We run a couple of training camps each year -
- A start of season training camp in Lanzarote, focusing on base training, held in early March
- An early race season training camp in Mallorca that provides a great race build and sharpening opportunity, in early May.
2014 Start of Season Camp - Club La Santa - 6th-13th March 2014
Our early season camp will take place at Club La Santa, Lanzarote. This camp will once again be run by Richard Hobson and his TriLiving team, and will be specifically tailored for our club. The camp will cater for around 30 members. Full costs, flight details and information on how to book for March 2014 will be communicated on the club forum and by email in early November 2013. The camp runs Thursday to Thursday, and there is the option to stay on for the weekend (at additional cost) after camp closes to continue with your own training, with only an extra day's leave needed.
About Club La Santa
Club La Santa is the number one sports and active holiday resort in the world and an ideal location to bring partners and family as there are so many activities on offer and also a kids club. It is located on the north east coast of Lanzarote, approx 20mins from Arrecife airport. If you don't know this resort, have a look at www.clublasanta.com.
The running and cycling facilities are awesome, and there is a heated outdoor 50m pool for which we will have up to 6 lanes during the swim sessions, plus open water swimming in the lagoon. The range of optional free classes is far too wide to make informed choices – there are free sessions in windsurfing, spinning, etc.
About the Camp
Our camp will be being tailor-made for our club by Richard Hobson and his company TriLiving, and supported by a team of top coaches. The aim is to provide quality training sessions for all levels of athlete in all three disciplines. The venue lends itself to a relaxed atmosphere since everything is on offer from one location, so there is no time wasted travelling to sessions which means more time to relax and sit by the pool!
Richard Hobson is passionate about the sport of triathlon, having spent 10 years as a pro, 5 times National Champion, Olympic coach to 2 athletes, former performance coach for the BTF & head coach at Bath Triathlon Performance Centre, and age group coach to European and World Age Group qualifiers. He knows what it takes to succeed, whether you are a beginner, an elite performer, doing it for fun, or you want to be the next Olympic Champion; the knowledge and experience to help will be there. For more information about TriLiving, visit: www.triliving.co.uk.
Lanzarote offers a great opportunity to train in pleasant conditions at a time of year when the weather in the UK is less than ideal. The temperature is 20C or warmer for most of the year, so a suntan is virtually guaranteed. The roads on the island are quiet and well surfaced, and the facilites at La Santa for running and swimming are superb.
2014 Early Race Season Camp - Blue Bay Resort, Mallorca - May 3rd-10th 2013
The second Ful-On Tri Training Camp in 2014 will once again take place at Blue Bay Resort, Playa de Muro, Mallorca.
This camp will be led by club coaches and will cater for around 40 members.
Blue Bay Resort
The Blue Bay bungalow complex, built in 2004, is surrounded by fragrant pine trees just 150 metres from Playa de Muro. The shops, bars and restaurants of Ca'n Picafort are only a few minutes away. The hotel setting and facilities are ideal for families and lovers of sport. All of the comfortable bedrooms come with a selection of amenities including kitchenette and fridge. The hotel has an indoor swimming pool, a heated 6-lane 25m outdoor pool, gym, sauna, jacuzzi, tennis courts, basketball & volleyball courts, cafe, supermarket, bar, restaurant and bicycle hire and storage facility. Half board accommodation offers a fine buffet at breakfast and in the evenings. Resort website: www.resort-bluebay.com
About the Camp
The emphasis of this camp is as a sharpening camp with a strong 'race around the corner' focus. There will be distinct, specific bike rides with heavy race pace elements, ie. intervals interspersed with the odd longer ride. The camp will also include runs off the bike in the form of specific bricks and key swim sets that address open water/race function and race speed. The daily swim sessions will be led by club coaches in the 25m training pool.
Mallorca is renowned in cycling circles for its extensive network of bike routes. Throughout the spring, pro and top amateur teams base themselves on the island to take advantage of the quiet roads, which wind through gently rolling farmland and challenging mountains, all with incredible scenery. The calm sea in the bay just across the road from the hotel makes a great venue for open water swimming.
How to Book
Details of costs, exact dates, recommended flights, and optional extras such as bike hire for both camps will be communicated in November once the new membership year has started. As a guide, in 2012 the Lanzarote camp was around £499, and Mallorca £399, including coaching and accommodation, but excluding flights, for which you should budget another £150 or so depending on how early you book. Lanzarote generally costs a little more because of the additional training facilities provided at Club La Santa, and the remoteness of the island from Spain.
Feedback from both camps is always positive. We particularly encourage new members to attend these camps - training camp is a great way to really get to know people at the club, make friends and step your training up a gear.
How to Choose?
For most people, deciding which camp to do comes down to your season plan, and when you can get time off work. The following is probably a fair summary of the advantages of each camp
- Timing: Lanzarote better for an early season boost, or an escape from freezing winter weather. Mallorca better for race sharpening, or for base/build if your races are later in the year
- Cost: Lanzarote is slightly more expensive and you need to factor in your meals. Mallorca is a bit cheaper and breakfast/dinner are included in the cost.
- Accommodation and facilities: Apartments in Lanzarote, in a sport-specific resort with a number of restaurant options in the evening, and even its own nightclub. On-site supermarket if you want to self-cater. The village of La Santa is a couple of km away if you fancy a change of scene, or cheaper groceries. Plenty of other sporting facilites, classes, events that you can take part in if you want to do your own thing - kayak, golf, tennis, yoga, gym etc. In Mallorca, bungalows in a smaller Mark Warner style resort, outside the resort town of Ca'n Picafort. Swimming pool and a leisure pool at the resort, and a well equipped bike hire and maintenance shop, but that's it. Supermarket nearby and plenty of restaurants by the beach.
- Cycling: Mallorca is certainly more scenic and the roads and routes more varied, with more climbs and country lanes. Lanzarote is more volcanic and less varied in terms of scenery, but the roads are quieter, more open and more rolling, with a couple of good climbs. Mallorca is more suited to road bikes, Lanzarote arguably better if you want to get used to your aero bars.
- Running: Somewhat limited in Mallorca though there are some good trails in the mountains and enough quiet roads nearby for runs off the bike. Lanzarote has more options including a proper running track and some long off-road routes leading from the resort.
- Swimming: 25m pool in Mallorca, and the open sea just over the road. Lanzarote has a better 50m pool, plus a safe, sheltered lagoon for open water swimming. At both places you can swim on the respective Ironman 70.3 course.
- Weather: Nearly always pleasantly warm in Lanzarote (at least 22-24 C), and any bad weather blows through quickly. Can be very windy. Mallorca - we have had four gloriously sunny camps with temperatures breaking 30C, and one total washout!
- Social: There are those who say that Mallorca is the more social camp. But it's often Lanzarote that generates the gossip ...