What do you get when you add snow to the Team In Training (TNT) trifecta (great people, training and cause)? A relentless force of snowshoe hikers and cross-country skiers committed to helping researchers deliver life-saving results to blood cancer patients!
This season, TNT takes to the mountains with the Tour of Anchorage Cross-country Ski Marathon in Alaska and the Yosemite Snowshoe Hike event in Yosemite National Park. These events are special once-a-year additions to the program’s core sports: swimming, cycling, running, walking and hiking (sans snow).
Training for a TNT snow event is similar to training for a half or full marathon, triathlon or cycle century ride and involves cardio and strength training training several days a week along with nutrition, gear and injury prevention clinics. In the case of cross-country ski, the team frequents the mountains (typically Tahoe Donner, Royal Gorge and Bear Valley) 6-7 times during the season. And no previous experience is necessary. As seven-time TNT cross-country skier, Ron Lichty says, “You don’t have to know how to ski. About half of the team last year had never been on skis of any kind and all of them cross-country skied at least 25K in Alaska.”
Snowshoe hike training also includes cardio and strength training. Team members enjoy hiking the trails on Mt. Tamalpias and Mt. Diablo, the California Coastal trail in San Francisco and Marin and various parts of the East Bay Regional Park District. The snow comes in on event day, when the team straps on their snowshoes and hikes all over Yosemite, enjoying John Muir’s and Ansel Adams’ winter wonderland.
“It’s an incredibly beautiful and breathtaking experience to be hiking in the snow in Yosemite,” says snowshoe hike alum, Jen Canalin. “The training completely prepares you. It’s no problem at all to simply put on your snowshoes and just go and enjoy.”
So how about it? Get outdoors and delight your senses with a little TNT snow adventure this season.
Drop in and try out a snowshoe hike, cross-country ski or any other sport TNT TEAM training this week or next! Visit http://www.teamintraining.org/sf/firsttimehere/free for a complete list of free workouts. Feel free to call us at 800.78.TRAIN with any questions you may have before you go.