Challenge Tri Camp
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Andrew Bailey
Andrew Bailey
2019-09-18T08:05:59+0000
I was due to go on my first triathlon training camp with Challenge Tri Camp in early 2019 and lost my father suddenly just before Christmas 2018. It threw out my training and hit me really hard. My wife and daughter were incredible in supporting me and I contacted Nick Dunn and his team to explain the situation to see if I could cancel or defer to 2020. Unfortunately travel insurance didn’t count in this situation because I hadn’t yet left the U.K. The airline, bike hire and car rental company were all amazing and given the specific reason for the trip, they all cancelled with a full refund even going outside of their normal terms. Sadly even though Challenge Tri Camp are in the human performance business they were not quite as sympathetic or understanding. After lots of push back and emails whilst I was also dealing with the loss, I’ve had nothing back at all. I’d paid nearly £1,000 in full and was offered £150 towards a 2020 camp or a 1 day training session in the U.K. They have refused to refund anything. I realise there are accommodation costs to cover that may or may not have been used by someone else but the total lack of understanding, no sympathy or understanding in a human performance business, in my opinion speaks volumes. I successfully got myself back on track later in the year and competed in a couple of triathlons in 2019 and I’ve booked elsewhere for a 2020 camp to work with a team that focus on everything about a person.read more
Nicolas Weng Kan
Nicolas Weng Kan
2019-08-06T19:38:43+0000
I was initiated to triathlon by Nick and his team. I will never forget that experience. Without them I don’t think I would have achieved my first Half Ironman race. 7 years later I am still at it so they must be doing something rightread more
Jose Candido Affonseca Netto
Jose Candido Affonseca Netto
2019-07-23T19:07:35+0000
I’ve been there twice and will definitely join again. Nice people, great place, amazing food and beautiful and safe routes. Everything we need for an active holiday. Truly recommend!read more
Kevin McCloskey
Kevin McCloskey
2019-07-16T07:09:01+0000
Very good weeks training. Great support & coaching with feedback. Hotel very good offering all the facilities req with a 25m pool + beach & sea just across the road. We have made great friends through Challenge Tri & will be back for more.read more
Julie Dell
Julie Dell
2019-07-02T14:47:33+0000
I was pretty apprehensive about my first camp in 2018, particularly as I was recovering from injury and couldn't swim! But everyone was really welcoming, friendly, inclusive and encouraging - coaches and athletes alike. Loved every minute of it, went back in 2019, fully intending to return again in 2020.read more
Heather Phillips
Heather Phillips
2019-06-30T09:58:55+0000
Really enjoyed my first camp. Great atmosphere and friendly group. Coaching was first class and catered for all abilities. The sunshine was a bonus 😀read more
Sharon Black
Sharon Black
2019-03-17T08:29:33+0000
Having ‘dabbled’ in sprint Triathlons for the last 3 years, with the support of my Tri club coaches and friends, I decided to enter the Cotswold 113. Attending this Challenge Tri Camp was part of my plan to see how far I could actually push myself. I have to say that it has been invaluable in my development both psychologically and physiologically. The coaches were really supportive throughout the week and they helped me to make some very important changes to my technique; I found the swim analysis particularly helpful and informative. I overcame feelings of significant fatigue to train hard again day after day and I now feel more confident in my ability to succeed. I definitely recommend this camp and this company. Thank you Team Challenge Tri Camp, I do hope I will do you proud in my 2019 race season.read more
Victoria Marshall
Victoria Marshall
2019-03-16T11:28:34+0000
This was my first training camp and I had the most amazing time! The coaches really adapted to the different abilities
Carol Mathews
Carol Mathews
2019-03-01T16:57:08+0000
Well organised, friendly and supportive, caters for all abilities.
Lulu Ritchie
Lulu Ritchie
2019-02-24T21:32:26+0000
My top reasons why i’ll be returning to a TriCamp 1. I was encouraged to physically and mentally push myself 10x harder than I would training alone 2. The hotel is absolutely PERFECT for sport lovers with its private equipped bike garage, 25m saline pool and free laundry 3. The coaches train elite athletes so I really felt the depth of their expertise. Plus their advice was tailored to each individual- nothing felt cookie-cutter 4. That endless buffet.....dreamy! 5. Each training session is imaginative, fun, challenging and you get to really drink-in Mallorca 6. If you rent a bike it’s hanging serviced and ready in the garage- the key is waiting at reception 7. There’s rollers in the gym, icebaths and saunas in the spa and ice for injuries 8. The people- 14 strangers to 14 friends in a week Thank you Brent, Helen, Mark and Bernat- you really gave 100%read more
Vito PeTo
Vito PeTo
2019-02-24T20:00:45+0000
