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

Emma Fisher – ITU Sprint Triathlon World Champion

Coached by Joint Head Coach Brent Perkins

Emma Fisher – ITU Sprint Triathlon World Champion – coached by Brent Perkins Joint Head Coach
At Challenge Tri Camp we are so lucky to work with and coach fantastic athletes of all abilities, some just starting out on their triathlon journey and some that achieve a longer term goal, which is what happened this weekend. 

One athlete that I work with and coach is Emma Fisher. Emma has been racing triathlon and Age Group since approx 2015 and has had some very good results during the past 4 years but she had never won a Gold Medal or a World Championship. This was a long term goal of hers, so Emma and I started working together in May 2018 with our number one target to become Sprint World Champion, “so no pressure for me then”! During the first few months we established a great working relationship and started to work together as a team. We talked and agreed what races and and what our first year targets were going to be. With most age group racing you have to qualify normally the year before the championship that you will race, and Emma had already qualified for the ETU Sprint Champs in Glasgow on 11 August  2018 so our first target was a top 3 finish at this race. Emma won Silver, a great start, this established the base lines we needed to plan our training profile.

Over the coming months we worked hard on improving Emma’s swim, such is Age Group racing now that if you can’t swim with the front pack its hard to make up ground on the bike and run, especially at ITU level. We met together monthly to monitor progress, undertake video analysis, feedback and continually improve and refine Emma’s stroke in the pool. We also worked hard on transitions as this is an area that is sometimes overlooked. I also felt that a solid season of duathlon training and racing would help with run speed and bike skills, Emma had never raced a duathlon until October 2018, so this was going to be an interesting baptism. We entered the British Championship qualifiers Standard Distance rather than the Sprint to see how the training process was going. Emma won her Age Group and also had the fastest Female time on the day, this provided a qualification slot for the the ITU World Duathlon Championships in Pontevedra 2019 Standard Distance. Emma won her age group by 9 minutes at Pontevedra and become a Duathlon World Champion, but as it says at the start of this little blog our aim was to win the World Sprint Triathlon Championships.

So why all this racing at Standard Distance, well that’s a good question, simply to establish a solid base before we started focusing on speed work, and race course specific training for each Sprint event. We also decided to race the Leeds British Triathlon Age Group Championships again at Standard Distance, Emma won her Age Group and became British Champion.  So far so good, we now had approximately 10 weeks until the “A” race or races, as Emma had qualified for both the Sprint and Standard ITU events. We shifted our training profile to see if it would be possible to race both races at Full Gas. But during the Leeds race a slip during the race seemed to cause a little niggle, but unfortunately it was a little more than we thought, a calf muscle tear was diagnosed, then a bike crash during training and finally a chest infection meant that we were very limited in the last 6 weeks to do any run training. So we shifted to Aqua running after swim sets and X training machine to help with run strength, As many people say “where there is a will there is a way”. In final prep for Emma’s “A” races we spent a couple of days in Mallorca swimming together practising fast starts and sighting in the open water, we worked on run technique and bike climbing and descending skills, all very short sessions, plus we had a couple of beers and ate pizza, as all athletes do right! Emma then travelled out to Lausanne with her husband and 4 children, the best support crew for the day. So race day has arrived, and now its down to the athlete.

The Sprint Age Group that Emma was racing was a tough one and also the bike and run courses were very tough. The athletes racing included recent and past World Champions, plus Sydney 2000 Olympic Gold Brigitte McMahon and Olympic Silver medallist Michellie Jones, a stunning high quality field with pretty much the strongest Sprint athletes seen in a race in the last few years, it was definitely the one to win! Emma turned herself inside out on race day, with the best swim she has ever had, coming out about 60 seconds down but in touch, she then had the fastest transitions of anyone in the Age Group about 20 secs quicker overall, (an important number), her bike split was a little slower than planned but worked in Emma’s favour as the little power saving on the bike allowed Emma to run a mega quick 5k 19.05min making her 2ish mins quicker than anyone else on the course. Emma become World Champion by a winning margin of 16 seconds. Emma also raced the Standard Distance the following day after not feeling very well overnight so our agreement was to race it but enjoy it, this produced a 4th Place racing the best Age Group athletes in the world, she also had the fastest run split within the Age Group of 41.04 so not a bad day. 

I think the summary below says it all:- 

Emma Fisher produced a stunning race performance to beat the Sydney 2000 Olympic Gold Brigitte McMahon and Silver Michellie Jones medallists, in what was a incredibly high quality field with pretty much the strongest Sprint athletes seen in a race in last few years. That makes Emma the Triathlon (Sprint) and Duathlon (Standard) World Champion this year, plus she is also the British Champion at Standard Distance.

I am so proud of what Emma has been able to achieve this year, she works full time, has 4 fantastic children, her husband Mark is super supportive and races himself. Looking forward to what next year brings, but I guess now I am working with a World Champion we better stop doing beer together. 

Emma has said “please can you add quote from me that none of this would have happened without “You and the support network of Challenge Tri Camp. What I learnt this weekend was that if you believe and trust in someone to help you, then you can then do things that are sometimes out of reach. I feel very lucky to have you, Challenge Tri Camp Team and my family. #challengetricampthebest
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