What does it take to improve? How do you get the most out of the talent you have been given as an athlete? My answer to this is pretty simple, and straight forward; consistent training without interruptions. In other words, if you want to reach your full potential as a distance athlete, follow your training plan and don't miss runs. All aspects of our training as distance runners are important, but 21 years of distance running experience tells me that consistency, and not missing runs, is what matters most.
Hard work pays off in big ways. So when asked if it will matter when you miss a day, if you go out of town and can't run, or anything else that may prevent you from getting in your work that day the short answer is yes, it does matter. That may not be the popular answer, but everyday counts towards accomplishing our goals. If you want to be at your best by the end of the season put the work in everyday! Budget enough time in your schedule to get in your runs. If your goals are important to you, keep working towards them. You may even surprise yourself!
We are having a great summer as a TEAM. Everyday athletes are showing up and working towards both TEAM and individual goals. Keep it up! By consistently training, and not missing runs you will be ready when it matters most!
Evan Jager's Steeplechase Shows Why Track is Worth Following
Here is this weeks article of the week. This is a follow-up article from Runner's World related to last weeks videos/articles on Evan Jager's American Record Steeplechase. It is worth your time!
Camping Trip Registration: Final Call
Registration closes on Monday. You must be registered to attend the camping trip.
Link to Registration
What: 7th Annual Vista Nation XC Camping Trip
When: July 15th-17th. Arrive at the Park between 5 and 7 p.m. on Wednesday. Meet in Loop I when you arrive in the park and find Coach Dalby. We will be leaving the park by 10 a.m. on Friday.
Transportation: Athletes will be responsible for finding their own rides both to and from our camp site at Golden Gate Canyon State Park. Please have your ride pick you up at the park by 10:00 a.m on Friday.
Who: All high school aged runners that have been consistently running this summer.
Where: Golden Gate Canyon State Park
Campground: Reverends Ridge Campground, Loop I
Cost: $50 per camper
This will cover the cost of both camping and food.
What to Bring: A tent (or make arrangements with your friends to stay in their tent), sleeping bags, pillows, toiletries, running clothes, warm-clothes, anything else you think you may need!
Parent Volunteers: Parent Volunteers can register online at the same time you register your athlete. We are looking for 5 to 10 willing parents that would like to help.
Gear Orders for the Fall
Gear orders for the fall are now available through Denver Athletic. The deadline to order is Sunday, July 19th by midnight. You will not be able to take advantage of the early gear order after this time. There will be a second opportunity to order in mid-August, but that gear will not be in until the end of September. By ordering now, you should receive your gear before the first meet.
What Gear Should I Order?
We would like all athletes, and parents, to have a neon green Vista Nation XC T-Shirt. Everything else is optional to order. Here are a few things to know about available gear:
Sizes: If you notice a product missing a particular size it is because that size is out of stock, and cannot be ordered.
Neon Green Vista Nation-T/Brooks Shirt: This is our standard shirt and one that every member of the team, including parents, should have. It is what we wear at every meet.
Pirate Jersey: This is our official "Vista Nation XC" Club uniform, and what we wear in Arizona for NXR. If you think you may be going on the NXR trip, I suggest purchasing one. We will have a few extras on hand for the championship race to loan out in AZ if needed, but not for the open race.
Adidas Warm-Ups: We are giving everyone on the team the opportunity to purchase your warm-ups this year. Warm-up tops, and pants are optional.
Additional Apparel: Hats, bags, additional T-Shirts, etc. are all available for purchase, but not required.
Schedule for July 13th-19th
We will have practice as normal for all HS and MS athletes on Thursday and Friday for those not attending the camping trip.
Mon-Aspen Grove Panera Bread 7 a.m.
Tue-MVHS 7 a.m.
Wed-Rocky Heights Middle School 7 a.m.
-Arrive at Golden Gate Canyon State Park between 5 and 7 p.m. on
Wednesday, Reverends Ridge Campground, Loop I.
Thur-MVHS 7 a.m. -or-
Fri-East/West Trail 7 a.m. -or-
Sat-Run on your own/with a teammate. Check Training Peaks to see what your run is.
Sun-Optional Run on your own, or w/ a teammate. Check Training Peaks to see what your run is.