Senior Altitude Training Trip
We are currently planning on leaving July 2nd and returning the 16th of July. Flights are being sorted and we will notify you as soon as possible.
We will be staying on campus at the University of Northern Colorado and training out of an outdoor 50m pool in the city. The pool is above 5,000 feet in elevation which will certainly give us a great boost and training benefit. I will be sure to give the kids all the information they need and monitor their care to fight against altitude sickness. Depending on how we respond the first four days we may swim at a long course meet in Denver 6,000ft or in Colorado Springs, my home town at 7,650ft. Both meets are long course meters and will be a great experience if we are ready for the challenge.
Greeley itself is a farm town but is only an hour to some of the most beautiful places on the planet. We will be sure to take time at least twice to get up in the mountains and hike as a team. Once in Rocky Mountain National park (look it up!) and another time maybe at Red Rocks, or Garden of the Gods for a completely different landscape. We will plan a paint ball excursion which is always a massive hit amongst teenagers! I will also consider white water rafting to see if there is an affordable option. I don’t yet have a detailed itinerary but a basic outline is below.
The University of Northern Colorado will play our host and Lisa Ebling, head coach at UNC, will be our liaison. She has given us an incredible package and is allowing us to use the state of the art weight facility, dorms, and cafeteria. She will also help to organize talks with experts in the fields of sports science, including herself and her perspective as a Division I NCAA head coach.
We may save some on a few meals and cook for ourselves at my sister’s home and certainly my brother’s, Brian, home at least for two meals. We will be in Colorado for the fourth of July so if it is not in drought again this year we will see some spectacular fireworks and a taste of American farm style carnivals with bobbing for apples, hay rides, pie eating contests, fattest pig contest, biggest watermelon contest, hot dog eating contest, tractor pulls and as much ridiculous farm town stuff there is.
This is looking to be a trip they will never forget. We will try to keep them busy and unplugged the entire two weeks. There will be no TVs in the dorms. We will keep our focus on training and performance but should, during the two weeks, get to have some pretty cool experiences.