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

How to start out in triathlon

A little fun blog on starting out in triathlon, by Hev’s

For whatever reason you’ve decided to sign up for a triathlon and good for you because running around the streets in Lycra is all the rage at the moment! It’s a fantastic sport and welcomes everyone from complete newbies to professionals but we realise it can all be a bit daunting.

How do you actually train for a triathlon? Does it matter if you’re slow? How many sessions should you do? What sessions should you do? How many sessions do you need to improve? Or survive? Will you look fat in a tri suit? How often do you need to shave your legs? How should you wear your hair?*  So many questions!

*It’s important to know that if you have long hair this is a very legitimate question. Everybody knows that if you have a ponytail high on the back of your head you’re never going to fit a helmet over it! Hence, we’d suggest a plait or low pony.

So lets start at the beginning.

  • EVERYBODY starts as a beginner. So everyone who’s done a triathlon knows what you are going through.
  • You will learn. Like everything new in life you’ll look back and laugh at your pre lycra clad concerns. And when the new newbie comes along you’ll offer them some very sound advice.
  • It does not matter if you’re slow. You will see every age, shape, size and ability at these events and that’s why we all go back for more. Nobody cares about your speed, nobody will laugh and point and everybody will support you. That’s what we do.
  • Will you look fat in a tri suit? Everybody thinks they look fat in a tri suit. Nobody puts on a tri suit and think they look like Cindy Crawford. Nobody else however will bat an eyelid at you in a trisuit because they will be so used to seeing all ages, shapes, sizes and abilities milling around in skin tight lycra. Yes, it takes a bit of getting used to but after a while you get sort of attached to it!

With regards to training concerns this obviously depends on numerous factors but here are a few tips…

  • Look at local clubs and groups that you could potentially join in with. When starting out a lot of people find it easier and more fun to train with others in your local area. 
  • Ease yourself into it. You don’t need to jump straight into training every day. Maybe start off by doing two swims a week, one bike ride and two runs, or whatever works for you. Once you get used to this you can slowly increase your volume as your body adapts to your current training load.
  • With regards to improving this will happen as you get used to training, you will become more efficient and then you can add an extra session or do some faster intervals etc.
  • Rope a friend or workmate into joining you so you can start together.
  • Use local events as sessions e.g. Park Run is a great way to get a hard, measured run in and can be used to monitor your progress.
  • Use your commute as a means of training. Cycling or running to work can be a great way to get some extra miles in and build that aerobic fitness whilst being time efficient.
  • Monitor your individual progress by testing so you know how far you’ve come e.g. do a 400m swim time trial and then do one again six weeks later to see if you’ve improved.
  • Set yourself realistic goals. These could be anything from running a 25minute 5k to ensuring you complete two swim sessions a week.
  • Congratulate yourself when you achieve your goals! You did well so be pleased about it!
  • Mix your sessions up with aerobic and interval work. When starting out, if for example you do two sessions of each discipline, you could do one easy session of each and one harder session with repetitions of effort within it.
  • Learn from other people. If you are part of a club or take part in local events there will be loads of people with varying experiences who can offer advice and tips. There is tons of info on the net, forums and Facebook, and all are great ways to connect with people who are either just starting out like you or can help with questions and queries.
  • Enjoy yourself!!! Triathlon is fun and not many people can do three different sports as one – so really you’re a bit of a hero.
  • Get your friends and family involved. Lots of tri clubs have kids sessions and cross training sessions available.
  • Make links with relevant people in your local area e.g. the bike shop. No doubt you’ll require their service at some point so go in and say hello. Ask them to show you how to change a puncture or which cycle routes in the area they recommend for beginners.
  • Meet new people. Believe it or not us triathletes aren’t as scary as we look and we can be quite sociable!
  • Do triathlon related trips e.g. weekends away cycling with friends, holidays abroad with lots of swimming or even an organised training camp – a great way to learn lots of new skills and meet like minded people.  You’ll be amazed at how quickly you can get hooked!
  • Monitor how you feel. It may be useful to start a log book with your training, sleep and how tired you feel. This will help determine if you’re over doing it and training too much too soon. If you’re constantly so exhausted you can’t lift your feet up the stairs maybe you need to be more gentle on yourself and drop a session or two until your body can cope with these demands.
  • Get to know your body. Learn how it reacts when it is tired or hungry. Learn what causes the niggles or when it moves well. This takes time and experience but your body is the most important tool you have so it’s good to learn what it needs to be at its best.
  • Make sure your equipment is in good working order. Make sure your helmet is in good condition, your goggles don’t leak and your run socks don’t encourage blisters.
  • Most importantly – enjoy. You will get fitter, you will learn and you will survive so enjoy the process!

Oh…and how often should you shave your legs? That’s completely up to you. Just don’t use your partners razor as past experience tells us he or she will not be happy!

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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