Over the last few weeks we have covered some important topics that will help every member of Vista Nation XC become a better runner. You will notice, that none of these topics deal with training. Instead, the coaches have decided to cover "The Other 22 Hours" of the day, that help runners to reach their full potential as an athlete. These are the things you can do away from practice that will make you a better runner. These topics include:
- The Importance of Iron Intake for Distance Runners
- How Nutrition Supports Your Running
- Championship Sleep
In years past, we have always set goals as a TEAM at our goal setting BBQ. However, because of COVID this year, we are unable to get together in Coach Dalby's backyard as a TEAM to do so. Even though we are not able to meet for the BBQ, we still plan to goal set for this season together, but in a slightly different format.
Goal setting is for every member of the TEAM to take part in, and something the coaches consider to be the most important TEAM conversation we have each year. It sets a purpose for our training, and allows us to set a focus for the season.
In addition to TEAM goal setting, we would also like to have athletes goal set as individuals. This allows for the coaching staff to understand what you want to accomplish for the season, and how to help you go about achieving those goals.
Please fill out the TEAM/Individual goal setting form attached below this week. This is to replace our normal goal setting BBQ. Unfortunately, because of the pandemic we will not be able to do the goal setting BBQ this year. We will, however, do a goal setting meeting at practice next week. Please find 15 t0 30 minutes to sit down, and quietly reflect over your goals for the upcoming season. Your individual responses will be shared with the coaching staff, but we will not make your individual response public.
Unique Vista Nation XC Gear Order
My good friend Pete (former Run Colorado owner) put together a really great gear order site for all of us! All items are optional, super cool, and available for any HS or MS athlete to order. And, all orders will be mailed to your home directly.
The site will be open for a limited time (about a week) so please order ASAP if you would like something. All gear is 100% optional, and there is no pressure to buy anything you see unless you want to. We will do our normal Denver Athletic Gear Order sometime in August where items like neon green Vista Nation shirts will be available at that time..
Schedule for July 27th-August 2nd
- High School Schedule: July 27th-August 2nd (link)
- Middle School Groups and Schedule: July 27th-August 2nd (link)
Middle School Camp: July 27th-Aug 2nd
Each group will meet 2x per week, once on-campus, and once OFF-CAMPUS! We are using Redstone Park for its proximity to the Highline Canal and SHADE! Additionally, each week, one group will meet a third time! Groups 3 and 4 were combined to facilitate the two/three practice schedule. When on-campus, athletes will work with one coach with a staggered start. Off-campus, two coaches will be present. We realize this schedule will not work every time for every athlete.
- Continue to bring a mask, labeled water bottle, and be ready to answer COVID Symptom Questions. If you would answer YES to any question, please stay home and run on your own. We will still take temperatures and enforce Social Distancing.
- Please bring a watch to practice!
- Be on time. This helps us get checked in quickly.
- If you can’t make a practice, they are still posted on Final Surge.
- Keep being safe and having fun!
If you are listed in the last column on the Group List and would like to join a LIVE practice, please email Coach Estell (email@example.com) or Coach Sprafke (firstname.lastname@example.org).
High School Training: July 26th-August 2nd
From here on, training will be posted for you in the Final Surge App. This will help you to know what your daily workouts are before you come to practice each day, along w/ knowing what to run when you are out of town during the summer.
If you have not signed-up yet for the Final Surge App, or need help doing so, please take a look at the following link for assistance.