August 20, 2000
From Monday, August 21st to Thursday, August 24th, the IU women's cross country team will hold practice amidst the lakes and forests of Shakamak State Park in Jasonville, Indiana. Following four days of training, discussing group goals, and establishing personal outlooks, the women hope to 'emerge from the woods' with a clear team and individual focus.
Goals can only be reached when they are set. Last season saw the Hoosiers make the single largest improvement by any team at the Big Ten Championship since 1994; in 2000, the women's team is aiming for an NCAA bid. Yet, Bogenschutz realizes that in order to qualify as a team, each runner must be on the same level, both physically and mentally.
Bogenschutz has been able to observe the team's physical capabilities and was very encouraged during last week's practices. Now, she will use the camp to ensure that her runners are mentally prepared as well.
"We're going to take some time to really concentrate on what our goals are for this year: team and individual. We'll talk about the season, practices, weight training, life outside of cross country, getting enough sleep, and proper nutrition. We'll discuss what each person's strengths and weaknesses are and how we are going to train them."
One week after their return, the season will begin on Sept. 1 as the Hoosiers will host the Sam Bell Invitational. Throughout this season, we will see if the time spent at Shakamak State Park will pay off.
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