This past weekend was our annual Team Psycho Training weekend. It entails 3 days of pounding one another along with character building but not without the rewards of a sweet and constant flow of Harpoon Ale, our main sponsor. Convenient, no? Forget the Recovery Pumps, we've got beer and good beer at that.
This year our training fest was held in New London New Hampshire at Colby Sawyer College. They loved having us and the feeling was mutual. Surprisingly, Colby has a very nice pool (being a pool snob from MIT) and they opened it up just for us to use. We stayed right on campus taking up one entire residence hall. We hired the catering/ kitchen staff to feed us and honestly, it was impressive. Every meal was fantastic and you just couldn't complain an ounce about the variety and overall quality. For the last day of camp here's what we had for our farewell lunch after a long ride/run brick
To order-Burgers, hot dogs and Veggie burgers hot off the grill
BBQ chicken on the bone
Corn on cob
Fresh tomato and mozzarella and basil sliced salad
Vegetarian Caesar salad
Chipotle corn bread
For dessert- baked Alaska
As you can see, we did not starve. We did however, have to endure rain and plenty of
it. Two of the 3 days we arrived back at the dorms from riding completely drenched and spent from the hilly terrain. Lucky for us, we had plenty of hot water, heat and use of washers/dryers to get everything clean and dry just to repeat the same sequence over. Ride. Rinse. Repeat. I have to add, that the "house boys" on my particular floor- Olympic hopefuls, Jarrod Shoemaker and Ethan Brown had laundry duty. What more could a girl ask?
Oh well... EPIC my team mates say in regards to the weekend. I had to laugh though because on day one( Friday) we started out IN THE RAIN and if I were home, no freeking way would I be going out to ride in the rain yet there I was ready to roll not complaining one bit. We were there to train and I wanted my 3 days of cumulative fatigue felt by Sunday on my drive home to make sure I got my "training to train" fill.
All but a memory now, I'm the owner of a solid block of training toward my ** TGP 2011 Phantom Racing Agenda** (lol). Remember the title up there... Training to Train.
4 days later and I'm JUST coming around to becoming un-sloth like from all the fun. I felt under-trained for training weekend and each and every wheel I could LATCH on to during the rides, you can bet your lily white bum I did my girl power BEST to stay fully latched and even then there were times when I was gritting my teeth trying to stay in contact with the group I was clinging to dear life to. Often at times ( ok many times) when the pace felt torrid, I fantasized someone would pull up to me, maybe an ambulance with a nice cozy cot to pick me up and drive me back to the cold bubbly Harpoon I.P.A. just sitting there waiting for consumption followed by a nap in my dorm room. Ahhhhhhhh.
I would be lying if i said I don't have any racing plans for 2011 but I like to keep you all guessing. Besides it will be more like a ** participation year**training to train, sans injury, mojo search and rescue.
I like training to train well. Just maybe it will reap a reward, however small.