February 23, 2008 (Victoria, BC) – On the first day of a training camp in Victoria aimed at following up on the initial fitness tests done last November, some excellent lab test results were achieved. All of the riders who were in for follow-up tests had progressed over the winter despite the frosty weather conditions around the province, and a number of new riders impressed with their determination and fitness.
Lab tests are being done by Wendy Pethick at the CSC-Pacific Lab at the University of Victoria, and the riders are also having Functional Assessments done by a Physiotherapist to try to keep injury problems to a minimum during the competitive season. Two seminars are scheduled for the evenings, with Dr. Ben Sporer talking about the effect of training and analysis of test results and Susan Boegman, a Registered Dietician, talking about effective eating for performance. This is all part of a strategy to teach the riders how to look after themselves and keep themselves in the best shape possible, so that they are prepared for the demands of life as a cyclist in the future.
As the race season is set to begin, things are looking good for the BC Juniors, and we look forward to seeing all of our athletes hit the roads, track, and mountains soon!