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March – Peaking for Patagonia

5 April 2011 2 Comments

After a solid start in January and sorting things out in February, I started to reach a peak in March.  The Endurance Corner camp started at the end of February and Max and I got to spend some quality time on the road out to Scottsdale again to see Trevor and start our fatigue early before we got to Arizona for the camp.

My running was better than ever at this point and the camp was built around cycling so I started to fill in the consistency in riding that I was lacking in the previous to months.  This was the first time all year I started getting steady rides in again on the bike but the camp was not without some high intensity sprints either.  I managed my max watts (just over 1,100) to get one the many of Chris McDonald’s prems (an attempt to get some campers to overreach and destroy themselves?) and had some lifetime best power numbers around 20-60min. The week after the camp I did a baseline test with 14 miles at the track, swim TT’s and some 20min power numbers on the bike that all proved I was moving to my own sharp end of the fitness scale.  Besides throwing up in the pool at camp, I was swimming good but swimming hard.  Even with the hard efforts in the pool I never felt the fatigue on the rides after and the extra intensity from the camp did not feel like it was taking it out of me…Everything started to feel a bit easy.  I was peaking and it was just in time.

I will always remember March for the EC camp and the lifetime dream come true of racing in Patagonia with my hero Paul and coming from behind to win.  I needed every gram of fitness and mental toughness going onto that race and it fell into place better than I could have ever dream it would.  I was stressed at work trying to get projects done between trips and taking unpaid time off but the madness of March could not have a price placed on it.  What motivates me?  What crushes my dream?  Pushing myself among FRIENDS outside in God’s creation, chasing adventure, learning from the process along the way and believing that when the time comes you can do so much more than what the process alone has lead you to begin.  For me, winning a race is icing on the cake.  If I go it alone, if I cheat the process or myself along the way, if I cannot enjoy the work then I have lost.  March was a HUGE win for me in all these areas and created some honorable memories with some of my favorite people.

Aside from the fitness we put down at camp, Max and I were putting away the calories at championship status consumption.  I will spare you the pictures but believe me it sugar unfortunately worked its way in by the time we were heading home and we made some girls scouts very happy when we unloaded on some cookie boxes. The camp dynamic is always an interesting experience and I would encourage you to give it a go and get out of your comfort zone on all levels and share the experience.

here is a video from one of our fun runs

Of course, we knew what we were really there for in the summer sun!  Get the bronze on!  Here are some pictures from the camp.

Getting on with the bronze!

Mt. Lemon

Loving Life

FUN!

running with the boys

Here is a video where Jeff Boyle (Dr. J) explains some details on strengthening your shoulders with some tips from Gordo and Max on swimming.

That was about it for March.  The peak fitness ending up getting spent on 45 hours of racing in 4 days.  I wrapped up my projects and shipped off with Paul to race on an island in Southern Chille and spent the rest of the month recovering from that race.  Here is the race reports from the Tantauco Exploration Race

http://slaterfletcher.com/2011/03/ter-report-days-1-2-the-adventure.html

http://slaterfletcher.com/2011/04/ter-report-days-3-4-the-negative-split.html

2 Comments »

  • Evan Worts said:

    Great post, really enjoyed the last video with Gordo and Jeff talking. I’m currently under going physio for a shoulder issue, the video went over and reinforced exactly what my physio has me doing in the gym. Gordo’s bit has helped me apply it to swimming, great stuff!

  • Krystyna said:

    http://slaterfletcher.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/tcamp141.png

    Two guys on the ride look like they have cacti growing out of their helmets!!

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