Night Tonight!!” on van trips to training venues.
4) This Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) image of a the larva of a bluebottle fly (Protophormia sp.), also known as a maggot. Clearly the creators of Star Wars has access to scanning electron microscopes, because the Sand People look a lot like this. Anyway, maggots, though totally gross are kinda cool. As you can see, they have tiny teeth like fangs extending from their mouths and sterilized versions of these bad boys are used to clean wounds. They feed on the dead tissue, leaving healthy living tissue untouched, and their saliva contain anti-bacterial chemicals. Yes a maggot science primer, just what you always wanted!
Maggot – very magnified
Sand Person. Cross with Jabba the Hutt and bingo!!
5) Skiing. I love skiing (telemark is my thing, though I’ve downhill skied since I was 5) and it is one thing that I really miss as a triathlete. I know that they are not mutually exclusive, but I’d hate to have a season ruined by some stupid injury from a ski crash (because, of course, it’s no fun to just do weeny blue runs!). Anyway, this video satisfies my ski-lust, and the picture below it makes me laugh because I was always worried about that as a kid. My worst t-bar experience was when I was spring skiing in Fernie BC, and I just had farmer john snow-pants on over a turtleneck. I was goofing around, got the bar hooked on my snow-pant strap and got dragged up the hill on my face.
6) Earth as art. It’s definitely worth checking out this PDF, and the interesting descriptions of the amazing formations seen from NASA satellites: (http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/703154main_earth_art-ebook.pdf) Here are some examples:
Carnegie Lake – Australia
Von Karman vortices – South Pacific Ocean
Grand Bahama Bank – Atlantic Ocean
7) Gravity light. Uses the energy generated by resisting the fall of a heavy bag to generate light. This is a very cool idea as a way to replace kerosene lamps in much of the developing world. Check out the website here: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/282006
8) This “cat friend vs. dog friend video”. Captures the pretty steriotypical versions of both (especially the aloof, mean-ish cat) but I got a good laugh out of it!
9) My Click Elite shoulder bag. I love this bag (see above photo with David). It is perfect for day-tripping, travelling, or just wearing around like a purse (but purse is a horrible word, so it’s awesome that it’s a BAG). Lots of good pockets, a padded zippered area for camera gear or a small lap top. Check the website out here: http://www.clikelite.com/
10) My Triathlon Squad mates and coach Paulo. Great to have a solid group of people to train, obsess over swim technique, and occasionally go out to dinner with. Camp 1 of 2013 has been terrific. One more week to go…