Advanced Athlete Base Building Camp in Algarve, Portugal.
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This camp will be facilitated by Scientific Triathlon coaches Mikael Eriksson and James Teagle with the aim of providing you with a really solid week of aerobic endurance training to set you up for a great season. Our training base is the town of Loulé and specifically the Loulé Jardim Hotel. This location provides easy access to the quiet roads and hills of the Algarve and a good 25 m swimming pool within walking distance. Athletes should expect to complete 18-30hrs of training split between swimming, biking and running. Most of the training stress will come in the form of aerobic endurance training supplemented with one faster session in each of the three disciplines. Accommodation, breakfast and dinner are included in the camp price. Lunch is the athlete's own responsibility. On days where we ride over lunch, there will be good café stop options. Supermarkets are also located nearby the hotel for stocking up on additional snacks to get you through the week.
What: Scientific Triathlon training camp with coaches Mikael Eriksson and James Teagle. This camp is for advanced athletes looking to get a head start on building a great aerobic foundation for the season ahead.
When: 21 January to 28 January 2023. You should aim to arrive on the 21st in time for an evening introduction meeting. You should also save time to build your bike on the 21st so that you are ready to ride on the morning of the 22nd. The 28th is the check-out day. Official training days of the camp are the 22nd to the 27th of January (Sunday to Friday).
Where: Loulé Jardim Hotel (3-star), Loulé, Algarve, Portugal
How to get there: Flying to Faro airport and then taking a taxi (25 minutes, 20 km) to the hotel is the easiest and our recommended way of getting there. Alternatively, you can fly to Lisbon airport and rent a car. Driving from Lisbon to Loulé is about 260 km and 2h20min (on toll roads).
What's included: 7 nights at the hotel (single room), breakfast, dinner (6 nights), training and coaching (with two coaches and a maximum of 15 athletes), swim video analysis, great company and great fun!
Prices: 750€ per person
BIKES & FACILITIES
Bikes: We recommend bringing a road bike or renting a road bike for this camp.
Training facilities: 25 m pool (15 minutes walk from hotel); fantastic empty, well-maintained roads in the hills of the Algarve for cycling; trails for running not far from Loulé; small gym at the hotel; we will also do swim video analysis.
Advanced athletes: This camp is aimed at advanced athletes, so you should be able to hit the following benchmark to consider the camp. Swim 6:00 or faster as your 400 m PB; bike at 2.5 w/kg for 4 hours on a steady ride; run easy and for a long time (at least 90 minutes) at 5:30 / km (8:50 / mile).
If you want to register for the camp, please fill out the form below (or you can open it in a new tab here). Note that filling out this form is not yet a binding commitment to register for the camp, nor does filling out this form guarantee that you will get a slot on the camp, as the number of slots are limited.
When you fill out the form, we will contact you and confirm your slot on the camp and send you the payment information.
You are registered for the camp only once you have completed your payment. Until the 31 October 2022 you can get a 100% refund if for whatever reason you need to cancel. Until the 30 November 2022, you can get a 50% refund and until the 31 December 2022 you can get a 25% refund. After that, no refunds will be issued.
In addition, the following refund policies apply. We will provide a full refund if:
-The camp is cancelled for any reason.
-The border to Portugal is closed for your nationality or the country you travel from.
-You are forced to a quarantine for more than 48 hours upon arrival in Portugal, or when you return home to your home destination.
-Your government places Portugal in a travel category, that leaves you with no possibility to have travel insurance that covers you.
We do not provide a refund if:
-You are able to travel, but must provide a negative Covid-19 test or a proof of vaccination, and you decide you do not want to do this.
-Your flight company cancels or reschedules your flight.
Note: this will be the first year we are running a training camp in the Algarve, so the testimonials below are from our Mallorca training camp run in 2022.
Thanks for a great week of training!
This is my second time at the Scientific Triathlon Mallorca camp. A fantastic place for a spring training camp, Mallorca is one of the best places for cycling that I know. Perfect weather, scenic challenging rides and hotel with great training facilities. Again the camp was great; good swim-bike-run program, guided groups by ability and all around great group of people to train and socialize with.
Supportive and motivating
It was very well organized from the beginning to the end of the camp. The possibility to choose a ride according to our fitness and/or fatigue level was welcome. Coaches were supportive and motivating. The atmosphere was friendly and happy thanks to the overall motivation and the wonderful environment in which we were living. The hotel was comfortable, well located for triathletes, and the food was absolutely great.
Surpassed my expectations at every level
My use case (no cycling) was very particular and Scientific Triathlon accommodated things to fit it, which I totally appreciate. Because of this, I had the opportunity of having individual running and swimming sessions with James (and one swim with Lachie), whose feedback on my technique was priceless. The Pollentia Resort was a convenient bubble where all basic needs were covered and catered for the very specific needs of athletes. Buffets at the restaurants were glorious. Overall, the camp surpassed my expectations at every level.
Good coaches, program and athletes
The flexibility with respect to group level and individual ability was good, and so were the coaches, program and other athletes. The facilities were good, well located and with nice food.
I'll be coming back for many years!
Amazing camp! Trained hard and met many new friends. An experience I'll be coming back to for many years!
Wonderful week, great training and very well organised
The group rides and runs were well organised with coaches in each group. The workshops were excellent and the swim sessions were also very useful. There were plenty of rides with fantastic scenery. The hotel was absolutely ideal, in particular that we could store bikes in our room, and also the food which was the best and most suitable for me of any hotel I have been to. The 2 pools and the gym were also great.
Left the camp more confident
Overall, I enjoyed the sessions and seminars and have left the camp more confident and ready to tackle full distance!
Good organization, nice location, and splendid views
Good organization, nice location with good food and facilities. Great climbs with splendid views, really appreciated that. The swim video analysis was a perfect addition as it always shows where to improve.
Loved the camp and the whole experience in general! I got an intense training week, great information from the workshops, and always found the right ride or run group for my level. It was great to meet my coach and all the other coaches, as well as fellow triathletes of all levels from among the participants.
I had so much fun!!!
The amount of training experience available was incredible. So many intriguing and fun sessions. Plus, I really enjoyed the detailed workshops and the QA session. On top of this, it was truly amazing to have all coaches readily available to answer questions and give feedback. The facilities were great and the hotel landscape is so relaxing. And all participants were so energetic and full of desire to share thoughts and personal experiences.
Very happy with the week
I'm very happy with the week, the training volume and the quality that I got in. Also learned a few new things from the workshops and fellow triathletes, and got to meet a bunch of nice people and some serious athletes as well. Meeting such a diverse group of people sharing a passion for triathlon was actually one of the great positives of this camp.