Win­ter Get­aways

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - Features - BY TMC STAFF

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

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