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My time off is officially over as I’m back out in Calgary for the first dryland camp of the new season. As always, physical testing was first up on the agenda. The various bike, strength, and agility tests were done over two days without much fanfare. Nobody gets too excited about pushing their body to the limit on a stationary bike! The head trainer for the team this year is my old trainer who coached me for a few years while I was on the NCO.

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First team meeting

In the afternoon of our second day of tests we took part in a hot yoga class. I had never done hot yoga before and for anyone who doesn’t know what it is, it’s exactly what it sounds like: yoga in a ridiculously hot room. Within minutes we were all dripping sweat into big puddles on the ground around us. It was possibly one of the more disgusting things I’ve ever done, but it was interesting and we’ll be doing a lot more of it over the summer.

Today was another first as we did a mixed martial arts (MMA) class with Nick “The Promise” Ring. Nick was on the current season of The Ultimate Fighter TV show, and is a pretty damn good fighter. He took us through the basics of punching and kicking and then let us kick and punch each other while wearing big protective pads. It was a good time and we’ll also be doing a bunch of that through the summer.

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The MMA gym

The rest of the week will be more of the same. Gym time, yoga, MMA, biking. This week is more of an orientation week so we all understand the program, rather than a super intense training week.

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Sign outside the construction zone of the new center. Click for larger image.

Good news for Canadian athletes! A new multi-sport athletic center is being built at Canada Olympic Park (COP). All I know is that it’s supposed to be state of the art (apparently even more so than the Centre of Excellence in the States) and is planned to be completed before 2012. Can’t wait!

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Mike Janyk’s Olympic ring. Pretty sweet.