The Best Triathlon Train­ing Camps

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - Contents Volume 8 Issue 6 -

Check out the coaches and venues of the best train­ing camps to jump-start your 2014 race sea­son.

Per­sonal Best

Canada’s orig­i­nal warm-weather triathlon train­ing camp com­pany has more than 25 years of ex­pe­ri­ence help­ing Cana­di­ans of all ages. Triathlon Canada Hall of Fame mem­ber and Olympic coach Bar­rie She­p­ley heads each camp, with sup­port by elite ath­letes. Camps in 2014 will run Satur­day to Satur­day from mid- Fe­bru­ary to May in Tuc­son, Ariz. Ath­letes swim in a 50 m pool, ride on over 500 km of bike-laned roads and run on soft desert trails. New in 2014 will be a July one week Bike and Hike Camp in Italy.

Epic Co-Ed Camp and Epic Woman Camp

Orig­i­nally the brain­child of Iron­man great, Scott Molina, and now run by John New­som and Tara Norton, the world-renowned Epic Camps are de­signed to push al­ready ac­com­plished ath­letes, both am­a­teur and elite, to new phys­i­cal and men­tal heights. Epic Camps are high­mileage swim/ bike/run af­fairs with all three dis­ci­plines ad­dressed daily, but with a fo­cus on bike mileage. Epic Camps are fully sup­ported (in­clud­ing air­port pick up and drop off, accommodation, mas­sage ther­apy, regular meals, train­ing nu­tri­tion and even laun­dry). All ath­letes do is eat, sleep and train. Camps are held reg­u­larly in New Zealand, Hawaii, North Amer­ica and Europe. New­som runs the coed Epic Camps and Norton runs the Epic Woman Camps (Kona and Lan­zarote).

B78 Des­ti­na­tion Camps

Train with Iron­man Canada cham­pion Jasper Blake.

Whistler, B.C. Iron­man Canada Camps

June 27– 29, 2014 and July 4– 6, 2014 Tak­ing place four and three weeks be­fore Iron­man Canada 2014, the goal of the camps is to fa­mil­iar­ize ath­letes with the course as well as share in­valu­able in­for­ma­tion about pac­ing, nu­tri­tion and Iron­man strat­egy. B78 is headed up by Iron­man Canada cham­pion Jasper Blake.

Ber­muda early sea­son camp with B78 and Hu­man Pow­ered rac­ing

Jan. 27– Feb. 2, 21014 Run by B78 and Hu­man Pow­ered Rac­ing, this camp is easy to ac­cess from from east­ern Canada with per­fect train­ing tem­per­a­tures. The camp cov­ers the ba­sic el­e­ments of triathlon with a full range of work­outs dur­ing the week along with a mini sprint triathlon at the end.

NRG Per­for­mance Train­ing Des­ti­na­tion Camps Florida Train­ing Camp

Of­fer­ing two sep­a­rate week­long camps in Cler­mont, Fla., the nrg camps fo­cus on small groups of six to 12 ath­letes led by two coaches. Ath­letes ride quiet rolling ru­ral roads, swim in an out­door 50 m pool and run on dirt or­ange grove trails. In­cluded are: un­der­wa­ter video anal­y­sis, an em­pha­sis on bike han­dling and group riding skills work and home cooked meals. Ev­ery­thing is in­cluded (ex­cept for air­fare).

Nice Train­ing Camp

Now in its 10th-year of pro­vid­ing Euro­pean train­ing camps, nrg will be head­ing to France in May for a nine- day, riding-fo­cused camp. Stay­ing in a four- star ho­tel with easy ac­cess to the moun­tains, Nice, Cannes and the Mediter­ranean, ath­letes will ride seven days for three to five hours with coaches, guides and van sup­port in groups of six to nine ath­letes of com­pa­ra­ble skill. An abil­ity to put long days in the sad­dle is re­quired (not speed). There will be runs off the bike as well and also open wa­ter swims in the Mediter­ranean.

Lifes­port Train­ing Camps

With four train­ing camps in Maui, Hawaii; Banff, Alta.; Mont-Trem­blant, Que.; Vic­to­ria and Whistler, B.C. to choose from, Lifes­port Coach­ing will get you in tip-top shape.

Join pre­vi­ous Olympic and na­tional team coach Philippe Ber­trand up the Haleakala vol­cano, swim in the gen­tle Pa­cific and run on red dirt trails of Maui dur­ing the be­gin­ning of Jan­uary ($795). The Banff, Alta., camp runs in the third week of June and in­cludes a race en­try into the Banff In­ter­na­tional Half Marathon ($395). Do­ing Iron­man Mont-Trem­blant or per­haps 70.3 World Cham­pi­onship next year? Then you will want to join Lifes­port at the end of May ($395) to learn the in­tri­ca­cies of the course and mas­ter the hills. The Vic­to­ria Camp runs dur­ing the sec­ond week in June and cul­mi­nates in the 18th an­nual Sauder’s Subaru Vic­to­ria Triathlon ($595), which you race for free. If you are do­ing Iron­man Canada, you won’t want to miss the July Whistler, B.C., camp ($395).

Most of the camps fea­ture stride and bike po­si­tion anal­y­sis, epic rides, lec­tures on nu­tri­tion, pe­ri­odiza­tion, race preparation and re­cov­ery, as well as swim strate­gies.

All LifeS­port camps are suit­able for the first time Iron­man/ Iron­man 70.3 com­peti­tor and ex­pe­ri­enced ath­letes alike. Travel, meals and accommodation are not in­cluded.

By Suzanne Ze­lazo

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Op­po­site left Thep­er­sonal Best camp in Tuc­son, Ariz. above B78 Whistler, B.C. Iron­man Canada camp bot­tom and op­po­site bot­tom Epic Women Camps in Kona

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