The majority of my clubmates from Havering Tri are off to Club La Santa, Lanzarote this week for the annual training camp. Training camps are a great opportunity to spend the week completely focusing on your sport, whilst enjoying the weather, scenery and facilities on offer. They are ideal to keep motivated over the winter months and to prepare for race season with an intense week of training.
Unfortunately, finances prevented me from attending training camp this time around, so I’ll be enviously following the club’s Facebook updates of their week. To add fuel to my jealousy, I’ve put together a selection of the best triathlon training camps in the UK and Europe. Hopefully one day, I’ll get to visit a few of these myself…
Tri 4 the Alps, Morzine, France
A luxury chalet nestled in the French Alps makes a perfect base for swim, bike and run sessions lead by coaches Amelia and Joe Pearson. As well as triathlon training, there is a multitude of other activities in the local area including mountain biking, golf, hiking, rafting, climbing, canoeing, canyoning, horse riding, high ropes and paragliding.
Triathlon Hide-Away, Lake District, UK
The Triathlon Hide-Away offer bespoke training packages all year round. With no set dates, you can pick the right time in your race calendar to go and train in the beautiful Lake District. Coaches have a wide range of expertise with sessions including pedal stroke analysis, Strala yoga, swim smooth and born to run coaching.
Tri Training Harder, Vilamoura, Portugal
Tri Training Harder run holidays in Portugal from January to June with fully guided rides, HD swim video analysis and seminars on nutrition and bike gearing. Fresh home-cooked meals are included and accommodation is in 5-star apartments. Oh and there is cake and champagne on arrival!
Tri-Topia, La Vallee, Ingrades, France
Built around a renovated barn in the Brenne National Park, Tri-Topia offers a great all round training experience in an environment which is comfortable, intimate and relaxed. Bike and wetsuit hire is available onsite.
Club La Santa, Lanzarote, Spain
Club La Santa is the ultimate active holiday destination with over 30 different sports catered for at the complex. The island provides challenging terrain to test your endurance and strength in preparation for race day. Read my recaps of my week at La Santa- part one and part two.
Blackrock, Chamonix, France
Blackrock Lodge training camps have been designed by triathletes for triathletes to support the sport they love. Explore the Tour de France route, swim in the 50m open air pool and get in some interval training on the 300m sprung track. Physiotherapists and a professional chef are on-hand at the lodge.
Tri Camp, Majorca, Spain
Based in the north east corner of the island, Tri Camp provide an inclusive training environment to nurture and enhance athletes of all abilities. They host specific weeks tailored towards improving technique, speed and transition skills. With an onsite 25m pool, scenic cycle routes and running on track, beach, trail or road.
Have you been to a training camp? Do you have any recommendations?