Challenge Tri Camp
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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
Nadia Wells
Nadia Wells
2018-11-22T12:58:58+0000
For anyone looking to improve across all disciplines, I thoroughly recommend their camps and clinics. I have been on a few over the years and not only are they enjoyable and you meet like minded people, the coaching is superb. I have made significant improvements across all disciplines and actually have today booked the next one day clinic in January. There is always room for improvement !read more

Are Transitions Important?

Are Transitions Important, by Hev’s

Transitions. If you’re going to do a triathlon there’s no avoiding these funny areas full of very expensive equipment that are essential when transforming from a swimmer to a cyclist or a cyclist to a runner. It’s a very bizarre experience the first time you venture into one, especially if you come from a single sport or not a sporting background at all.

So when you’re competing in a sport which entails three different disciplines anyway, how important actually are transitions…?

How important are transitions?

The only possible answer to this question is – very.

It doesn’t matter what distance triathlon you are doing they are important. The amount of people who come to me and say they are doing a long distance event so their transition time doesn’t matter makes me want to smack my head against a brick wall (but I don’t – mainly because it would hurt).

Lets break this down; you are new to triathlon and just want to complete the event and enjoy it – in this case maybe your transitions aren’t as important as if you had a time/position related goal, and this is perfectly common and makes complete sense. However, you will still work hard during your race so if you then look back and realise you added an extra 10 minutes onto said race by having a cup of coffee and a biscuit in transition, unnecessarily, then it’s a waste of time and just leaves you out there in the race for longer. If through no extra effort on your part you can speed things up and make the whole process easier then why wouldn’t you? That way you’ve got your finishers medal and are wrapped up all nice and warm with a brew (or beer) on your adrenaline high 10 minutes sooner. It’s a win win situation. Save time, save energy.

Next scenario; you are not new to triathlon so you know how transitions work. You are aiming to improve your time from last year in an Olympic or Sprint distance. You work hard in training and know that you are fitter and faster than before yet you spend an extra 20 seconds dilly dallying in transition, doing things that really don’t need to be done like brushing your hair and shining your shoes so you look good for the finishers photo (the finishers photo is important by the way). To put this into perspective – how long would it take you to knock 20 seconds off your 400m swim time in the pool? For most of us it would take a very long time, if it were even possible. So why would you make all these improvements and then add time on in transition which could have been avoided?

Third scenario; you are aiming to qualify for the Sprint World Champs which is now a draft legal event, as is the qualifier. This means you would likely benefit from getting into a group on the bike and cycling in a pack. You have a cracking swim and come out of the water with a big bunch of athletes, then by the time you’ve gotten past the mount line, you are alone. Where did everyone go? They are all working together somewhere up the road, leaving you playing catch up, which with a bit of practise could have been avoided with very little extra effort.

Final scenario; you are competing in an Ironman, therefore transition absolutely does not count. Cue a head bang against the wall by me.
Ok, so firstly if you are new to triathlon or your goal is to complete the distance you may be concerned about cut off times – a lot of us are. So you spend 20 minutes in each transition painting your toenails and packing your picnic for the bike, therefore knocking 20 minutes off the time left available for your cycling and run leg. Why? If you are concerned about cut off times transition is a place to get in and out. This doesn’t mean sprinting through or going so fast you forget to put on your helmet, it’s just about not wasting time.

Ok, so now your doing an Ironman and you’re either a) going for a target time or b)aiming to complete it but you’re not so worried about making cut off times. You hit transition(s), have a breather and a bacon butty and then crack on. Your finish time is 13hrs02minutes. You spent at least 10 minutes in each transition having a sit down. How gutted are you with that extra 2 minutes? Even though you’ve done well and achieved a fantastic time that 2 minutes will irk you for the next few months, especially when looking back, you know exactly where you could have made up that time – your transitions.

So, you see transitions are extremely important. They are the 4thdiscipline in a triathlon, the glue that holds it all together. They can be intimating and daunting at first and I am by no means saying that you need to be superman, especially if you are new to triathlon and just want to complete the event. What I am saying is that I have seen so many people waste time and energy by unnecessary tasks in transition which could have been easily avoided. This gets them more flustered and worried and in turn they enjoy the experience less than they could have done. Transitions are part of a triathlon. They are part of the event and so should be treated with the same respect as the rest of the race. You will make mistakes, you will mess things up sometimes and there will be things to learn from and that’s part of the process. But why waste time and energy for no reason?

Are transitions important? Hell yes.

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