I’ve written before about how professional triathletes use training camps to boost fitness in a short time; or at least I somewhat referred to that. But did you know training camps can be a great way for regular ole Joe and Jill to boost fitness also? Combine some killer workouts on a formidable island and you too can come home to crush the local climbs. Here are a few guidelines for running a training camp of your own.
During training rides, keep your focus on the task at hand. Looking around at scenery will only slow you down and no goat is worth slowing down for.
Make few stops during rides; only the most important coffee shops and pineapple shacks.
Rides should be attainable by all participants of the training camp.
Please shower before entering the pool.
Access to a watering hole for cooling off is nice to have also. Having one in your living room is ideal.
If food is provided, make sure it meets all your nutritional needs. I like to work outwards from the four major foods groups: barley, hops, yeast and ice cream.
Try to get along with your teammates. Blending different experience levels and personalities can be tough, but do your best to keep the atmosphere positive.
Every good training camp should incorporate some basic strength and activation sessions. Treat these like any element of your training; with the utmost concentration.
Leave some time for rest and relaxation to be prepared both physically and mentally for the next session.