As I left work last week several coworkers asked me where I would be headed during my time off. I explained that I would first be attending a friend’s wedding and then off to a training camp in Scottsdale. The response was along the lines of: “You mean you’ll be working out the whole time? Doesn’t sound like much of a vacation to me.” I get a similar response whenever I head out on a vacation, as if it is impossible to enjoy yourself in a warm location if you have to train. Rather than thinking of it as work, I couldn’t think of a much better vacation than the one I am having right now. The two people sitting next to me on the plane ride down both were headed to Arizona to play golf. So why do people think that I also wouldn’t enjoy playing my favorite sport non-stop for a week?
In addition to focusing my energy 100% on the sport I love, there are many other reasons training camps are so fun. For starters, I get to work with my coach again and hear his stories at every training session. But what makes it really fun is that I get to visit my best friends/former training partners. Practice is a non-stop fun with them, and each evening is spent swapping stories and jokes over good food and a few beers. Sometimes I wonder if I can carry on a whole conversation without a reference to track and field, so it is nice to have the company of people like Kibwe Johnson, Loree Smith, and Sultana Frizell down here.
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