If you are in Kingston or are coming to Kingston this weekend to watch the FISU XC Champs and are free the day before the races you should check out the Endurance Summit. The organizers have put together what should be an interesting day of presentations and discussion related to endurance sports (mostly long distance running I think). Myself, Reid Coolsaet, Steve Boyd, and Thelma Wright will be participating in a ‘Open Forum’ entitled From Elementary to Elite Athlete. Other presenters include Dave Scott-Thomas, Brenda Scott-Thomas, and a slew of others, check out the link for more info and come check it out if you can.
The races themselves should be interesting. The fields appear to be rather small (71 in mens, 55 in womens) but will definitely be of high quality – European powers France, Spain, and GB are sending full squads as are African nations Algeria and Uganda. I expect a big dust-up up there on Fort Henry Hill. Although, there probably won’t be much dust ’cause it has been raining here off and on for the past few days. So, there is the potential that the course could be slick. Although I don’t think it will be a down right mud bath as the course is basically on a big rock with a bit of grass over top of it. Anyways, hopefully the Canadian guys and gals do us proud out there on Sunday.
Yesterday, myself and the Queen’s Golden Gaels slid our way onto the Richardson stadium track for a decent workout. I did 1600m repeats and Matt Hulse jumped in for 1200s, while the other boys did there own thing, running a set of 800s. It was great to have the company out there, especially in the driving rain. Those are the type of days the motivation often wanes when I have a big workout planned and am all on my lonesome. So, getting out there with a big group of guys was great.
I found myself wearing my new Mizuno Cabrakan Jacket (shameless plug for the sponsors!) almost the whole workout to try and stay dry, while most of the other guys went to the opposite extreme and took their shirts off. They certainly looked tough (and fast), but I hope none of them went home with hypothermia!