Timex Camp this year was in the beautiful sunny state of Tuscon, Arizona. Besides a few other cities, this is an athlete’s paradise this time of year. With Mt. Lemmon nearby and the University of Arizona’s recreational pool at our disposal (thanks Timex & Team Sports Inc.), Tuscon was a perfect fit for us all.
DAY 1: The Arrival
For me, being the Rookie to the team, meeting everyone was definitely overwhelming but really exciting. I mean, I’ve followed and have looked up to so many of these athletes for a while, so to meet them in person and see how funny, down-to-earth everyone is was truly amazing. Day 1 for me was all about getting to know everyone, hearing/ congratulating each person on a successful 2014 race season, and getting through awkward shoulder taps/ neck rubs since people kept confusing me with 6’1″ athlete Christine Hammond.. Great times
Josh Cox, US 50k Record Holder. Participant in 4x Olympic Marathon Trials & qualified 3x for Team USA, was our speaker for the night. He delivered such an inspirational story with these three take-aways:
- Believe in your dreams
- Be faithful in your gifts
- Pursue your passion
Believe, have faith, and pursue. Simplicity at its best.
Day 2– TIMEX
The morning started with 5:30am swim at the U of A Rec. pool where the Team learned about the ongoing products of our sponsor Blueseventy before hitting the deck. Team workouts are the best. Since this was the first full day of Camp, everyone had tons of energy and the 1.5hr pool workout literally flew by.
All our meals, as pictured above, were catered by Skratch Labs. I can’t say enough great things about Allen and the rest of the Chef’s who cooked and prepared our meals for everyone. Plenty of food to help fuel our bodies for the day and snacks always at our disposal in between meetings.
The morning and afternoon meetings were all about learning and giving feedback on Timex products that have either recently launched or products that are about to launch in 2015. The majority of our time was spent on Timex’s mega-product, the Timex One-GPS. Talk about an athlete’s dream! As a frequent solo runner myself, using the “Angel tracker” to notify my contacts when I start/ finish workouts not only gives me a peace of mind knowing that I’m safe but also drives me to nail each workout (after all, they can see your data at any given time). Another cool feature is it literally syncs to GPS within seconds of turning the watch on, and it allows messaging to scan through your device, allowing you to reply back, while you run without having to have a phone tethered to you. Truly a great product!
More products I learned about were the Run x20 GPS watch, the Move x20, and finally the Run x50 Timex watch! Each of these products are geared to a wide variety of athletes, from the recreational runner to Professional athlete you can choose how much to how little information you want to know and pick a product that works best for you.
In the afternoon, we split up in groups for a challenge.. Who can spell out TIMEX using the One GPS and show it to our Team Manager the fastest is the winner. Our team was doomed from the get go, lets just be honest. So my team consisted of the two newbies (only 2 were brought on this year, me and James), 2 foreign athletes (who haven’t received the new watch yet to know how it works), and Trista (the only legit long-term athlete of the bunch) haha. But despite all odds, we WON, finishing in 14 minutes! Check it out–
That evening we had our Timex end of year banquet where Ellen Hart gave an all-inspiring speech of her journey/ struggles/ accomplishments throughout her lifetime. Truly a wonderful woman and athlete who I can add to the many people I already look up too on our Team. The night was full of laughter, tears, and many speeches as Dave Orlowski (the Legend & one of the original Ironman who brought this sport to life) and Tristan Brown (our Team Manager) were inducted into the Timex Hall of Fame. Well deserved!!
Day 3: Our Sponsors
Another great morning of swimming with my teammates, Kelly Fillnow and Dave Erickson. We pushed each other through an awesome speed swim set that I swear left me, a 6’2” tall, gangly triathlete, with bulging triceps, delts, and shoulders by the end of the workout. Great workout, thanks y’all!
The team took a quick moment for group shots and individual photo’s by Larry Rosa before hitting our Round Robin learning session. I was a bit overwhelmed as the newbie yet completely consumed with all the knowledge each sponsor educated us on: Shimano, Skratch Labs, Challenge tires, Stages Power Meter, Squirt Lube, and Cat Eye. It’s a relief to know as I train or as I race, that I am backed by top of the line components and products to help me deliver each and every performance.
The Final Day
It’s funny how you develop such close relationships with people in such a short amount of time. I learned we are not all just athletes saying “hi” to one another in passing, but in reality just a big family… who just live thousands of miles a part. I walked away from Timex camp feeling inspired and more than anything motivated to push my body to every limit as I take on Ironman Texas. Can’t thank Tristan, our Team Manager, for believing in me and taking me on the team this year. I’m excited with what the year might bring and even more excited to cheer on my new family as they continue to dominate the 2015 race circuit.
Here’s to a great 2015 Season!!