DATES & LOCATIONS: Spring/Summer 2021 (TBD, British Columbia, Canada);
Fall 2021 (Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada)
ACTIVITIES: Mental (Psychological) Skills Training, Trail Running, Mountain Biking
COST*: Part 1 :$350 (CAD); Part 2: $450 (CAD) ; Entire Week: $800 (CAD)
*Does not include: meals, transportation, accommodation, or equipment rental
This two-part Blended Working style training week is designed to provide endurance sport athletes with a range of mental (psychological) skills that address the specific challenges related to individual and team-based endurance sports. The focus is on developing mental skills in the evenings while still allowing time for participants to work (remotely) at their job (up to 8 hours each weekday) and get outdoors for group trail running and/or mountain biking during the day. Participants who are not working during the camp will have the option to further explore their surroundings during the designated work hours.
PART 1 - INDIVIDUAL MENTAL SKILLS (Sunday afternoon to Wednesday afternoon )
Every endurance athlete knows that the mental aspect of racing is often one of the most challenging. During Part 1 of this training camp participants will learn how to apply a variety of mental skills in an endurance racing context. There will be group training options available twice a day for participants to take an extended break from their job. Remote work location options include: individuals' hotel rooms, local cafes, or any other location suitable for getting their work done. Suitable for ultra runners, endurance MTB racers, OCR racers, adventure racers, bikepackers, and any other endurance based athletes.
PART 2 - TEAMWORK AND MENTAL SKILLS IN A TEAM ENVIRONMENT (Wednesday evening to Sunday afternoon)
It’s one thing to be able to manage yourself when competing solo in an endurance racing context. But it’s an entirely different thing to be able to work with teammates and use your collective mental skills effectively when racing in a team context. During Part 2 of this training camp the weekdays will follow the same structure as Part 1 while focusing on teamwork and learning how to apply a variety of mental skills in a team-based endurance racing context. On Saturday, participants will get a chance to test out what they've learned about teamwork and using mental skills during a full day of outdoor group training. On Sunday, we will focus on specific scenarios where teamwork is critical (transitions, making decisions, dealing with setbacks or injuries, etc.). Suitable for adventure racers and any other team-based endurance athletes. Open to teams or individuals - Discount available for teams of 2 or more. We highly recommend that participants in Part 2 also enroll in Part 1 in order to have a better understanding of the concepts that will be covered.
Course Instructor: James Galipeau, PhD.
James has a Master’s Degree in Sport Psychology and a Doctorate Degree in Education. He has conducted research on learning in sports teams and other small groups, as well as studying the mental skills used by adventure racers. Over the past 15 years he has competed in numerous endurance-based sports including: adventure races, ultramarathons, multi-day mountain bike races, canoe marathons, multi-day cross-country skiing events, and snowshoe marathons. He has raced in over 25 expedition-length adventure races - including 5 Adventure Racing World Championships - and has been on the podium in 5 Adventure Racing World Series Events.