• Alli Koch

Real Training, Real Racing; Virtual Camaraderie

There are plenty of reasons to feel demotivated right now. Some of you may have had your race or training plan derailed, and I think many of us are a bit overwhelmed by all of the changes in life outside of sports. But we're thrilled to see Paragon athletes doing what they can, when they can! We can keep our solid foundation, even if our races are now months away. As Coach Mark reminds us, aerobic base work can never be overrated.


When COVID-19 separates us, technology brings us together. Our Team Paragon members are competing in the First Annual (And Hopefully Last-Ever) Virtual Virus Relays. Week 1 included 4x800 Meter Relay Teams. Each team members had 1 week to complete an 800 M run. At the conclusion of the week, we tallied every team's total time. Six relay teams had a full showing! And another 18 people ran their 800 M leg. That means 42 people got out—or stayed in on the treadmill—to run a part of a virtual relay! Congratulations to Coach Mark Saroni, Carlos Velez, Paul Wilson, and Isaiah York for running the winning relay. For every team that has all of their members complete the races, Paragon Training will donate an extra $5 to our fundraising campaign. Week 2 will include a 4x1 Mile Relay.



A number of Paragon Training athletes joined our Zwift Meet Ups last week. On Saturday morning, we had various athletes competing in a Zwift Virtual Race after a long warm up ride together. Coach Jerett Gordon, Coach Mark Saroni, Iram Lee, Brad Bellamy, Andrew Logsdon, and Lexa Rijos raced the 3R Innsbruck Flat Race (which wasn’t so flat). If you are not familiar with Zwift, it is a great option for indoor cycling. We have more rides and races as a team coming up next week, so stay tuned.



We are also in the middle of our Strava Fundraising Challenge. Last week, our Strava Club members logged a total of 407 hours! For the remainder of the month, we challenge you to log as much time on Strava as you can. Our goal is to get to a total of 1,000 hours. Paragon Training will donate $0.25 to the World Health Organization (WHO)* for every hour anyone on the Strava Club swims, bikes, or runs. However you choose to train during these next few weeks, know that you’ll be supporting the worldwide effort to control COVID-19. Join our Strava Club if you are not yet involved!



*The World Health Organization (WHO) is the United Nations’ Public Health agency. They’ve stated a need of $675 million to help countries prevent, detect, and control the spread of COVID-19. https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/donate



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