It’s interesting how life works. How one idea can come to mind several times, through a handful of different people or experiences. One day a couple months ago, I was camping at Sparks Lake with Andi and started to think about how I want to spend my life. If I could do anything at all (for a career) tomorrow, what would it be? The answer was closer to the top of my brain than I ever knew.
I’d own a camp. I grew up going to camp, and continued working at camp through college summers, and eventually directed the Adventure Team at a weight loss camp as a graduate student. Camp defined summers for me most of my life. But the types of camps I worked at were always lacking something.. two somethings: healthy nutrition and focused exercise.
I sat there in my camping chair, overlooking Sparks Lake and I dreamed up the camp I would own and direct. I wrote it all out, and I will share it with you. But first I want to share that randomly, I received an email from a woman who belongs to a business called Kabbage, who provides business loans for small businesses. She was requesting that I participate in a blogging initiative and describe my Dream Business Venture.
It is so interesting how life works, isn’t it?
Two nights ago, I had a dream and I was working at my camp. Details of the dream are brief, but the two that stood out are that in my dream I was working in the camp garden, and I named the camp.
The camp was named T-3 Tri Camp. Any triathlete knows that there are only two transitions in a triathlon, and they are referred to as T-1 (Swim-to-Bike) and T-2 (Bike-to-Run). So what was T-3? I believe someone in my dream even asked me this. T-3 was the third transition, much broader and grander than T-1 and T-2. T-3 was the transition that would occur while you attended this camp. A transition in your life, a transition in your goals, your fitness, your skills, your ability, your visions of yourself as a triathlete.
T-3 Tri Camp is a year-round triathlon camp for youth and adults. Sessions will vary from short clinics all the way to 4-week and 8-week sessions. Depending upon the session attended, athletes will have educational components, training sessions, personal coaching, nutrition classes, skills clinics, etc. The camp will employ Sports Nutritionists, Exercise Physiologists, Triathlon Coaches, Exercise Psychologists, Professional Chefs, massage therapists, etc.. We will have representation from all of the major brands of bicycles, hydration systems, footwear, socks, clothing, helmets, wetsuits, swimsuits, goggles, nutrition, etc.
I want this camp to take on the feel of a traditional residential camp, so campers will stay in cabins, and outside electronics will be limited to certain times (accommodating adults who may have outside work or family obligations). I want the focus to be on the components of fitness, training and education that will be provided by top professionals in the industry.
Because sessions will range from brief to all-inclusive, intensive longer-term commitments, the prospective camper will have many options to explore and choose from.
A camp like this will not be inexpensive to attend, as I plan to employ the best of the best I can find. Because I would not have been able to afford to attend a camp like this as a youth, and would have really enjoyed it, I have decided that I would like to offer scholarships at every session and for every age group. Scholarships will be competitive and will involve a detailed application and will be subsidized by sponsorship from some of the major brands in the industry mentioned above.
My love for gardening and the natural foods and the nutrients they provide have woven their way into this dream business venture. I see a lot of endurance athletes relying on supplements, all the way from jellied sugar cubes (Shot Blox) for race day, to protein supplements, electrolyte drink mixes, “meal bars”, etc. I want to bring nutrition and food back together again. So part of the camp will be working in the garden and learning how to grow some of our own foods, how to prepare these foods into healthy meals and race supplements. I want the triathletes who go through my camp to understand their nutritional and hydration needs perfectly.
This is my dream. T-3 Tri Camp. How will your life transition after a session at T-3?