We had a great first week of summer conditioning! With over 130 athletes out running with us so far this could potentially be a great season for us. It's going to take a lot of commitment and dedication to improve, but with the right attitude we could do some special things in the fall.
At practice this week we talked about a lot of things. 3 of those things were hard work, planning, and enthusiasm. These 3 characteristics will be important to the success of our TEAM this year. There won't be any substitute for hard work. We are going to be running between 5-8 times a week, getting up early, pushing ourselves and teammates all summer, and doing the things that are necessary to achieve our goals. Hard work pays off and in the sport of distance running their are no short cuts to success. If you take shortcuts you will never develop your true talent as an athlete.
Set a goal for yourself to be in the best physical conditioning you can be by the end of the summer. As a coaching staff, our goal is to help get you there. The way we do that is by providing a plan for every member of our TEAM. Follow the plan and have faith that you will improve (The plans are posted online, click to view them).
Some people may not challenge themselves to complete one of these plans, or may slack off when they think no one else is looking. But you will always know what kind of effort you are putting in. We challenge you to work hard and follow the plan. We also challenge you to follow these plans with enthusiasm. A positive attitude and enjoying what you do will go a long way in your success. You will be more productive and work harder when you are doing things you love. If we are not having fun each day, we won't be able to push as hard as we need to in order to be at our best. Enjoy working hard and watch it impact everyone else on the TEAM.
Goal Setting Update
The goal setting meetings this week were very positive and we have BIG goals for the 2013 fall XC season. By working hard, following the training plan, and being positive and enthusiastic at practice this summer these goals are possible. It is important for both athletes and the parents be aware of these goals. Parents, talk to your kids about our TEAM goals. It will help you to understand why we work as hard as we do all summer:
- Sweep the Open, JV, and Varsity races at the Continental League Meet
- Win State
- Gap from 1 to 5 under 60 seconds in Open, JV, and Varsity races.
- Top 2 in every Open, JV and Varsity race this season
- Top 2 in both the open and championship races at NXN
- Sweep the Open, JV and Varsity races at the Continental League Meet
- Qualify for state and finish in the top 5
- Gap from 1-5 is 45 seconds or better
- Every member of the TEAM PRs at least twice
Individual Goal Setting Meetings
Individual goals were also set this week. The coaches want you to post those goals in a place where you will see them every single day. This will help remind you of what you are working for all summer. We also encourage you to find 10 or 15 minutes to sit down and talk with one member of the coaching staff about your individual goals for the season. This will help us to understand what things are driving you along this year. Please come talk to us and set up a time to discuss the things you want to accomplish.
Camping Trip July 18th-20th
If you missed the update last week here it is again.
I will have another update by the middle of the week, but this is always one of the highlights of the summer. Every summer athletes that decide not to come along always regret it after they hear about how much fun we had after everyone comes back.
I am also looking for 8-10 parents that are willing to come along. If you don't want to tent camp there are cabins on site at the KOA we are staying at. I am happy to pay for a cabin for any adults that want to accompany us. If you can help supervise and drive on this years camping trip please email me to confirm: firstname.lastname@example.org
Summer Jersey Order
Run Colorado has designed a special jersey for us that will be available for both HS and MS athletes to order this week only. These singlets are for training only (not meets). The boys jersey will be green and the girls jersey will be pink. I will have samples available this week at practice, but the logo going on the jersey is the picture on this weeks blog. These are Nike jerseys and the cost will be $30 for each singlet. I will email out an order form to everyone tomorrow (Monday) afternoon.
Due to Nike's limited supplies of these jerseys, orders will have to be placed by Thursday this week. After that time they will no longer be available.
Summer Conditioning Fee
If you have not paid your summer conditioning fee of $100 please do so on Monday.
4th of July HRCA 5K
On July 4th we will be racing at the HRCA Independance day 5K. Everyone in town is encouraged to come out and participate. Here is the link to race registration:
Earning Car Stickers
Many athletes on the TEAM have asked about the Vista XC car stickers. Here is how you can earn them for your car (or your parents car). If you are on the general running plan you will receive your sticker once you build up to 5 runs of 30 mins and go out for 1 weekend run. If you are on the intermediate or experienced plans you can earn a sticker by driving an underclassmen to either a practice or a TEAM event at least 3 times this summer. I will give you as many stickers as you have cars in your family.
We will be doing mileage shirts again this summer. Shirts will be available for anyone that runs 200, 300, 400, 500, 600 or 700 miles between June 1st to September 1st. In order to do this you will need to pick an apporpriate training plan and log your miles each day. Logs for the summer will be turned in on September 2nd. Both MS and HS athletes are eligiable for mileage shirts. Here is this link to the training plans in case you need to print one off still:
Summer Training Plans
June 17th-23rd Schedule
June 17th: MVHS 7 a.m.
June 18th: The Bluffs Regional Park 7 a.m.
Popsicle Run (Icy Pops for anyone who
can make it around the Bluffs)
June 19th: MVHS 7 a.m.
June 20th: Deer Creek Canyon (Littleton) 7 a.m.
Take C-470 to Wadsworth and turn left. Then go right at the stop light and
follow the signs to the Deer Creek lot.
Team breakfast after the run provided by the coaches.
June 21st: Waterton Canyon (Littleton) 7 a.m.
Meet in the main lot. Take C-470 to Wadsworth and go left. Follow signs to
Waterton Canyon (about 4 miles down Wadsworth on the left)
June 22nd: Run on your own or w/ a teammate.
-or- 6:30 a.m. at Run Colorado off of I-25 and Arapahoe for group run
June 23rd: Optional Run