Frequently Asked Questions
We usually do a early morning and a mid / late afternoon workout. All workouts are based around individual needs, the camp venue, and sometimes weather when training in the Western cape. 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.
Included in the camp fee:
-Pick up and return to and from the airport.
-Accommodation for the week
-Entrance to the pool and gym
-2 Training sessions a day
-Bike build (and box)
-Safari game drive
-Coaching / guiding
-Nature reserve fees
Pro triathletes can attend any of our age group camps. We can also arrange access to elite’s training sessions (bike/ run).
Our training camp fees can be paid in Euro’s, Pounds or South African Rands. We have a Dutch, a British and a South African bank account.
Our standard refund policy on camps is as follows: We ask a 50% deposit of the camp fee. The camp is only guaranteed once we received the deposit. Our standard policy is no refund of the deposit, as we have to book the accommodation. 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 and wetsuit – but no fins and no snorkel. Our swim workouts are in the pool and a private dam. 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 we run, there will likely be two workouts in the day. 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.
Our standard camp is eight days, but extra days can be booked for an additionally day fee. 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.