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OWL Training Camp 2009
By:  Danielle McVicar   (2009/06/16)

This past weekend we enjoyed our annual OWL training camp. It was a wonderful weekend filled with lots of training and nice weather.      

We all arrived at OWL Friday afternoon where we did a classic rollerski with some drills. Then we spent the rest of the night eating dinner and watching the Penguins win the Stanley Cup. Saturday morning started off early with a jog followed by a two-hour skate rollerski. We all took a swim in the river following this to get our muscles fresh for the workout in the afternoon. In the afternoon, we did a hard strength circuit that John ‘Slavedriver’ Suuronen set up for us. The rest of the evening we enjoyed OWL’s famous steak dinner and relaxing next to the beach.

Sunday was the long day of training and fun. We started out early rollerskiing to where the top of the river where you start rafting. This rollerski took about an hour and a half. Once arriving at the raft put-in we all quickly changed into our wetsuit and rafting gear and jumped into our sport yaks. Sport yaking is slightly more intense than rafting because it is only two people per boat. Dirk Van Wijk led us down the river fairly quickly. The only ones to end up whitewater swimming were Matthias and Anna. Once ending our 12km whitewater paddle down the Ottawa River. We decided instead of taking the pontoon boat back, which is what people normally do, we would run on shore back. Finally, after the hour run we were back at OWL. We then packed up our tents and headed back to Ottawa.

We would like to give a big thanks to Dirk and Claudia Van Wijk for hosting us at OWL for the weekend. Also, for more information about whitewater rafting/ sport yaking check out the OWL website.

Here are some pictures of the weekend: 
Anna and Megan going for a dip in the water after a workout.

Karl mid way through the strength circuit.

"Wimpy Dips" which was part of the strength circuit was Megan's favorite.

Rollerskiing to rafting.

At the raft put-in.

Karl and Matthias finishing their rollerski.

Karl all geared up to go down the river.

Us on the pontoon boat with Dirk and Katrina Van Wijk.

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