Arizona Triathlon Camp – Day 3

Wednesday, March 4 – Today campers took on the most EPIC bike day of the week…the assault of Mt Lemmon. This 30+ mile climb up Mt Lemmon features 8812 feet of vertical gain. The best part of this amazing day of climbing is the decent back down which features 30+ mph average the entire way with very little pedaling. The riders met at Safeway Supermarket which is next to McDonald’s which offers very nice pre-ride bathrooms. The scheduled start time was at 10:00am and the riders rolled out at 9:55am under beautiful sunshine and low 50’s temperatures. Temperatures at the 8000+ feet summit were a balmy 44 degrees.

Campers ready to take on the assault of Mt Lemmon

Coach Shannon explains the challenge of Mt Lemmon to Justin Sanker and Curt Haywood (who seems quite happy to hear of the difficulty that awaits them)

The view from about half way up Mt Lemmon

Another amazing view from Mt Lemmon taken by Nate Riggs

A photo capturing another person taking a photo from a frightening vantage point on Mt Lemmon

Dallas, TX native Catherine Paulson makes it to 7000 feet before heading back down

Nate Riggs stops to take a selfie just a couple miles into the climb…24 miles to go!

Justin Sanker enjoys a view from about a 1/3 of the way up on Mt Lemmon

Josh Wiseman’s bike at the snowline of Mt Lemmon (where are you Josh?)

Another bike selfie…this time it’s Nate Riggs bike near the summit

Kurt Molter and Klaus Grimm celebrate reaching the 8000′ mark of Mt Lemmon

Nate Riggs makes the summit at Ski Valley…8000+ feet of climbing in the books


Arizona Triathlon Camp – Day 2

Tuesday, March 3 – Another epic swim workout at Oro Valley Aquatic Center started off day 2 at the Arizona Triathlon Camp. Another Paula Findlay sighting and what looked like the entire Wattie Ink age group team (but not confirmed) killing in the pool when we arrived. Our main set today was 6 x 200, 6 x 150, and 6 x 100. Great workout! On to the bike for a 60+ mile urban ride in and around Dove Mountain.

Pre-ride photo before taking on the Dove Mountain 60 mile ride

Sadot Zuniga and Josh Wiseman at the base of the Old Ranch House tunnel

Jaret Johnson is all smiles after completing his transition run following the 60+ mile bike

Nate Riggs focused after completing his transition run…next up; recovery meal!

Coach Shannon, Curt Haywood, Kurt Molter and Nate Riggs enjoy an end of the day soak in the hot tub with the beautiful mountains in the background

Arizona Triathlon Camp – Day 1

Monday, March 2 – Campers we greeted with a beautiful sunrise on a crisp sunny day with temperatures hovering in the low 40’s as they departed from camp headquarters for the Oro Valley Aquatic Center for the first outdoor swim workout of the 2020 camp.

Campers get ready to head off for the start of the first day of training

Coach Kurek, Kurt Molter and Curt Haywood get ready to take the plunge

After a strong 4500 yards of intervals in the pool, campers switched over to their running gear and headed to the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area for a super challenging run on the Phoneline Trail. The professional triathlete sightings at the pool today were Eric Lagerstrom, Heather Jackson and Paula Findlay.
Swim workout completed, now on to Sabino Canyon for a long morning run
This run/hike took most campers nearly 2 hours to complete. 

The group ready to take on the Phoneline Trail

Campers are all smiles as they got ready to take on the Phoneline Trail

And…still smiling with one mile of challenging trail to go

Standing on a massive rock on the Phoneline Trail giving campers the opportunity for an incredible photoAn exhausting Day 1 ends with a huge meal at camp headquarters