Douglas Community School athletes headed for warmer climes at Easter on their annual warm weather training camp in Monte Gordo in Portugal. A total of 11 people travelled and all had a great 10 days in the sun.
The athletes trained each day and twice some days doing a range of training including easy runs, drills, strides, core work, hurdle drills, long runs, track sessions and hill sprints. Coach Steven Macklin commented: “Overall it was a superb 9-day camp with some great training done, plenty of laughs, new friendships made and some much needed rest & relaxation. Thanks also to the group of 8 athletes who were extremely well-behaved, focused, and put in a big effort at all training sessions. These guys all have a big future if they remain grounded and keep putting in the consistent injury-free and healthy weeks of training.
“A great and important part of these camps is the athletes interaction with other athletes from Ireland and the different countries. Our group mingled with Irish groups from DSD, Leevale and Mullingar, as well as athletes from Sweden and England. Easter has come early this year so our training was focused on laying a foundation for the up-coming track season and keeping a lid on things for now. It is a long track season and there’s plenty of time to add a roof to the foundations.
“I also had the opportunity to have one on one meetings with each of the athletes and discuss the past XC season and future plans. The athletes are looking forward to their season opener at the Leevale Open Sports in two weeks time. Hopefully it will be a memorable season for all and our camp in Monte Gordo certainly sets us on the right path”.
To get a taste of what the training camp was like, you can read the athletes’ blogs from the camp here.