Team EVERY MAN JACK training camp 2016

After Christmas is generally a bit tough for me with the lack of vitamin d , so naturally the Every Man Jack training camp is something to look forward to.  This year it was in Las Vegas, moved from San Diego the previous year.  A few of the members live in the area, so we had local knowledge of the sweet spots to ride and run.  Coming into camp I did a massive number of rides outside, so naturally I would feel comfortable riding with 55 others.  Surprisingly  the routes were wide open and large shoulders so group riding wasn’t as issue.  Ask Kenny Denny 😉 I found Las Vegas to be an amazing spot for riding, the best part was paying  just 50 bucks to haul the bike there.

Out on the Old 70.3 course

Out on the Old 70.3 course

I got an earlier flight out of Bellingham, and bought a ticket a little before the dollar drop.  I’m looking forward to when Donald becomes President and the Canadian dollar moves up 50 cents. I got in around 12-1 and had a good ride with a small group Wednesday with the main camp starting Thursday.  Had a nice taste of what was to come, with a 2hr ride out to the Red Rock Canyon.  I ran there back in December, but had no idea it was so great for cycling.

Setting off after a Sag Monkey Stop. Thanks Nick!

Setting off after a Sag Monkey Stop. Thanks Nick!

Dove right into Thursday with a pretty big swim (every morning was 1:30 in the pool ) over at the Henderson multi-gen pool.  Nice big outdoor pool, with loads of room for 55 guys.  I already can’t remember the days of what we did and how long, but we had a swim run bike, or a swim bike run, everyday throughout the rest of the week.  A lot of the guys really enjoyed the 6 tunnels area, so we ended up doing two days of training over there.  I’m fairly familiar with the area after doing a half marathon at the same spot about 4 years ago.  We cycled the park before running and it ended up being my favorite ride of the camp.  We rode the majority of the World Champ 70.3  course, nice and wide open and smooth ride.  Then the following day we ran the tunnels and  made it across the Hoover Dam.  The rest of the camp went really fast and by day 4, I was feeling pretty good.  Saturday night we got out on the town and then I snuck out Sunday morning before the 4th real day of training.

James sporting the white top.

James sporting the white top.

Training volumes where nice and high.  I hadn’t had sessions like that in months and it felt good to do it with a big group – many new faces and many familiar ones too.  It’s always fun to train with a high level group and know that you can push that much harder.  2016 will be a lot of fun with a lot to look forward.  New teammates, new races and a few new sponsors as well.  Always a huge thanks to Every Man Jack and its founder Ritch Viola.

Huge thanks to our sponsors for 2016 and Nick and his Sag wagon.  Good times!

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Web links:: / EVERY MAN JACK / EVERY MAN JACK TRI TEAM / TRI GEEKS closing sadly—check their website for details

Flights with Allegiant out of Bellingham/ stayed at http://www.lasvegasminicastle.com/

 

Fuel stop after the swim, then on to the vegas Hwy for some riding.

Fuel stop after the swim, then on to the Vegas Hwy for some riding.

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Had the GU van as well as the SAG monkey for riding support

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Im still thinking about these wings I had saturday night

Im still thinking about these wings I had Saturday night-

Random bowling ball, might be Chucks

Random bowling ball, might be Chucks