Fiona continues her guide to training camps.
Best for Endurance Training: Club La Santa Long Distance Triathlon Camp
Where: La Santa, Lanzarote
When: 26 Feb – 10 Mar. Beginners Camp: 22-28 Apr; and 26 Aug – 1 Sept
Cost: €230 for 1 week and €330 for 2 weeks. (excludes accommodation and flights). €170 for beginners camp.
For details go to clublasanta.co.uk
A challenging landscape, clean waters and warm climate make this Canary island perfect for preseason endurance training, whether you’re a weathered pro or a longdistance newbie.
“We will be aiming to increase your fitness, while also providing advice on all aspects of triathlon,” say organisers. You’ll be in the expert hands of coaches Ain-Alar Juhanson, (double Ironman Lanzarote winner) and Ben Price, a former national junior triathlon champion and professional triathlete with 20 years of racing under his belt.
For less confident open-water swimmers Club La Santa has its own saltwater lagoon, free of strong currents and waves.
Triathletes will also train in the 50 metre pool and swim part of the famous Ironman swim course in Puerto del Carmen. On and off-road runs will take you through some of the most beautiful parts of the island with some of your run sessions taking place on the resort’s 400m track.
Bike rides, with up to four groups at varying speeds, will take in most of the island including the Ironman course. You’ll need to bring all your own equipment but you can hire a bike direct from Club La Santa (subject to availability).
Triathlon plus offer 10% discount on accommodation for beginners training camp, April 22-28 and August 26-sept 1. Quote code tplus10
Best for team fun: RNR Tri Camp
When: 8-15 May, 2016
Where: Neilson Messini Beachclub, Greece
Cost: From £660pp (or £778pp for two sharing). Includes flights and club board (breakfast, lunch and four evening meals) based on two sharing a standard Twin/double room. Triathlon camp costs an additional £399 per person.
For details go to rnrtricamps.com
If you want an “epic, beaten-into-theground experience”, this isn’t the camp for you,” says Ryan Bowd, co-founder and head of athlete development. “We are a camp for learning, improving, having fun, meeting fantastic people, joining a family (campers call themselves the RnR Massive on Facebook) and working towards achieving your goals.
There is a balance between hard training and a relaxed and fun social element, making it one of the best tri camps and experiences you will ever have.”
The camp welcomes all standards from novice to experienced Ironmen, and goodies include a camp hoody, technical top, hat and OTE Sports nutrition pack (camp partners include Huub, Skechers and OTE Sports).
Coaches include Ryan Bowd, former international age-grouper and multiple Ironman finisher, and Ralph Hydes, head coach and GB competitor at eight world championships in triathlon and duathlon.
The programme covers the essential parts of pre-season triathlon training such as open-water swimming, transition skills, brick workouts, interval workouts, long aerobic workouts, core stability workouts with a fun sprint race to end the week.
Guests will also get a one-to-one coaching session (either swim or run), a coaching consultation and two sport massages.
Triathlon plus offer £99 camp discount for triathlon plus readers until March 31 (plus 15% discount on all 2016 RNR camps). Quote reference: triplus 2016.
Best for one to one coaching: My Pro Coach Long Distance Triathlon Training Camp
When: 23 -28 may, 2016
Where: Blackrock Ski lodge, Chamonix Valley, France
Cost: €999 (approx £745) per person (includes airport transfers, luxury accommodation and meals prepared by a private sports chef).
For details go to myprocoach.net/trainingcamps.
Stunning location, luxury living, one-to-one Ironman coaching, and a chance to live like a pampered professional triathlete for a week – what’s not to like?” says Triathlon Plus coaching editor and Ironman certified coach Phil Mosley.
This long-distance training camp is best suited to those with a half or full Ironman distance on the 2016 calendar. Last year, attendees included the British age-group duathlon champ Samantha Aplin, and Chamonix is a well known training venue for professionals, including the GB elite women’s triathlon team.
“This is Tour de France territory, training at altitude, so you can’t fail to get fit,” he says. The camp includes several famous tour rides including the Col des Aravis (1,468m) and the Col du Forclaz (1,526m) all with support crew and coach.
Open-water swims are in the picturesque Lake Passy, a kilometre-long alpine lake at the foot of Mont Blanc while each participant will get individual swim stroke analysis with Phil, a qualified Swim Smooth coach. Runs involve a scenic riverside run, alpine trail run and lake side brick run. The icing on the cake is a personal sports chef cooking breakfasts, lunches and suppers.
Triathlon plus offer 5% discount if booked before 31 Dec 2015. Quote brpmmay16 when booking.
Best for swim focus: Triathlon Training Spain: Triathlon/ Swim Smooth Camp
Where: Bonalba Hotel, Mutxamel, Alicante, Spain
When: 14-19 mar (further swim and Triathlon camps can be arranged On demand)
Cost: £735. Includes airport transfers, Food and accommodation. Flights not included.
For details go to triathlontrainingspain.com
With iconic bike climbs on the doorstep, a large open air pool and accessible trails for running this is the perfect location to plan your pre-season training camp,” says Martin Hill, TTS co-founder, a BTF level 3 coach and certified Swim Smooth coach.
“The hotel is just 40 minutes from Alicante airport so our clients can be in their rooms and unpacked within an hour of arriving in Spain.”
Camps are technique-based so suit all abilities, although this camp is best suited to
intermediate/long distance triathletes. (The minimum requirements to gain maximum benefits are 400m continuous swimming, three plus hours continuous riding and 40m continuous running). A strict limit on numbers (no more than six triathletes per camp) means a low athlete-to-coach ratio.
“Every program is tailored to individuals – but always includes a Swim Smooth video analysis and a Wattbike assessment – both transferred to DVD so you can continue your development long after leaving us. If someone has a particular area of interest, we adapt accordingly, and focus on each individual’s goals and techniques and tools required in all aspects of swim/bike/run.”
A local physiotherapist works closely with triathletes; the camp includes a free massage to finish.
Triathlon plus offer 5% discount for all training camps booked before the end of February 2016. Enter code triathlonplus when booking.
For Part One of our guide, click here.