Like us on Facebook to be eligible for prizes with the next issue of Forward!
Memorial Day Weekend Training Camp
with the Fast Forward Triathlon Pro Development Team
Presented by: Inside Out Sports
There was some great training, some great learning and some great swag handed out. However, the most valuable result of the whole weekend was more than just training and learning, it was the friendships and relationships that were formed and/or renewed. There is a lot more to a team than simply wearing the same uniform and this weekend solidified that intangible aspect of the FFT Pro Development Team.
“With similar lifestyles and goals, there was an instant sense of community. Not to mention it takes a certain amount of crazy to do what we do, so there was rarely a dull moment along the way.” – “Moose” Warren
LACTATE THRESHOLD TESTING – FRIDAY
Athletes began trickling in Friday morning at Inside-Out Sports for their scheduled Lactate testing and bike fitting. IOS is a wealth of tools, equipment, staff and know how to assist with testing and bike fitting. Lactate testing is critical to accurately determine an athlete’s lactate threshold, heart rate and power and from there determine training zones and power. This ensures that athlete’s are working at the appropriate intensity to maximize their training time and fitness benefits. It was quite a scene at Inside-Out Sports where there were two athlete’s at a time hammering away on a CompuTrainer while patron’s looked on with amazement. After all it’s not everyday that world class athletes push themselves to the breaking point in the middle of a triathlon store.
“The LT Test was a great way of saying “welcome to camp!” my first morning. Pushing max watts, I was dripping with sweat, no matter how hard the fan was blowing in my face.”
Cid Cardoso Jr. is the owner of Inside-Out Sports and has been fitting cyclists and triathlete’s for over 20 years. His experience and a little help from the mechanics in the shop is going to make for some big improvements in bike splits this year.
“With some help from Alex, Eric, and Cid, I was able to become much tighter and compact in my aero position. I feel mean and powerful riding the nose of Cervelo. Add in some Zipp wheels and an aero helmet and I know I’ll be hitting my fastest bike splits this summer.”
Later that afternoon FFT staff and some athlete’s learned about, filmed and performed some plyometric activities at the athletic lab.
That evening there was a team dinner at Coach Alex’s house and then an early bedtime in anticipation of a busy weekend.
LACTATE THRESHOLD TESTING PART II – Saturday
Bright and early Coach Alex and Eric performed two more lactate threshold tests on athlete’s who were not able to get in until late on Friday night.
Then the team embarked on a hard 3hr ride with the “P-Ride” thru the hills of Orange County, NC. A fast paced group ride was a tough pill directly after a lactate threshold and max test, but the team rose to the occasion and had a great workout.
Back at InsideOut Sports that afternoon the team had a little down time while owner Cid Cardoso Jr. (quite an accomplished FFT athlete himself) worked with the coaches on refining a few more bike fits.
In addition some more team swag was handed out, including TYR wetsuits and swim skins, TYR Race uniforms (complete with each athlete’s name on the back), Fuel Belts, water bottles, First Endurance Visors, warm up suits, polo ect. ect.
TEAM MEETING & DINNER
Then the team gathered for a discussion about privileges, commitments and responsibilities of being an FFT Pro Development Team member. After the meeting wrapped up, there was time for a nap and then dinner at Sushi Love. Ask Morgan about how the “MoMo” roll got it’s name.
TEMPO RUN – Sunday
Early Sunday morning a hard tempo run around the Finely golf course loop in beautiful Chapel Hill, NC set the tone for the day. It had rained pretty hard the night before and in an effort to make it to the night soft brial trails we had to wade thru a river! But the importance of doing hard tempo intervals on a forgiving surface was well worth it.
RECOVERY SWIM AND STOKE MECHANICS
After lunch the team went for a relaxed recovery swim where swimming mechanics and technique were emphasized, as well as copious amounts of swimming video to help each athlete refine and improve their efficiency and mechanics.
Some headshots, and a little clowning around after the swim and then it was back to Coach Eric’s house for a team BBQ with local FFT friends, and family.
BIKE PHOTO SHOOT – Monday
First thing was a bike photo shoot with some great early morning light, where Coach Alex spending a lot of the timing hanging out of the back of a car to get just the right shot.
After a long weekend camp wrapped up with a group recovery ride around Jordan Lake which also happened to be Coach Alex’s first ride outside since his bike accident.
There was also quite a bit of education that occurred over the weekend. In both formal and casual settings the physiology and FFT training methods and philosophies were discussed. With medical degrees, and almost 20 years of professional level racing and coaching between them Eric and Alex provided valuable insight to all the athletes.
TRAINING CAMP TAKE-AWAYS
Getting together and training, as a team, was hugely important to not only get to know each team member as a person, but also as an athlete. There is no substitute or remote equivalent of a lactate threshold test, bike fit or, as a coach, watching your athlete in action. The fundamentals of what it means to be a member of the FFT Pro Development Team cannot always be expressed in words, but rather thru example, leadership and a whole lot of fun!
Want to Learn More?