Training camps are becoming increasingly popular in the triathlon community. Sandra Barden from Tri50, tells us about a few of the key benefits of training camps and what to look for before you book.
Benefits of Training Camps
Training camps offer all sorts of opportunities to athletes and there are many great reasons to get involved:
- You get to focus on your training without any distractions
- You can train as much or as little as you want
- You benefit from the expertise of the coaches who are with you every day
- You get to share the experiences and top tips of fellow participants
- You form lasting friendships with like-minded triathletes
- You can enjoy some extra sunshine in foreign climes
Spring camps are the perfect springboard for your Triathlon season.
Related: Find a Training Camp
But how do you choose which one is right for you?
Here are 6 top tips for choosing your Tri camp:
1. Be clear in your mind what you really want
Some camps will be predominantly cycling, some swimming, some are geared towards Ironman and some specialise in certain athlete groups eg. older athletes or performance athletes.
Decide what you would like and try to find a camp that offers as close as possible to your choices and preferences.
2. Decide how much coaching you want
Camps range from simple facilitation to fully coached. Do you want to work on technique across all 4 disciplines, or do you just want to get out with a map and do your own thing?
The cost of the camp is often an indicator of how much coaching input you will get.
3. Qualified coaches?
Many camps advertise coaches who have very few, or even no, formal qualifications.
Look for British Triathlon accreditation and Level 2 or Level 3 for your lead coaches.
Great athletes do not necessarily make great coaches, just as great coaches do not necessarily make great athletes.
Related: Find A Triathlon Coach Near You
Check the ‘small print’ so to speak. Accommodation is often not specified as being a shared bedroom so be careful if this wouldn’t appeal to you.
Take time to check the details
5. Don’t be afraid to ask questions
If you have any questions at all then don’t be afraid to contact the organisers – they should be happy to answer.
6. Time of year
Spring camps should be designed to give you the perfect start to the Triathlon season, therefore incorporating technique, training and the skills to put a race together.
Autumn/winter camps are the time to focus on some serious technique work before you start the long winter endurance training period – avoid loading volume onto poor form.
Related: Off Season Triathlon Training Tips
About Sandra Barden
Sandra is a L3 Coach and a Coach Tutor for British Triathlon as well as being a successful GB Age-Group athlete.
Sandra, and fellow Triathlete Jo Lewis, run Tri50 which focusses on mature athletes and female specific coaching via 1-1 coaching, training days and warm weather training camps.
To find out more about Sandra Barden and her coaching services, head over to the Tri50 website for full information which includes details of the Spring 2018 Swim and Triathlon Camps in the Canaries.
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