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Loppet Nordic Racing – 2019 Summer Training and Summer Camps
May 10, 2019

Skiers are made in the summer. Please see below for information and dates on LNR Devo and Comp team spring and summer training options along with camp dates.

Note: we will have 3 session/week and 7 session/week Summer Training options available this year for Comp Team, and 3 sessions/week and 6 session/week for Devo Team.

About LNR Development Team (Devo Team)

Focused on athletes born in 2003, 2004, and 2005. Some or many of the Development Team practices will be combined with Comp Team, but Devo Team has a dedicated coach/practice plan. Training for this group will be more varied than the Comp Team, and often less ski specific. Athletes born in 2006 may apply to train with the Devo Team – contact Coach Piotr Bednarski at bednarski@loppet.org.

About LNR Competition Team (Comp Team)

The LNR competition team – focused on 17-19 year olds (born in 2002, 2001, 2000), focused on year round training with the goal of competing regionally and nationally. This is an experienced ski group committed to year round training. During the summer, the Comp Team will meet 6-7 times per week. Athletes born in 2003 can petition to train with Competition team if they have exceptional results (eg. top 10 at JN’s). Competition Team weekly schedule for Spring and Summer will be very similar to what is was last year.

LNR Spring and Summer Training Principles

  1. To keep training varied, challenging, and having the opportunity to explore new places
  2. To make sure training in spring and summer is focused on making you a better all around athlete: coordination, speed, and running/movement mechanics
  3. To make sure that the environment at LNR is one that stresses being a good person, not just a good athlete. We will focus on working well as part of a group, and we’ll have a number of volunteer projects throughout the year. Note that volunteer projects (trail improvements, erosion control) will periodically happen during training time.

Spring Training 2019

LNR Development and Comp Team (same schedule)

April 8 through May 31 (8 weeks)

  • Mondays: 3:45pm – 6:00pm at the Trailhead. Running mechanics, games, strength/flexibility in weight room
  • Tuesdays: 3:45pm at the Trailhead. Road bike or MTB starting with approx 90 min, but will extend to 2:00-3:00hr rides. **note that Tuesday workouts won’t start till April 23 or later, depending on weather**
  • Wednesdays: 3:45pm at the Trailhead. Running and flexibility – mix of distance and intensity workouts.
  • Thursdays: 3:45pm – 6:00pm at the Trailhead. Running mechanics, games, strength/flexibility in weight room

Summer Training

Development Team

Starts June 17, and does not run weeks of training camps, lighter schedule 4th of July week. There is a 3 session/week or 5 session/week options. You pick the days to attend. Note Hyland bike paths will be under construction – we will be meeting at Dread Scott Park.

  • Monday, 7:00am: Dread Scott Park, Bloomington , Rollerski
  • Tuesday, 4:30pm: Wirth Park, foot/bike or strength
  • Wednesday, 7:00am: Wirth Park, Rollerski or foot
  • Thursday, 8:00am: cycling workout. Advanced level. Not every week.
  • Thursday, 4:30pm: Wirth Park, foot and strength
  • Friday, 7:00am: Hyland Park Alpine, bounding, foot
  • Weekend: occasional special workouts

Competition Team

Starts June 17, does not run weeks of training camps, lighter schedule 4th of July week. There is a 3 session/week or 7 session/week option.

  • Monday, 7:00am: Dread Scott Park, Bloomington, Rollerski
  • Tuesday, 7:00am: Town of Afton, Rollerski Intensity (occasionally will meet near French Park)
  • Tuesday, 4:30pm: Wirth Trailhead, strength
  • Wednesday, 7:00am: Wirth Park, Rollerski or foot
  • Thursday, 8:00am: Wirth Trailhead, various (on low volume weeks we will NOT meet Thursday AM)
  • Thursday, 4:30pm: Wirth Park, foot and strength
  • Friday, 7:00am: Hyland Park Alpine, bounding, foot
  • Weekend: occasional special workouts

2019 LNR Training Camp Schedule (out of town)

Athletes must be enrolled in Summer LNR (Comp or Devo) in order to attend camps. We do make exceptions if there is capacity, if the athlete is sufficiently prepared, and if the athletes is planning on training with LNR in the fall/winter. Please contact Piotr at bednarski@loppet.org for Devo Team camp questions or Chris Harvey harvey@loppet.org for Comp Team camps.

Special note on camps for parents and athletes- it’s important to come to training camps well rested. Please try not to schedule other trips (eg Boundary Waters) to butt up directly before or immediately after a camp. Having a 2 or 3 day buffer on either side is a really good idea. Training camps are very tiring and athletes need to be healthy and ready for a heavy training volume. Going from an LNR camp directly to a week-long trip in the Rockies, for example, is also not recipe for success :).

LNR Development Team Camps (YOB 2003, 2004, 2005)

  • May Mini Camp: May 10-12 – location TBD, most likely Hayward, WI
  • June Camp: June 10-14 – Lake Owen Resort, Cable WI (5 days)
  • July Camp: July 15-19 – North Shore MN (5 days)
  • August Camp: tentative August 12-15. Location TBA
  • October MEA Camp: Oct 16-20 – Lake Owen Resort, Cable WI (5 days)
  • Thanksgiving On Snow Camp: November 22 – December 1

Other important training camps:
REG Camp: July 7-12. Not a LNR Camp. Must qualify, see CXC website here.
U16 National Camp: July 22-29. Not a LNR Camp. Must qualify at Junior Nationals

About LNR Devo Team Camps – are usually 5 days long and are within 3 – 5 hrs drive from the Minneapolis area. All camps are included in the year round registration fee or anyone participating in the Devo team can sign up for an individual camp. Devo team camps are usually around 20-25 athletes with 4-5 coaches.

LNR Competition Team Camps (YOB 2000, 2001, 2002)

Note that Comp Team Athletes may attend a Development Team Camp.

  • May Mini Camp: May 10-12 – location TBD, most likely Hayward, WI
  • June Camp: June 10-16 – Powder Hound Lodge, Ironwood MI (6 days)
  • July Camp: July 21-31 – Frisco, CO. previous LNR camps required**
  • October MEA Camp: Oct 16-20 – Lake Owen Resort, Cable WI (5 days)
  • Thanksgiving On Snow Camp: November 22 – December 1

Other important training camps:
REG Camp: July 7-12. Not a LNR Camp. Must qualify, see CXC website here.
U16 National Camp: July 22-29. Not a LNR Camp. Must qualify at Junior Nationals

**note for the Frisco Camp: athletes need to be signed up for one additional LNR Summer Camp and LNR Summer Comp Team, and must have approval LNR coaching staff. This is a particularly difficult training camp, so we need to make sure you are well prepared**

About LNR Comp Team Camps – are usually 6 – 10 days in duration and will travel further to seek out new, interesting training opportunities and training partners. Comp team camps are limited to 25 athletes, and most camps fill up every year.