The school district will allow us to post a winter training plan for cross country beginning on Wednesday, December 2nd. If the winter conditioning period starts tomorrow and there are no “pauses”, I will post a suggested plan for you to follow if you so desire. There are a few sports who have chosen to be in person for conditioning but we are not going to do that. Your coaching staff felt it would be better for you to have the option of running on trails, parks and traditional running routes as opposed to meeting at assigned times on the track following the guidelines of 5 person pods, mask wearing at all times, screening, etc. During the winter conditioning period we are not allowed to coach or educate so our role would be to supervise only with the above mentioned restrictions. This decision was made in the best interest of everyone involved.
As we have always done in the past, the summer and winter training periods are athlete run. Older athletes get the word out to younger athletes so I am confident that will happen again this winter. One thing you will notice that is different this year (besides the obvious) is that the track will not be open to you. Teams who are meeting in person will have exclusive use of the tracks and fields at IHS and IMS. Please respect their use of the facility as there are restrictions on the number of athletes allowed at any one time.
The training plan that will be posted is meant to help you gain a level of fitness to carry into the xc season which is currently scheduled to begin on March 15th. This season start date has been moved once already. There are no guarantees but I am hopeful that we are on target to begin on that date. You are free to work with outside clubs/coaches if you desire to do so. The winter training plan is optional and meant as a guideline for you to use.
Stay tuned and I will try to post something tomorrow if all goes well!
Stay healthy, positive and do your homework.
We miss you and look forward to seeing you once the season starts.