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Santa Cruz May 2009

Posted by speedskating-online on June 4, 2009 at 12:49 PM











 Written by Lucas Makowsky

Canadian speed skater



Thinking back to the past 9 days I spent in Santa Cruz, California, it never ceases to amaze me at how quickly training camps fly by. The training is no different than what we do at home, but just being away always seems to bring a renewed focus and intensity to each program I do. Other aspects of life are put on hold and for those 9 days every bit of focus and energy are consumed by the program. If I'm not training, eating, or resting, I'm simply trying to enjoy the weather and bits of scenery that nature has to offer.



We started off the camp with a nice 4hr aerobic ride along the coast on the Number 1 (Cabrillo Highway). Thinking it was going to be sunny and hot the moment we got to California, the morning coastal clouds proved otherwise. It's great staying within view of the ocean but until the sun has a chance to burn off the morning fog it can be quite cool. A few hours into the ride we made it to a small town called Pescadero, that had a great local bakery/grocery store. A sign standing by the door read "The Butcher, The Baker, The Sandwich Maker", a perfect place to stop for a hot coffee and a Bear-claw pastry... delicious! From there, we headed back towards Santa Cruz and it didn't take long for the sun to make its way through the coastal fog. I knew it was going to be a great camp!



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