I had an amazing week with challenge Tri Camp in Mallorca. I have improved myself a lot in cycling. Coaches were always next to us, they are all very nice and they never leave you behind:-) . We trained the 3 sports: swimming (even with recorded video to correct the technic) , with wetsuit in the pool and in open water. Cycling in different routes (hills, time trial,...), running techniques (stairs, trail,...), core lessons... , a very completed triathlon week adapt to all levels. The coaches are wonderful!! Thanks to Mark, Bernat, Brent and Helen for your advices and professionalism !! All the triathletes were also great, we spent a very good time all together and I Look forward to seeing you soon in challenge tri camp!!take care, Best regards, Victoriaread more
Jessica Phillips
Jessica Phillips
2019-02-23T16:25:51+0000
A great tri camp for people of all abilities. Brent thank you for your great organisation, Helen thank you for your kind patience and Mark thank you for your constant encouragement!read more
Angela Dolan
Angela Dolan
2019-02-23T10:38:53+0000
The first triathlon camp I’ve been on it totally exceeded my expectations. The coaches were all amazing & the atmosphere in the group was welcoming & friendly. Can’t fault it at all spot on ❤️ looking forward to going back next year 🎉💪read more
Gemma Royles
Gemma Royles
2019-01-27T20:47:28+0000
Fantastic day at Tri Camp Coaching Clinic today . Reminds me why I love these guys so much. Very knowledgeable in all areas, brilliant feedback and always FUN! Thanks guys can’t wait to see you In Mallorca soon 😎😎😎read more
David Dutton
David Dutton
2019-01-26T17:51:33+0000
A fantastic fun day made even better by awesome coaches. I learned a huge amount. Thank you so very much. I WILL be back 👍read more
Guy Orridge
Guy Orridge
2018-12-25T11:58:54+0000
Great experience, wonderful patient coaches and nice to met some new people over in Mallorca. The training was adapted to each individual and I certainly got a lot out of my week with Tri Camp. Would not hesitate to recommend The team.read more
Hamilton Huxham
Hamilton Huxham
2018-12-20T11:28:05+0000
The great thing about Challenge Tri Camp is the people that run it!! So not only do you get to do all the things you love ie swim, bike, run and eat cake in my case but you get treated like one of the family. Furthermore the facilities are top notch and the location is perfect for all your triathlon needs.read more
Jay Rocky
Jay Rocky
2018-12-01T11:33:06+0000
Great crew of coaches, great and diverse athlete groups, great sports hotel with great buffet (incl. vegan options ;) ) on paradise island Mallorca. The perfect mix for fantastic and fun training camps - I have been on 3 so far and will continue to do so.read more
Nicola Heaton
Nicola Heaton
2018-11-24T21:03:53+0000
I have been on three camps now and have had coaching from Nick. I was apprehensive about my first camp as I was unsure of whether I would be good enough but I need not have worried as all abilities are catered for. The coaching and feedback are brilliant and I have got so much faster from taking it all on board! Facilities, hotel and food are all great and I have spent a week with a lovely bunch of like minded people each time. I'm already booked on for 2019 and am looking forward to it!read more
Jo Acha
Jo Acha
2018-11-24T16:32:10+0000
We have just booked Challenge Tri Camp for the third year running. What was a birthday treat has now become a kickstart to our triathlon season. So what is making us come back year on year, well when you love to swim, bike, run you get to do that every day! Making friends with other crazy people who like to do the same! Challenge Tri Camp caters for all levels of abilities from complete novices to age groupers. The coaching team are friendly and approachable. They have a wealth of triathlon knowledge and there is always something new to learn. The hotel, location and facilities are great. It’s amazing how fast a week can fly by, you come home absolutely shattered but motivated for the season ahead.read more
Natasha Marianna McLaren
Natasha Marianna McLaren
2018-11-23T19:57:46+0000
Great experience, wonderful coaches, chance to meet lots of new training buddies and got to do what I love best swim bike run all day everyday. loads of fun, thanks Challenge Tri would most definitely recommendread more
Karen Murphy
Karen Murphy
2018-11-23T07:27:02+0000
Challenge Tri camp was my first experience of a triathlon training camp and I can honestly say I couldn’t have had a better experience. The coaches are professional welcoming and really take the time to get to know your needs and plan accordingly. I enjoyed my first week so much I booked a second week and plan to go back next year. I learnt a lot and improved in all three disciplines and can say the camp definitely contributed to my improved performance this season. Special thanks to Nick who spent time in the sea giving me one to one coaching to help me get over my fear of open water and also Jacqui who helped me get more confident in group bike riding in Mallorca and Kat who beasts me on a daily basis 😁read more
Angela Wallis
Angela Wallis
2018-11-22T21:33:39+0000
I’ve signed up for my 4th camp for 2019 and am looking forward to it already. Each has been better than the last All the sessions are tailored to individuals and everyone can go at the right pace for them whilst building fitness and improving techniques. It’s a great way to start the season and build your fitness. The hotel and accommodation is excellent too. Highly recommended.read more
Paul Moore
Paul Moore
2018-11-22T14:51:41+0000
I’ve done Triathlon and high level sport for years. I like starting my season with a TriCamp as the mix of high level coaching and other like minded athletes gives me a great boost. The social element make it a great mix 👍🏻read more

