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Add a camp to your new year plans

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As you make plans for your 2014 training and racing year, consider adding in a triathlon, running or cycling camp to your plans. Many camp offerings exist, from wildly exotic to close-to-home, focusing in on specific accomplishments.

Howie Endurance Project is once again offering high-altitude ultra-running and triathlon camps in the Bighorn Mountains west of Buffalo, Wyoming, about a 6-hour drive from Boulder. These camps bring a unique combination of training, practice, nutrition and mental skills development in a rustic, remote and stunning landscape. Coach Craig Howie leads this camp. An ultra-runner (winner of Silver Rush 50-miler in 2012 and two-time Leadville 100 finisher) and former professional triathlete, Craig bases this camp from his family’s off-the-grid cabin complex at 8000 feet elevation. Trail running and road cycling in this area are spectacular. The triathlon camp also offers a track workout with video analysis of your running form, a swim workout and video again at the gin-clear outdoor pool in Buffalo, and then an open-water swim simulation in this same pool. With the lane lines removed, this pool at 70 x 60 meters is big enough to allow swimmers to practice group starts, buoy turns and a variety of drafting techniques. Jen Howie, Craig’s wife, takes care of the meals, based on solid nutrition principles. Coach Howie provides a mental conditioning session each day, and leads a transition practice session from bike to run (bring your bike trainer) to help you find precious seconds in your second transition. During rest breaks, you can fish for trout in Doyle Creek or wander the meadows. If you like a family atmosphere in the mountains and away from it all, these camps are for you.

Distance Running Camp June-4-8, 2014

Triathlon Camp June 25-29, 2014

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If you want to ride the famous roads of Europe in a group setting, Ridestrong Bike Tours is worth a look. Occasionally owner Julie Gildred organizes a triathlon camp to add in running, strength training and swimming to some of Europe’s classic rides. In 2013 she teamed up with Dave Scott for a tri camp in northern Italy, from Vicenza through the Dolomites and Italian Alps. Luxury accommodations and fine food accompanied the daily climbs over Stelvio, Motirolo and other passes that are classics on the Giro d’Italia bike race routes.

See the entire offerings in Spain, France and Italy for 2014:

Boulder Aquatic Masters is promoting a swim camp this spring in Puerto Rico. BAM Coach Randy Soler leads this camp scheduled for March 22-29 in Isla Verde. Workouts feature a morning open water swim and an afternoon session in the 50-meter indoor pool. The package includes airfare, airport transfers, hotel for six nights, daily full breakfast, bus transportation to the training facilities, pool entry fee, four dinners and coaching. Expeditions are also planned to rainforest, Old San Juan and the Puerto Rico Bioluminescent Bay.

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These are just three examples of camps you might consider if you want to train and learn in some other regions. A camp is a great way to see some new territory, meet other athletes, get some specific coaching advice to refine your skills and gain the fitness you seek for your racing season.



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