Burkies and guests are gathered in the Adirondacks for the August Nordic Team Camp. The weather is beautiful but really hot and really humid. Water. Drink a lot of water. Swim. Stay in the shower. Save the hard work for early and late.
The core team is made up of three returning junior boys, two new PG’s and two new girls bringing us to the same size as last year and looking at a core that will be with us for at least two more years…a good thing. Three guests have joined us and alums and friends are showing up for different workouts and to help welcome the newcomers. We opened with a “trials day”; a day of not so much testing but of assessment. The purpose is to let both atheltes and coaches know where we are and what kind of strength specific work would be most beneficial before the snow flies. We look for weak links in the chain and try to design ways to bring them into line. Events took the shape of a standing broad jump, pull ups, bar dips, deep push ups (hands and feet on rails, allowing the body to go below hand level), rail hops and the “brutal bench”, a hanging curl up. We began with a 3000 meter run…which wasn’t 3000 ( top time 9:16!) so that part we had to throw out, but the heart rate info was good and will help us later on.