Photos by Matt Trappe
How do you fit in up to two draining practices a day, an Ivy League course load, recovery and the normal social elements of a college student’s life? You just crack on, go all out, all the time and get it done. And no matter what you’re doing, you always make time to have fun.
Central Park affords trail running inside the city, but the need for two-plus-hour trail runs necessitates getting on the bus for a field trip.
To hone their bodies and find an edge over the competition, the team hits the gym. Right-sized doses of functional training help them develop strength, flexibility, power and coordination without adding a single ounce of unnecessary bulk.
They line up side-by-side as teammates, but they master their anticipation, anxiety and fear to push past all limits on their own and find the finish line on the other side of 20+ minutes of pain.
When the race is over there’s time for a deep breath, a smile, a pat on the back, a high five. The dramatic inflection points within the race are relived. What went well. What went poorly. What can be improved for the next race. The effort of competition is over but recovery begins immediately. There will be practice tomorrow, and beyond that, another chance to go deeper.