Friday, July 15. 2005
Sunday, July 10, 2005
Written by Steve Munatones
All athletes (Sean Seaver of Washington, Scott Kaufmann of Gainseville, Margy Keefe of Penn State, John Kenny of Atlantic City, Sara McLarty, member of the USA Triathlon National Select Team and resident of Colorado Springs, Chip Peterson of Pine Knoll Shores, North Carolina, and Erica Rose of Cleveland Heights, Ohio) arrived in the late afternoon and took 2 vans to the US Olympic Training Center of Lake Placid. The team got into the Training Center late and quickly went to their rooms and slept off the long day of travel.
Monday, July 11, 2005
The coaching staff (Rick Walker of Southern Illinois University, Denny Ryther of San Antonio, Steven Munatones of Huntington Beach, California, Jeremy Vail of Nashville, Catherine Vogt of Emerald Isle, North Carolina and Dr. Jim Miller of Virginia) led the team to their first morning practice in a specially designed 2-kilometer open water course in Lake Mirror.
The water temperature was in the mid-70s and was perfectly calm. The 2-kilometer course was laid out by 2 lane courses used by rowing teams. The swimmers swam between 4-8 kilometers and included speed work, pulling and working their turns around buoys.
Buoy work included swimming hard in a pack of swimmers around a large orange turn buoy. The buoy work was 5 sets of 200-meter swims around the buoy.
The coaches constantly monitored the swim course and provided drinks to the swimmers from a small boat provided by the USA Olympic Training Center.
The athletes greatly enjoyed the buffet-style meals provided at the Training Center cafeteria and soon became a cohesive unit.
The weather was hot and sunny with a forest of emerald green providing a beautiful setting for a 3-day training camp.
Tuesday, July 12, 2005
The weather continued to be beautiful.
The team continued its training in Lake Mirror. In the morning, the athletes worked on making aggressive turns around buoys and finishing fast.
In international open water competitions, the electronic touch pads are placed about 1 foot about the surface of the water and the athletes must touch the pads with at least one hand to officially finish their race.
Before afternoon workout, some of the athletes went to see the Olympic Center's ski jump and went shopping in the beautiful small town of Lake Placid.
Wednesday, July 13, 2005
The team worked on eating chocolate gel packs in the water. The swimmers placed gel packs in their suits and then would take them out and squirt the gel packs in their mouths while switching over to their back. The athletes continued to practice until they were able to do this motion under 3 seconds.
In the afternoon, the athletes continued to practice swimming in a pack, work on swimming around buoys and sprinting in a pack.
As a team-building exercise, the team went to Pirates Cove and played a competitive game of miniature golf. John Kenny had the lowest score, but Margy had 3 holes-in-one.
Thursday, July 14, 2005
Sean, John and Margy went for a morning swim before the entire team departed from the USA Olympic Training Center to Montreal. After a 3-hour bus ride, the team finally arrived in the Delta Montreal Hotel and visited the rowing basin where the World Championship events are to be held.
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