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Start 2014 off right by signing up for one of these triathlon training camps and build a strong base for the season.
Playtri St. Croix Ironman 70.3 Training Camp
Feb. 26–March 2
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
$799 by Jan. 31 ($899 after); Companion camp — $349 by Jan. 31 ($399 after), which does not include transportation or lodging
This February, you can train in paradise on the brutally difficult yet stunning Ironman 70.3 St. Croix course in the U.S. Virgin Islands. This 4.5-day camp includes training swim, rides and runs plus training, racing and nutrition seminars. The camp is open to athletes of all abilities who can swim a minimum of 500 meters, ride at least 10 miles and run at least 3 miles.
For those looking to vacation more and train less, Playtri also offers a “companion camp,” which features a daily open-water swim, a few runs and fewer clinics. Both versions of the camp will also feature a tour of the famous Buck Island and a snorkel tour at Cane Bay. The camp will be led by Playtri’s founder and coach, Ahmed Zaher, an eight-time Ironman World Championship qualifier.
During the camp, athletes will train on the same course used for Ironman 70.3 St. Croix, one of the oldest courses on the 70.3 circuit after having celebrated its 25th year in 2013. The course has been nicknamed “Beauty and the Beast” for its picturesque setting yet notorious climb on the bike course.
The Cycling House Triathlon Training Camp With Ben Hoffman
Two-time Ironman champion Ben Hoffman will lead a cycling-focused training camp in Tucson, Ariz. While cycling will be the focus, trail runs and swim sessions are also on the schedule for the week-long camp. Hoffman will also be answering questions from participants, such as how to fuel for an Ironman or how to plan your training. Included in the camp are services from The Cycling House, including great meals (all meals included), full supported rides, bike assembly and airport shuttles.
“Tucson is a wonderful place to get in some great riding and soak in some sunshine in the dead of winter,” Hoffmans says. “There aren’t many people that pack the kind of knowledge that The Cycling House does when it comes to putting on an enjoyable and memorable camp.”
Note: The Cycling House also offers a mid-January cycling camp — check the website for details.
Purplepatch Fitness 2014 Winter Triathlon Empowerment Camp
Mauna Lani Bay, Waimea, Hawaii
$2,499 (does not include accommodations)*
*Currently sold out, but you can request to be added to the wait list.
The third edition of Purplepatch’s Winter Triathlon Empowerment Camp on Hawaii’s Big Island will allow a limited number of triathletes to experience a five-day, fully immersive education and training experience, hosted by the beautiful Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows. Leading the camp will be Purplepatch head coach Matt Dixon, as well as coach Gerry Rodrigues of Tower26 and cyclist and mechanic Paul Buick. You can also expect to see Purplepatch professional athletes in and around the camp during the five days.
The camp will include personalized and customized attention to each athlete, and much of the training will be done on and around the Ironman Hawaii course. The camp will also include educational seminars on topics such as season planning, nutrition and biomechanics. Other perks include concierge support throughout the camp, a full bike set-up, adjustment and daily maintenance, SAG-supported rides and runs, a Mauna Lani full-buffet breakfast, custom Purplepatch gear, and a discounted accommodations rate.
12th Annual Coach Troy Jacobson Winter Training Camp
$845 (does not include transportation or lodging)
Open to cyclists and triathletes of all ages and athletic backgrounds, the 12th annual winter training camp will feature five days of training in the heat among the saguaros along the majestic Catalina Mountain range in the high desert region of Tucson. The camp is intended to help triathletes and cyclists work on their endurance base to prepare for the 2014 season, and it’s designed for athletes who can comfortably ride at least 50 miles, run for an hour, and swim 2,000 yards.
The camp will be led by long-time triathlon coach Troy Jacobson as well as coaches from the Triathlon Academy and Spinervals Cycling. Activities include a nightly lecture on a training- or racing-related topic, a ride up Mount Lemmon, a ride and run at Gates Pass, and yoga. Campers will also receive training DVDs, a cycling jersey, group dinners, and a 30-day trial membership to Spinervals.com.
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