JINDABYNE TRAINING CAMP
2018 kicked of early for us as we got straight back into it a few days after New Years with a Training Camp in the high country of the Snowy mountains. At this time of year it is always a mass exodus from the cities as the beaches get invaded as well as the roads which are great for training. Hence the popularity of athletes wanting something different and quiet.
The roads surrounding lake Jindabyne, and the long climbs towards Thredbo and Perisher beautiful while the crisp air at altitude in Australia’s highest and untouched region feel strangely different to anywhere else in the country – being 915m above sea level and ridable road up to 1800m
Unlike a lot of region training roads this area is more in line with the nicer surface of Europe because of the high quality needed to deal with the snow and cold of winter. It makes for sparse smooth and seamless roads which means easy riding with consecutive long days in the saddle.
While the temperature this time of year is known to vary we had some great weather and with our bigger days heading up the major climbs out of Jindy we were able to hide from the heat until midday which is unusual for most places this time of year.
The Camp consisted of a variation of distances with multiple sessions per day which saw rides from a few hrs up to around 7 with variations of flatter to very hilly days. Although the camp was catered for a mix of abilities with the use of the support vehicle everything seem to work smoothly on the road. With the majority of the group all arriving at the destinations within short period. And with a few tweaks to the different groups, the use of the Lake for swimming and the trails surrounding these being well maintained for Mountain biking in the summer by the parks it made for some great days even with some fatigued bodies.
Day 1 – 55km undulation ride
-7km lake run off the bike
-clinic and workshop on foot intrinsics
Day 2 -145km mountain ride
-open water swim at the lake
-clinic and workshop on Fascia
Day 3 – 125km flatter more rolling ride
-9km Track session
Day 4 -Handicap mountain time trial 80kms all up
-Swim cancelled due to chop on lake
Day 5 – 12kms undulating trail run
The camp made for a great start to 2018 with a kick into gear for some while other built on some good fitness leading into races over the first few months of the year.