Frequently Asked Questions

What is the structure of training camps?
Most 3YO camps are help in conjunction with pro camp. You may be swimming in the lane next to the Olympic Champion, or Hawaii Ironman Champion – if they are in camp at that time. Most days start with squad swim, with 7am our usual swim time. Every lane will be doing something different in the pool depending on athlete ability levels. We cater to all swim (and triathlon) abilities, from new triathletes learning to swim, and experience professionals. We seed lanes accordingly, and each lane will do a variation of the same workout – just modified to suit their ability. We usually do a late morning and a mid / late afternoon workout, unless it is a long ride day when we might just ride as our other training that day. All workouts are based around individual needs, the camp venue, and sometimes weather when training in the mountains of St Moritz. All visiting athletes will receive advise on swim technique, run technique and bike position from Annchen during workouts. e.g. when we run, there will be a discussion about running technique before / after the workout, and athletes will receive advise during the workout on their own technique. The aim of the week is not to see how much training can be complete, but to provide athletes with useful and practical advise, to take away and use in their own training at home after camp. ** athletes who attend camp are welcome to add additional work if they so wish – e.g. extend their ride(s), run(s) etc. However, we usually find the week as scheduled to be sufficient for the majority.

We cater for all levels, new, experienced and pro athletes. Our aim is to help athletes with their technique, and give them some tools to take away to continue improving at home. Current fitness and ability are less important than willingness to learn and enjoy working on the process of improving.

Camp fee is a coaching fee for the camp. Athletes make their own travel and accommodation arrangements. As different athletes have different expectations and price brackets, we allow athletes the flexibility to book their own accommodation while maintaining a camp fee we think is exceptional value.

Pro triathletes can attend any of our age group camps. You will be free to join the other professional athletes training in the squad.

All products are priced in US Dollars.

Camp fee is a coaching fee for the camp. Athletes make their own travel and accommodation arrangements. As different athletes have different expectations and price brackets, we allow athletes the flexibility to book their own accommodation while maintaining a camp fee we think is exceptional value.

Our standard refund policy on camps is as follows: Full refund if more than 60 days before camp start date. 50% refund if 60 – 30 days before camp start date. If less than 30 days, then on a case by case basis, but due to short notice our standard policy is no refunds, as our camps did sell out last year. ** less credit card processing fees incurred. Transfer between camps is available if there are places available.

Payment is made at the time of booking. Bookings close when each camp fills. We do not hold reservations. We cap camps at 12 athletes, so each athlete gets their own individual attention and advice.

Please bring all of your swim gear, including your collection of paddles, buoy – but no fins and no snorkel. You will not need your wetsuit. All our swim workouts are in the pool. Bring the bike you use for racing as we can look at your position at ‘race pace’ and help advise on that.
Anyone who wants to improve their performance should consider a camp, no matter what their current level. If you’re an advanced athlete, you will likely need to get away and escape your daily life demands to just focus on training and recovering from sessions, as well as re-energizing your motivation.

If you’re a beginner, you will likely need the same thing, but with a bit more learning and technical skills focus—tri camps are an opportunity to spend quality time on the skills you need to improve on. There’s so much to the sport of triathlon that it really does require a commitment of time to master it. A camp is a devotion of time for improvement and mastery of the sport. Everyone needs to devote time, from elites to beginners; it’s just how they use the time that separates them.


At a typical training camp I run, there will likely be three workouts in the day, all three disciplines, with meals catered so athletes don’t have to deal with anything besides training and recovering. We will also include one classroom-like session, where we break down underwater or running video footage to better assess technical flaws and focus. We may also have private meetings with athletes—just to break down their goals for the upcoming season, other questions they might have, strategies, or even discussing mental barriers and figuring out what is holding an athlete back.I really try to focus on getting our athletes to be better racers. So much of racing is attitude, and once an athlete understands and embraces that, they make big strides. At any camp, I’m looking to make athletes better racers because that is the entire point of what we do.
I’ve done camps as short as three days, but as long as eight days. It really depends on the athletes and their commitments outside of the sport. You can find a wide range of camp lengths. But again, devotion of time is key to mastering the sport, so generally the more time you can devote to a camp, the more you will get out of it as an athlete.
Camps have a wide range of prices, and really depend on what an athlete is looking for. Training venues, facilities, services, locations, travel to/from the camp, they all play a role in costs.

Athletes don’t need an official camp, they can do it cheap if they just want to go and train by themselves or with a few friends. They can just go to a place and escape, just to focus on training. Peter Reid used to rent a cabin on the volcano in Kona, and it was just himself, isolated, as he prepared for the Ironman World Championships there.

Brett Sutton trains his group in the Philippines part of the year, because it’s cheap and there are few distractions. It’s not the fanciest of facilities, but it doesn’t need to be in order to be effective. It’s like his athletes are at a training camp most of the season.

One of the things about a coordinated camp by a coach is that the coach’s job is take care of everything for you, to let you better focus on what you want and need, which is your training and preparation. We’ve done camps in Mallorca, Costa Rica, Tucson, Ariz., San Luis Obispo, Calif., and Tenerife in the Canary Islands, and we always try to make it as easy as possible for the athletes, so the devotion of time is maximized.