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Next Level Endurance Announce Winter Training Camp in Scottsdale, AZ


Mimi Stockton, 5x XTERRA Age Group World Champ, author of the Couch to Trail series on XTERRAplanet.com, and her partner, SheriAnne Little, at Next Level Endurance will be hosting a swim and mountain biking camp in Scottsdale, Arizona from February 14th – 17th.

DirtTRI is happy to share specifics of what can be expected at the camp. It looks like a good one, maybe we will drop in. 

Find our interview with Mimi and SheriAnne below.

Interview

DirtTRI: What level of athlete is the camp best suited for?

Mimi: The camp is open to all levels.  We are able to do this because we will have multiple coaches on-site.  We welcome beginners because we want to introduce them to the joys of off-road racing, and we also welcome intermediate and even advanced off-road racers and enthusiasts.  For the mountain bike clinic, the more experienced bikers will be separated into a different group to allow to work on more advanced skills.  We decided to focus only on the swim and mountain bike portions of off-road racing because these two areas are the most technically demanding and require more skill and proficiency.  

DirtTRI: Will the swim and bike activities be more technique focused or fitness or both?

Mimi: Definitely both.  For the two-day swim clinic, we will have some lecture periods, several swim video analyses for each individual, with the main focus being on learning proper swim technique.  We will also mix in some swim workouts.  Furthermore, we will have an optional strength analysis by EVO Ultrafit.  For the mountain bike clinic, we will also focus on mountain bike skill and technique and the importance of it to becoming a faster, more confident rider.  Half the day will be spent on skill development with the latter half spent on riding the trails and testing out those skills.  

DirtTRI: How many athletes are you taking?

SheriAnne: We can accommodate 12 athletes.

DirtTRI: What is the cost of the camp?

Mimi: You can sign up for just the swim clinic or just the mountain bike clinic or you can sign up for both.  The swim clinic is $295.  The mountain bike clinic is $150.  If you sign up for both, the cost is $400.  

DirtTRI: Why did you choose Scottsdale for your camp?

SheriAnne: Besides being an area of sheer beauty, it offers everything necessary for a successful off-road camp: Perfect weather, beautiful scenery, and an abundance of trails. We chose to have our camp based at the Arizona Grand Resort because they have a lap pool for our use and South Mountain is right in it’s backyard.  I am from Scottsdale and ride South Mountain frequently.  It offers a plethora of amazing mountain bike trails.  The trails run the gamut from beginner flow trails to very technical, rocky downhills.  There is a wide variety of terrain for all levels.   They are more rocky than rooty (this is the desert after all) and there are plenty of hills to climb for a great workout.  

DirtTRI: What is your plan if the weather turns bad?

SheriAnne: We will press on!  We race in cold, we race in rain, we race in cold rain.  That’s the XTERRA way.  #Livemore

DirtTRI: What about lodging?

Mimi: We have reserved a block of rooms at the Arizona Grand Resort.  We have been given a special rate of $249/night (normal rates at this time of year are $400+).  Of course, if this does not suit you, you may stay elsewhere.  

DirtTRI: What does a typical day at the camp look like?

Mimi: Check out our website camp page for all the details and a full itinerary: https://nextlevelendurance.net/camps/

DirtTRI: What are some of your accolades and accomplishments that warrant you being the lead of a camp like this?

Mimi: I have been racing XTERRA for 10 years and have raced all over the world.  I am also a 5-time XTERRA Age Group World Champion.  I am a certified Total Immersion Swim Instructor, an ICP Level 1 Mountain Bike Instructor and a USAT Level 1 Certified Coach. SheriAnne also has many years of racing Ironman (has qualified for Kona), off-road triathlon and mountain bike races under her belt.  We both have been coaching both off-road and on-road athletes for many years and understand what it takes to be successful, both mentally and physically. 

Scottsdale Mountain Biking

Next Level Endurance Off-Road Training Camp: 

https://nextlevelendurance.net/camps

Here are some more details:

When: February 14 – February 17, 2020 

Where: The Arizona Grand Resort in Scottsdale, AZ

CAMP ITINERARY

EFFORTLESS SWIM CLINIC: 

FRIDAY – 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

SATURDAY – 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

FRIDAY 

  • 7:00 – 8:00 am – Optional EVO Ultrafit Workout Introduction 
  • 8:00 am – Meet at pool deck; Introductions and itinerary for the day
  • 8:15 am to 10:15 am – Group instruction in the pool (1st video)
  • 10:30 am to 1:30 pm – Video analysis, classroom instruction, lunch
  • 2 pm to 3:30 pm – Group instruction in the pool 
  • 3:30 pm to 4 pm – Questions and Wrap up

SATURDAY

  • 7:00 – 8:00 am – Optional EVO Ultrafit Workout Introduction 
  • 10:00 am – Meet at pool deck; Go over itinerary for the day
  • 10:30 pm – 12:00 pm –  Group instruction in the pool 
  • 12 pm – 12:30pm – Rest/Lunch
  • 12:45 pm – 1:45 pm – Final group instruction in the pool and final video
  • 2:00 – 3:00 Final video review and wrap up

MOUNTAIN BIKE CLINIC: 

Sunday – 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Monday – Optional Trail Ride – 9:00 AM

SUNDAY

  • 9:00  Meet your instructor  | Arrival at course venue + equipment check
  • 9:00 – 9:15 Introductions
  • 9:15 – 9:45 Short ride to assess skills
  • 9:45 – 12:15 Skills & drills | Learn, learn, learn
  • 12:15 – 1:15  Break for Lunch
  • 1:15 – 2:00 Review Fundamentals | Review Plan for the afternoon Beginner – Focus on putting it all together; Intermediate/Advanced – Focus on High-speed cornering, Switchbacks, Drops, Tackling obstacles, Technical climbing & Descending
  • 2:00 – 4:30 Take it to the trail | Apply what you’ve learned
  • 4:30 – 5:00 Review and Questions

MONDAY 

7:00 – 8:00 am – Optional EVO Ultrafit Workout Introduction 

9:00 – Meet at Trailhead and Let’s Go Ride!


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Jimmy Archer

Founder and Editor at DirtTRI.com. Jimmy has been a professional athlete for over 18 years as a runner, cyclist, mountain biker, cross country skier, and primarily, triathlete. Jimmy has a degree in exercise science from the University of Colorado and is a USA Triathlon and USA Cycling certified coach. Jimmy became a freelance writer in 2000 while competing and covering the ITU Winter Triathlon World Championship. Since that time Jimmy has been head editor at two magazines, been published in numerous publications within the endurance sport, recreation, and travel segments. Currently Jimmy is competing professionally in off-road multisport. In his spare time Jimmy passionately follows Formula 1, Moto GP, and is an avid cook.

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