The 2019 Race Season by Barbara Holmes

The 2019 Race Season blog by Barbara Holmes 

Barbara is coached by joint head coach at Challenge Tri Camp, Nick Dunn. Barbara and Nick have a very strong athlete – coach relationship, Barbara has been coached by Nick now for 5 years, and during this time the partnership has had great success both domestically and internationally, this year has been a different year for Barbara read her blog below:-
  
The start of the race season started as it has for the past few years – with a week’s training in Playa de Muro, Mallorca with Challenge Tri Camp. This has become my perfect way to kick start the season with a boost to my confidence and fitness. It’s great to meet up with the friendly team and athletes in Mallorca to re-energise and focus. The added bonus this year was entering the Mallorca 312 Sportive with the team. We completed the sportive on the last day of training camp, and it turned out to be a fabulous day. 

I had decided that 2019 might be my last year of Triathlon racing, as I turn 60. So with that in mind I planned to have a go at an iconic 70.3 race and concentrate only on the British Champs and ITU World Champs.   It was refreshing to see my calendar quite empty of the typical ‘qualification events’ which freed me up more for training and to focus on my A Races.

When at Challenge Tri camp in April, I caught up with Nick to talk about goals and aspirations.  The bombshell that I had kept quiet about entering was Ironman 70.3 Hawaii.  When I told Nick of my plans to race a 70.3 in Hawaii then in the following two weeks race the British Age Group Championships at both Standard and Sprint distance, Nick’s words were ‘let’s get on – there’s work to be done’!

I had chosen Hawaii 70.3 as I have always wanted to race in the ‘birthplace of Ironman’ but I knew full Ironman would always be a step too far for me, I also much prefer non wetsuit swims, and warmer climates for racing. I sold it to my husband as a holiday in paradise!!  We did love the setting for a few days relaxing. For the race itself  the swim was glorious, the bike went well until about two-thirds in, but the run was difficult in the heat and showed my weakness – something I still need to master.   2nd place female in F60-64 gained me a slot to the 70.3 World Championships Nice later in the year.

We flew home with just a few days to regain composure and get over to Leeds for the Standard Distance Age-group British Championships.  Leeds has never been my favourite race – that first horrific year in 2016 still haunts me and I find it cold and a logistical nightmare.  Thankfully this year all went a little smoother and I came away with British Champ F60-64.   The added bonus was that this gave me qualification to 2020 ITU Worlds (just in case I change my mind about retiring).

There was no let up with the following weekend being the Sprint Distance AG British Championships in Nottingham.  The Challenge Tri Camp Team had organised a familiarisation day and I took full advantage of it.  The run through, tips and bike course practise were excellent race prep not just for me but for all those who came along on the day.  I was secretly pleased to find the swim was cancelled due to the heavy rains. Even though the swim is one of my strengths, I just did not relish a swim in the gushing cold River Trent that weekend.
It was again pleasing to get British Champ F60-64 and again qualification to 2020 ITU Worlds.   

So 3 weeks, 3 races, 3 distances and 3 podiums.  Very satisfying but time for a rest!   The rest was forced upon me with a 3 week course of Radiotherapy and 2 week recovery. Not being able to train did hit me hard and it was a battle not to lose my confidence and motivation. I was thankful to get back to work and gradually pick up the training. Throughout all this unconventional season  Coach Nick has been superb and supported me all the way, keeping me on track and getting me back to form.

I must admit I wasn’t  happy when Nick suggested I do a Standard race before my A Races Aug/Sept and so I reluctantly entered Salford Tri. The day arrived and it was a relentless downpour – but I got on with it to see where I was, after all I had been through.   So now we are on the countdown to 3 final races for the year, including my A Races – all within the space of a week.  I have ITU Worlds Sprint and Standard in Lausanne and IM 70.3 Worlds in Nice.   A bit like buses – none for ages, then they all come at once!  I am thankful that Challenge Tri Camp have come up trumps with lots of course familiarisation videos and detail. The extra knowledge has helped with my race prep and training to get me physically and mentally prepared.

This has been such a fantastic year so far despite the unavoidable complications. It reminds me that I love triathlon and I love competing.  I am always grateful to the team at Challenge Tri Camp for their unfailing support in getting me ready for race day. 
 
Added by the Challenge Tri Camp team, not only is Barbara a fantastic athlete and a great ambassador for the sport of triathlon she is all a lovely, kind and warm person, and is one of the most supportive people to other athletes that are just starting out in triathlon.  From Helen, Brent, Nick 

New to triathlon or done more events than you can remember and looking for support and a team to be apart of, then why not join our race team, its open to all, no matter where you are on your triathlon journey and offers a full range of benefits.  Join our race team.

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