Event: 14th Annual Team Boot Camp
Date: March 24 - 25, 2018
Location: Jackson, NJ
Riders: Teresa DiSessa, Jeffrey Johnson, Taylor Armstrong, Beth Bonilla, Diane Elmore, Danielle Ferland, Erin Healy, Shaina Kravitz, Andy Maher, Mackenzie Walker, Katrine Waterman
March came in like a lion, and out like, well, a lion. But the team was still ready to roar for our annual boot camp weekend. A raging midweek nor'easter that dumped almost a foot of snow had us swapping a long, hilly ride in Philly to a weekend of trainers at drills at team owners Teresa and Jeff's house. The last minute change of plans and uncooperative weather didn't stop us from a fun, productive team weekend.
We were greeted with gift bags filled with great items from our awesome sponsors upon arrival, then it was immediately time to get on bikes and down to business. We set up on the Computrainers for team time trials efforts. Most of us have been grinding away solo all winter, so it was great to have the extra motivation and encouragement of teammates to help push ourselves to the limits.
After a quick rest and a delicious lunch provided by teammate Diane, we took advantage of the sunny afternoon to get outside and work on skills and race tactics. Teresa planned an entire session were we practiced turning, drafting, performed look-back drills other techniques that tend to get rusty in the off-season. Many thanks to Beth, who took time off the mountain bike to help out with road skills. We finished off the afternoon with race simulations and lead outs that left us excited for the races ahead. We ended the day with race schedule chats and lots of pizza and beer!
The next morning we fueled up and watched the women of the World Tour battle it out at Gent- Wevelgem to get us pumped for one more endurance trainer workout to finish out the weekend. After a few rounds of ten mile team time trials, we were toast and it was time to pack up. We regrouped for some final thoughts and instructions from the weekend before heading home.
With racing only weeks away, it was great to get together one more time for a weekend of hard efforts and many laughs to reinforce our commitment to a season of training hard and teamwork. Thanks to Teresa and Jeff for putting it all together as we look forward to a season of learning, growing and success!