This one-day clinic is designed to introduce athletes of all abilities to competitive snowshoe racing and also to make seasoned racers' experiences more positive and rewarding.No experience required� All levels are welcome. If you can run (or walk) you can race snowshoes. Come try the fastest growing winter sport! Learn the art of snowshoe racing from national champion Laurie Lambert. A current and three-time member of the United States Snowshoe Team, Laurie has raced extensively all over the North America and Europe, is a World Champion Bronze Medalist, and a Senior-rated Snowshoe Instructor. This promises to be a fun-filled weekend jam-packed with information as Laurie teaches you everything (yes, everything!) you need to know to about snowshoe running and racing: � Gear Selection � Technique � Training Tips � Racing Tips � and much, much more!Whether you aspire to cross-train for another sport, get into fantastic shape or compete in the 2013 Low O2 Challenge Race*, Jan. 27, 2012 at Enchanted Forest, come join us for a weekend like no other!*New Mexico Regional Qualifier for the 2013 U.S. Snowshoe Nationals March 15 � 17 in Bend, OregonJust Say YES to Snowshoeing!From Laurie:We will start with the various types of snowshoes available and the advantages and disadvantages of each, as well as regulation sizing for sanctioned races. This section includes knowing the parts of the snowshoe and how to choose it and wear it for peak performance. (i.e. ideal foot placement for maximum energy transfer, cinching down, etc.) It includes cleat/crampon assessment for snow conditions, poles vs. no poles, and binding options.This section covers shoe and gear selection as well: Everything from hydration systems to compression tights to scrunching your race number to lessen the sail effect, as well as the ever-important clothing choices to avoid hypothermia or overheating.We will cover tips on warming up and what muscles are especially taxed with snowshoe running (vs.running w/o snowshoes) how to avoid injury by strengthening those areas as well as performing specific exercises to loosen up. We will also spend time analyzing individual technique for awareness in dropping the arms, relaxing the hands, and opening the lungs. Nutrition: Eating for success and when to refuel (or not) during a workout or race. Fine-tuning and timing of caffeine, performance decline due to minimal dehydration, etc. I will share every race day tip: how early to warm up and a strategy for the two hours prior to the gun, carving out your starting position, how to not get 'stuffed' in the single-track, passing rules/etiquette, and knowing the race course. (An overview of U.S. Snowshoe Racing courses will be included.)We will also focus on preparing one's body to become a racing body. Whether someone uses it to race or not, the goal is to master the vehicle. Everyone will leave with all the tools (and cheerleading!) necessary to take their body from beginner to intermediate, intermediate to advanced, or advanced to expert. From tempo runs to embracing hill workouts, the zen of snowshoe running is laid out for the taking. We will cover the many strategies for inclines/ascents, cleating for off-camber running, downhill techniques (including glissades) and pacing according to a specific course. Reliable workouts will be given to progress to desired goals of the season and we of course will partake of at least several short group runs on varying terrain in order to practice technique and settle into the rhythm of snowshoe running.