• Colbie Jorgensen DPT

Lessons Learned From Virtual Triathlon Camp

I have been participating in triathlons off and on for the last 13 years, but I have never been to a triathlon camp. I wasn’t really planning on doing a camp this year, but I heard of a local tri coaching company was putting on a camp. I know that a lot of small businesses are struggling right now, and I am always looking to support the triathlon community, so I decided to sign up.

As this was going to my first camp, I was not sure what to expect especially since it was being done virtually. To be honest I was a little skeptical on how it was going to go down.

Let’s Just Say That My Expectations Were Exceeded!!

It was fun and very well done. I have to start by giving a shout out to the Chris Bagg Coaching Group (CBCG) and The Endurance School. They have done an amazing job adapting to this new environment that we are in with Covid 19. They took a tough situation adapted and turned it into something that can help people and will help their business going forward. The endurance school is an online group training platform that covers everything from morning routines, strength training, and yoga to high intensity sufferfests. They also adapted their yearly camp that was supposed to be held in Bend Oregon and put it on virtually which is what I am going to be writing about today. I also have to say that they are offering these services for very affordable prices and some them are even free. Needless to say, CBCG is awesome and will come out of this whole thing on top because they have been willing to adapt, and they are serving their community. Please go check them out!! https://www.chrisbaggcoaching.com/the-endurance-school

My Top 3 Takeaways From The Virtual Camp

#1 You Can’t Beat The Energy You Get From Being Around Positive, Motivated, Happy People.

There is just something about it it that makes you want to do and be better. I felt more motivated to train and got more enjoyment out of it than I have in a while. It was amazing to see even with a lot of negativity and uncertainty going on in the world there was not an ounce of it to be found in this group. All of the coaches with CBCG and the athletes in this camp were so positive and encouraging and it made for a great experience. If you are looking to improve your triathlon performance or even your performance in business or life seek out a group of positive, motivated, and happy people and you will go far.

#2 Coaches And Teachers are Experts At Making The Complex Simple!

The sport of Triathlon can get pretty complex. You have 3 different sports all with varying distances and different strategies for each. You have different nutrition requirements and considerations for all those distances. There is lot of physiologic data that you can get from training that needs to be interpreted. There is so much information out there about how to do your training that it can get overwhelming and confusing. A coach can really help you distill some of this down and help individualize to you and your goals. This can even be helpful in a group setting like a camp. Having someone that is guiding you and someone that can keep you accountable can go a long way to keep you on track towards your goals. I definitely can see that although a have a fair bit of knowledge as a physical therapist and endurance athlete I can still benefit from some coaching. I think we all need some coaching in our lives whether it’s in triathlon, business, or life. The most talented athletes at the highest levels who you would think are so good at what they do they might not need a coach all have coaches. If you want to progress in whatever it is you are doing, consider getting some coaching you won’t regret it.

#3 Technology Is Amazing!

I know that it can have its downsides and that we probably rely on and consume too much of it in our culture, but it is amazing what we are able to do with technology these days. If this pandemic had happened even 10 years ago it would have been much more difficult or maybe even impossible to have a virtual triathlon camp. But because of the technology we have I was able to simultaneously ride my bike with people in various parts of the country in a virtual cycling world called Zwift and get live coaching cues for the same ride on a streaming platform called twitch.( Check out the endurance school channel) The technology we have for collecting training data allows coaches to easily analyze your performance and guide your training even from remote locations. The technology has allowed many of us to continue running our businesses, and to communicate with our families during this pandemic and for that I am thankful. Let’s use all this technology to our advantage but not let it take over our lives and bring us down.

Overall, I would recommend attending a triathlon camp be it virtual or in person. You will have fun, get stronger, and meet some awesome people, so go for it!

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