Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Important Phat Camp Info

Spring is arriving as I type, and here at Mercury Rising we are getting ready for the 3rd annual PHAT CAMP!! PHAT CAMP is our no-nonsense work-hard camp that takes place in Penticton BC, the home of Ironman Canada. This year, the dates of the camp align perfectly with preparation for both Ironman Canada and Calgary 70.3.

Here are some important details:

When: Monday July 11th-Monday July 18th 2011
Where: Spanish Villas, Penticton, BC
What you get:
-12 coached training sessions
-Ironman and age group champion coaches providing personal attention and feedback
-entry to the Peach Classic Olympic or Sprint Triathlon
-challenging week of training to suit your personal race goals
-wide range of abilities and fitness levels welcome
-technical sessions on open water swimming, bike handling and transitions
-training on the Ironman Canada course
-positive group environment
-7 nights accommodation at Spanish Villas on Lakeshore Drive
-3 group dinners
-2 talks by coaches, including Sara Gross; "Mental Training to Race at Your Potential"

Tentative Schedule:
Monday- arrive, easy run, group dinner
Tuesday- bike skills and hills, swim sighting and drafting, tempo run
Wednesday- bike Ironman course w transition run
Thursday- run along Ironman course, open water swim, pizza night
Friday- 2h easy bike
Saturday- open water swim and transition practice, easy run with drills
Sunday- RACE Peach Classic Olympic or Sprint Distance, recovery swim, group dinner
Monday- Optional open water swim, check out!

$1500- based on sharing room between 2 (rooms include bedroom with 2 double beds, separate living room with pull out sofa and kitchen with stove, fridge and microwave)
$1950- for private room (room the same as above)
$1000- for camp only, no accommodation

**Important note**
Must register by May 1st to qualify for accommodation!

To register: Go to the "camps" page on our website ( Download the word document near the bottom of the page. Fill it out and email it to Information will then be sent to you regarding payment!

Hope to see you all in Penticton!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Going to Disneyland!

In between trips to Sea World and the Magic Kingdom, Leanne Sherman fit in the Desert International Triathlon in Palm Springs yesterday morning. Clearly in a hurry to see the rest of California, she crossed the line with a speedy time of 2:29, taking 7th in her age group. Congratulations, Leanne! Enjoy your vacation!

The Tri Season is Upon Us!

Although it may be hard to imagine, triathlon season has arrived! Many of us are eager for more outdoor training and racing. Hang in there, spring is just around the corner!

While YOU may have been training indoors due to snow and ice-covered roads this weekend, Mercury Risers James Galbraith and Sergio Del Piccolo were battling it out at the UBC Olympic Triathlon. A pool maze swim, a windy and cool bike and a sunny, still windy run made for a good early race and both athletes did well. Placing 5th and 6th in their respective age groups made for a satisfying finish.

Coach Rachel was happy to find them on the staggered start course and proud to see them finish strong. A friendly rivalry between these two will continue to fuel the fire as the season builds. Nice work guys.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Cathy Noel's Adventure in Napa Valley

The entire Mercury team is very proud today of Cathy Noel's awesome effort at the Napa Valley marathon today where she ran a 3:54 and qualified for Boston!!!
This lady has SOOOOO much potential!!
Well done Cathy!!!

Friday, March 4, 2011

And another lil' triathlete is born!

As well as pulling off some great races, we seem to be reproducing pretty quickly here at Mercury Rising. Welcome to the world Adelaide Elizabeth Hopwood! Dad Jeremy is an outstanding athlete who raced his first Hawaii Ironman last fall. All the best to him, mom Leslie and the new little girl!