The cost of our high school winter program has gone up from $150 to $250 this winter. This reflects the additional two months of training in March and April that will take place this year. Please remember that the official dates for the 2021 high school track and field season will be from May 3rd to June 26th. The state championship is currently scheduled for June 24th-26th.
Fees from camp will go towards compensating our staff during both the off-season and the official track & field season starting in May. The school district does not provide enough coaching stipends for us to compensate our entire staff. As a result, our winter and summer off-season conditioning programs serve as our main fundraisers throughout the year in order to pay our assistant coaches.
High School Registration for Off-Season Conditioning
- Link to Camp Registration
- Deadline to Register: Friday, January 15th to complete the registration form. Families needing additional time to turn payment in is not an issue.
- Cost for High School Camp:
- $250 for the entire 4 months.
- $375 for families with more than one child participating in our winter conditioning camp.
- Checks made out to the "MVHS XC Booster Club"
- Athletes taking part in conditioning who are also participating in another sport at Vista this winter should contact Coach Dalby. If you are competing in a winter sport during seasons B or C the cost of winter conditioning will be $150 for two months (January/February -or- March/April).
- Dates of Camp: January 1st-May 1st (4 months)
- Final Surge: Workouts for those participating in winter conditioning will be posted in Final Surge starting the week of January 18th. Athletes who are not registered will not have access to the team FS account.
Middle School Registration for Off-Season Conditioning
Middle School runners interested in joining us for the Middle School Winter Conditioning Camp, please read the letter below from Coach Karen Sprafke. Plan to meet on Mondays and Wednesdays whenever you can. Workouts will be posted in Final Surge for anyone who wants to train on their own.
- Letter from Coach Sprafke (link)
- Cost for Middle School Camp: $100
- Make checks out to the "MVHS XC Booster Club"
- Link to Registration
Off-Season Race Opportunities for HS and MS Athletes
There will be several opportunities over the next four months for athletes to compete. These meets will be for everyone on the team, and will provide plenty of competition.
- Teams Participating: Athletes from Vista Nation XC, Valor Track Academy, Real Training Track Club and Kokopelli Track Club will be in attendance.
- Who: Any High School or Middle School athlete participating in our winter conditioning club will have the opportunity to compete if you choose.
- Timing: Each meet will be professionally timed by a timing company. Results will be posted on Milesplit.
- Cost: Approximately $10 per athlete, per event to register.
- Tentative Schedule: Please be flexible w/ the dates. We may have to move them around a bit depending on the weather.
- Saturday, February 27th @ Niwot HS: 1600 meter race.
- Saturday, March 12th or 13th: TBD
- Saturday, March 27th @ Niwot HS: 800 and 3200 meter race (athletes choice).
- Saturday, April 24th @ Niwot HS: 1600 meter race and Distance Medley Relay.
- May 10th-15th: First week of the official CHSAA HS Race Season.
- Race Times: TBD, but usually during the warmest part of the day.
- Additional information will be made available for each competition as it becomes available.
Chandler Rotary Invitational
When: April 9th and 10th
Where: Chandler, Arizona
Eligibility: Only athletes that consistently take part in winter conditioning will be eligible for the Arizona trip. This includes daily practice after school and Saturday morning long runs during the off season. Additionally, athletes will need to participate in the winter track meets in February and March to be considered for the Chandler meet.
Events: 800, 1600, and 3200. No word on relays yet.
Entries: The coaching staff will be responsible for submitting entries into the meet. As of right now there is not a cap on the number of Vista Nation athletes that can participate. Athletes will have to pay a small fee to cover entry cost. Approximately $20 most likely.
Seeding: Performances from off-season races will be electronically timed and can be used for seeding purposes into the Chandler meet.
Travel: Families are responsible for making their own travel, hotel, and transportation arrangements for this meet. If flying, it is recommend that families book flights that are refundable in case the meet is canceled due to COVID concerns in Arizona later this spring.
Talk to Coach Dalby: If you are interested in competing in Arizona please talk to Coach Dalby first before making travel plans.
COVID: Please be flexible in your planning. As of right now this meet is happening, however, due to COVID concerns changes to the number of entries could be made at any time. Additionally, please be prepared for the meet to be canceled if COVID numbers are high in Arizona in April.
Spring Break: Athletes are expected to be at all spring break practices if in town. If you will be out of town during spring break you are expected to complete all workouts on your own.
Additional Info: More information will be made available for this meet once available. There will be a "club" division at the meet. This meet is for high school athletes only.
Meet Website: Information will be posted on the meet website once available.
High School Schedule for January 11th-17th
Monday: MVHS 3:10 p.m.
- 15 min WU, 10-15 min tempo run (on the track) + 6x10 second hill sprints, 10-15 min CD
- Vista Nation Guide to Tempo and Rhythm Runs (link)
- A.M. Run of 25-30 minutes for Plans 3 and 4 (on your own)
- P.M. 30 to 45 minutes + 8x100 strides
- 35 to 55 minute run + 8x100 strides
- 10-15 min, WU, 6-8 x 60 second hills w/ jog back recovery, 10-15 min CD
- A.M. Run of 25-30 minutes for Plans 3 and 4 (on your own)
- 30 to 45 min recover run + 6-8 x 40 meter sprints (spikes optional)
- Long Run: 50 to 75 minutes
- Plans 1 and 2: Rest Day
- Plans 3 and 4: 30 to 45 minutes easy.
Weight Room Access
For athletes wanting to lift weights at school have the following options. We were only to gain access this winter during the mornings.
- Tuesday's: 6 a.m. to 7 a.m.
- Friday's: 6:30 a.m. to 7 a.m.
- 2021 Weight Room Plan (thanks Coach Palmer for organizing!)
If you have not had your ferritin levels checked since the end of XC please do so this month. Our recommendation is to have your ferritin levels checked at a minimum of twice a year: Once after the track season, and once after XC season. If the last time you had your levels checked was before XC, it is time to get them looked at again.
Below is information about the importance of iron/ferritin for distance runners. Please review as needed, and have your iron levels checked if you have not recently done so. This goes for both boys and girls. Rule of thumb, get your ferritin levels checked at least twice a year by your doctor. A ferritin level of 30 is the minimum number acceptable for adequate performance as a distance runner. We also recommend that every athlete on the team be taking an iron supplement that works for them. Please come talk to the coaches if you have questions.
- The Importance of Iron in Distance Runners (Blog Post)
- Why You Should Get Your Ferritin Levels Checked (Blog Post)
- A letter from a doctor, with references, about ferritin levels for endurance athletes that you can take with you to your medical provider when you get tested. (Doc)
- Are Your Ferritin Levels Up to Speed? Top Coaches Take Tests for Iron Seriously (article)
- Ironing Out the Details: Know the facts about ferritin and iron before deciding to supplement (article)
- Iron Level Upkeep For Runners (article)