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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Team Training Camp- We TRI'd

Last week Clif Bar held our annual training camp up in the Bay Area. It was reminiscent of years’ prior, with most of the time spent posing for photos and discussing shoe sizes. But there was one big difference. Several of our new teammates happen to spend an awful lot of time running and swimming.

This year Luna is mixing things up with a triathlete team. And those girls know how to train.

I mean, we mountain bikers get out there every day, rain or shine, and hammer the trails or pound the pavement. We ride for long hours, get muddy, and take the occasional hit by the unruly tree branch. And then we go home and relax with a big bowl of cereal in front of the email machine.

But those triathletes! Wow.

After getting in every night after midnight dinners with our sponsors, they were getting up at dawn for their laps at the local high school pool. Talk about swimming upstream on 6 hours of sleep.

Then they’d oblige with a photo shoot or three, damp hair still shimmering from the chlorine. As cold as they were, smiling in their little tri-suits, they still considered this a warm-up for their lunchtime wind sprint run around town.

marla streb
Luna Chix

And we mountain bikers hadn’t even gone out for our daily ride yet.

But we would show them. We’d make them ride the dirt for their bike workout. But darn, it was still raining. Our mechanics Chris and Zeph forbade us to ride in the mud. We wouldn’t have the chance to school them in off-camber root turns. So that was out.

We were all to ride the road. As one big team. Although some with aero bars and some without. And come to think of it. No one tried to drop anyone else. No one compared cadences or discussed drop-outs.

We all just kept talking about shoe sizes.

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Anonymous said...

Hi Marla,
spoke with you at Sea Otter (Philip Novotny introduced us). I went to your website so that I could send you the photos of the bike sumo, but I couldn't find any contact info. If you would still like to have them (I got some pretty good shots, if I do say so myself), you can reach me at
Phil Strong

11:41 AM  

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