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Challenge Tri Camp
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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
Paul Stocks
Paul Stocks
2018-10-05T21:57:58+0000
What a great week. Superbly organised and coached with sessions designed to feel like I had really worked hard and pushed myself but with just enough left in the tank to do more. All done with a sense of humour and great team spirit. As someone returning to triathlon after many years the team have inspired me to get back into the sport and enjoy it. Hotel and facilities also great.read more
Lorraine Brooks
Lorraine Brooks
2018-08-16T21:04:13+0000
I went to swim camp this year and have booked again for next year. Hotel, food, bike garage, pool and rooms all high standard. I like to train a lot and the days were full. 2 coached swims and a bike ride most days plus a few runs and some stretching and core in the mix as well., the good thing is, if you want more free time, you can miss sessions without judgement. The quality of coaching was excellent.As a mediocre swimmer I went to camp with two goals, a step change in my swim times and to overcome my fear of the sea. Both goals achieved. On the last sea swim I did a full 70.3 distance swim and my pool 400m time improved by 21 seconds in the week and a further 14 seconds within a month of getting home and putting all I had learned into practice. My stroke was unrecognisable from the video at the start of the camp. I sat with the coach and made sure I wrote down all the coaching points for my particular stroke issues...he was very patient! But it meant I went home with an armoury of drills to practice. I also came away much more confident at group riding and with some fabulous new friends to follow on Strava Highly recommended whether you are looking for a holiday with the added bonus of coached sessions, or as in my case some serious training and coaching in the sunshine or somewhere in between...All are catered for. I loved it. A fabulous fun break doing all the things I love doing with a great set of peopleread more
Pauline Louise
Pauline Louise
2018-08-07T15:58:01+0000
I did the Middle distance camp in April. I am new to triathlons and being my first camp I was initially a bit nervous to go on my own and about the level required but it was all dispelled in the first 24hrs! The camp is organised to cover different abilities and the coaches and fellow athletes were awesome. I came away with great advice and new friends. I would highly recommend the camps and already planning on booking again next year!read more
Fran Walker
Fran Walker
2018-08-05T17:23:09+0000
I’ve done 2 camps. Both were excellent with superb coaches and a great hotel. Groups cover a real wide range of abilities and everyone is catered for. I’ve travelled alone on both occasions and have met people who will be lifelong friends. We’ve already met up back home to train, Race and socialise and are looking forward to the reunion of the full team at the relays in August �read more
David Waring
David Waring
2018-07-26T17:46:22+0000
I did the early camp in Feb this year. A great bunch of like-minded people from beginner to elite. No need to worry about ability level; the coaches will make sure you're in the right group. Plenty of mixed-ability sessions as well. Brent and Nick head up a friendly, knowledgeable and experienced team and the coaches are always happy to provide advice and know how to help you hit your targets.read more

How to approach the ‘off season’

It’s that time of year again when the season is nearly over and you are thinking what should I be doing! I mean, how long can you sit on the sofa watching trashy TV (don’t answer that – a triathlete’s addictive personality and box sets are a bad combination)!

So what should you be doing, for how long and why?

Tip #1 Limit the electronics and don’t think about pace, position or stats!
Consider this period the ‘off season’ – its the time to take a break and have a rest. Not only will you come back stronger and your body will appreciate the rest. Mentally it’s nice to switch off from looking at training sessions and the pace of the last run you did or 100m split in the pool! If you do decide to keep doing some swimming, biking or running then turn the watch off and do it for the joy of it. This off season time is about not worrying or obsessing about these things – we love our coached athletes using the numbers we set them but giving yourself a break from looking at these makes them all the more interesting when you get back into training.

Tip #2 Do something in a social content that you wouldn’t normally do, all while still doing the sports you love.
We are still talking about swimming biking and running here, if you are going to do it, go and do it with some other people or in another way. Cycle to a friends house, swim in a different lane or at a different pool for a change, try some other strokes, run somewhere you have never been before whether that’s local or get in the car and head to those woods that you always drive past but have never explored before! A really good one is to use a mountain bike if you have one and cycle off road. So have a think, there are lots of things you can still do swimming, biking and running that don’t mean you are specifically training!

Tip #3 Appreciate the people around you and give something back to them (basically get some brownie points in the bag!!)
Training and racing require a lot of energy both mentally and physically and not just on the days you are doing them – triathlon for a lot of people is a complete lifestyle (and a good one) but sometimes you need to take a step back, recharge and relax and even sleep in or don’t set that weekend alarm! Use the time to take your partner away for a weekend (without planning a run into the equation or seeing if your bike will fit into the car), do an activity with the kids you wouldn’t normally do, or get to work early a few times and impress the boss! It’s a great time to thank those that support you the rest of the season and give them some of your time.

Tip #4 Chat with your coach, make a list of things you want to work on, basically a bit of planning!
Finally this last point is all about getting yourself ready for when you do get going again. You are still in your off season but are starting to put some building blocks in place for when you do start properly.

One very important aspect over winter, which a lot of people ignore is strength training. This should be all year round but winter time is the best time to start it as some muscle soreness doesn’t effect key sessions around races. This early/first stage is called anatomical adaptation and is basically a few weeks of doing strength exercises with low or no weight making the exercises easy and allowing your body to ‘adapt’ to the movements before you start to make them more challenging. So start to plan or chat with a coach about how you are going to make this part of your training and start practising the exercises.

This ‘off season’ break is very individual and should be decided between the coach and athlete or if uncoached really thought about and planned to get the most out of it.

If you wanted to chat to one of our coaching team about an end of season review to help you analyse where you are and where you want to be or discuss how a winter maintenance plan or strength program could benefit you then please get in touch. We offer a free 15 minute chat with a coach option to talk about you as a triathlete and what you are looking to achieve. You can contact us by email here or by telephone on 0333 577 3221.

Written by Coach Nick, Coaching Director at Challenge Tri Camp
To discuss setting up the best off season program for your goals please call or fill out our Athlete questionnaire and we will set up a free coaching consultation with you.

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