There’s nothing like a destination race or training camp to keep you motivated and give you a much needed break from the winter months. We offer up two destination races and four training camps to look forward to this winter.
Face it, by the time you get to February you are going to be ready for a
break from our Canadian winter. There’s only so long you can stay motivated hammering out hours and hours on the trainer, enduring cold running efforts through the snow and having your hair freeze between the pool and the parking lot.
The solution? A winter getaway. Something to look forward to throughout the winter that will keep you inspired and training hard as you gear up for a big 2019. With that in mind, we offer up this list of race destinations and training camps, one of which is sure to pique your interest.
WTS BERMUDA April 28–29, 2019 bermuda.triathlon.org
Just a few hours flight from Toronto, Bermuda is a tiny island that has a rich history of triathlon racing and training. In addition to taking in the opportunity to watch some of the world’s best athletes, heading to WTS Bermuda for either the sprint- or standard-distance races will give you a great chance to kick off your race season in style. The swim in the beautiful blue waters of the Atlantic is followed by a challenging bike course and a picturesque run along Hamilton’s Front Street.
In 2021 Bermuda will also host the ITU Grand Final event, so a trip for an early-season race-cation can also serve as a chance to preview the world championship course.
IRONMAN 70.3 COLOMBO Sri Lanka, Feb. 24, 2019 ironman.com/triathlon/events/asiapac/ironman-70.3/colombo.aspx
Set in Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo, Ironman 70.3 Sri Lanka offers you the chance to take in a hot-weather race in one of the world’s most exotic tourist destinations. You’re pretty much guaranteed race day temperatures that will reach the 30s, but believe it or not, it’s likely one of the cooler Ironman events you’ll find in Asia.
As part of a special Women for Tri initiative, the race is offering a 25 per cent discount on women’s entries, along with an additional 25 women’s qualifying spots for the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Nice, France, too.
As fun as the race might be, heading to the race offers up the chance to tour the exotic, tearshaped island that’s just south of India. Beautiful beaches, vibrant culture, exotic scenery and wildlife, along with rich history are all draws that make a trip to the spectacular island a oneof-a-kind experience.
BERMUDA TRIATHLON CAMP Feb. 22–March 2, 2019 b78.is
Hosted by B78 (head coach Jasper Blake) and Human Powered Racing (Mike Neill), this unique camp will be held for the ninth year in 2019. While most of the participants are local Bermudans, Canadian campers are welcome and are often put up by local triathletes in “homestays.” The camp training sessions happen in the early morning and in the evenings (Saturday and Sunday are full training days), leaving days free to explore the beautiful island’s pink sand beaches and unique historical sites.
NRG Feb. 9–16 and Feb. 23 & March 2, 2019 nrgpt.com
This fully-catered camp organized by NRG Performance Training (head coach Nigel Gray) includes two different weeks of training. The first week is geared toward beginner to intermediate athletes, while the second week is for intermediate-to-advanced participants. Athletes stay in beautiful houses alongside a golf course and lots of personalized coaching that includes underwater video analysis and customized training during the week.
LPC FLORIDA TRI CAMP March 2–9, 2019 loaringpersonalcoaching.com
With accommodations at Emerald Island Resort, just three miles from Walt Disney World, the LPC camp offers a great opportunity to combine training and a holiday for the rest of the family and friends, who can enjoy the various attractions and shopping destinations. Last year’s camp filled to capacity with 55 athletes (along with eight coaches) of varying abilities who enjoyed the challenging training and coaching.
BART COACHING TUCSON TRAINING CAMP March 25–April 1, 2019 bartcoaching.wordpress.com
Now entering its fourth year, this VIP experience camp features bikes provided by Argon18, a pool nearby the full-service resort and lots of specialized coaching. Head coach Bart Rolet is a certified Swim Smooth coach and leads the swim sessions, three coaches lead the bike sessions and Jerome Faverial, a level 3 NCCP coach, oversees the run sessions. Next year’s camp will share some sessions with the Wattie Ink. tri group, which will feature regular Kona top finisher Heather Jackson.—TMC
LEFT AND BELOW WTS Bermuda
TOP RIGHT Ironman 70.3 Colombo
LEFT AND BELOW Bermuda Triathlon Camp
RIGHT AND FAR RIGHT NRG Florida Camp
OPPOSTIE BOTTOM, BELOW AND RIGHT LPC Florida Tri Camp