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Everything you need to know about coming on camp

Coaching and suitability

How's the week structured?

Our camps in Cyprus run alongside Perry Agass’s elite TriSutto squad. But the aim of the week is not to see whether you can keep up or about how much training you can complete. It’s to give you an insight into the TriSutto methods, provide practical advice to take away and use in your training in your quest to become a better triathlete.

 

There is no pre-determined schedule for the week – it will vary according to the needs and goals of the members of group and may be influenced by the weather.

 

The first day, like most days, will start with a squad swim at 8am in the local open air pool. We cater to all swim (and triathlon) abilities, from new triathletes learning to swim, and experienced 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, and so the programme will develop during the week. There is no “cookie-cutter” standard schedule.

 

Subject to the weather and athlete’s abilities, we may also run a fully supported open water swim session.

 

During the week you will receive advice on swim technique, run technique and bike position and there will be several Q&A sessions, including the opportunity to talk to and quiz some of Perry’s athletes.

 

Rest is an important element of the TriSutto methods – come ready to rest as hard as you train! Bring a book or download your favourite movies before you come. Or squeeze in a round of MiniGolf with your fellow athletes.

Will we do any open water swimming?

The TriSutto method is based around pool-side coaching (you can’t give much advice from a beach!).  All of our swim coaching is, therefore, based in the pool.

 

We recognise that many athletes love to swim in open water, whilst others dread it. We do try to run a group open-water swim at least once per week, often on the Saturday morning. However, it is always dependant on the prevailing weather, athlete ability and safety, and individual timings.

 

Some athletes choose to do a warm-down in the sea in their own time and at their own risk. We urge them not to swim alone or take any unnecessary risks.

How much cycling will we do?

Some training camps are very “ride-focused” with long rides almost every day.

 

During a week on one of our camps you’ll probably still ride almost every day. Rides might include TT (Time Trial) efforts, Brick sessions (Bike / Run), hill reps, recovery rides or longer easy rides. However, it is unlikely that you’ll ride for any longer than 3-4 hours on any single ride.

Can I do more training?

Athletes 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 most.

 

Any such additional training, including before the first day session on Monday and open water swimming is carried out at the athlete’s own risk.

Do I need to be super-fit?

No. You need to be prepared for a week’s training with sessions every day but there’s no need to try and get “camp fit”.

 

You’re here to learn: learn technique and learn about yourself.

Will everyone be faster than me?

It doesn’t matter. The camps are about your own personal improvement, not about racing the other people on the camp or the elite athletes.

I've never done a triathlon before. Does that matter?

No. You need to be prepared to commit to the coaching and get involved but some of our biggest fans came on camp never having done a triathlon before.

Bike: Bring my own or hire?

Should I bring my bike? If so, which one?

Ideally yes. You’re training to race and whether it’s a road bike or TT, it’s preferable to train on the bike that you’re going to race on.

 

During the camp there will often be discussions about your bike set-up too, so again it’s useful to be working with your race bike.

I want to bring my bike but don’t have a bike box, can you make any recommendations?

There are a number of dedicated bike box hire companies, or most local bike shops will rent boxes.

 

BikeBoxAlan are the UK’s go-to bike box manufacturer and they offer a hire service too, that includes delivery and pick-up of the box to and from your own address.

 

We use BikeBoxAlan’s boxes for our own bikes and often have a number of boxes that we can hire out. Please contact us for details.

Can someone help me put my bike back together?

Yes. It’s often on of the first things we do as a training group. In Cyprus we have a mechanic on hand to assist.

 

In the unlikely event of a serious problem we have a great relationship with the local bike shops.

 

We have a full set of tools and “on the road” spares so unless you’re bike is particularly exotic you shouldn’t need to bring any specific tools.

Can I hire a bike?

Yes. Whilst a hire bike is never the same as your own we recognise that it simplifies travel arrangements. Please contact us for details.

Kit List, Packing and Travel

Do I need travel insurance?

Yes, it is a condition of booking that all athletes have comprehensive multi-sport travel insurance. All other guests should also have appropriate travel insurance.

 

We have developed a good relationship with Yellow Jersey and the code ELITE10 will secure you a 10% discount on travel insurance.

What swim kit should I bring?

Our pools swims are generally quite early in the mornings so a wetsuit can help during warm-up. You may also want to bring your wetsuit if you are planning to swim in the sea (in which case a safety buoy may also be useful).

 

Otherwise you simply need:

 

  • Normal swim kit (plus spare goggles)
  • Paddles and pull buoy – we’re big fans of the Eney Buoy by Eney Jones.  They can be purchased from our shop but we will have plenty on camp for you to use
  • Flip flops, towel and sweatshirt for poolside

We do not use fins or snorkels.

What bike kit should I bring my bike?

We have a comprehensive set of tools, track pumps and running-spares although you may wish to bring any specific tools or multi-tools. Otherwise, you need:

 

  • Helmet (compulsory)
  • Normal bike kit & shoes
  • Trisuit is recommended for brick sessions
  • Bike computer (optional)
  • Pedals and computer mount (if you’re hiring). You may even want to consider bringing your own saddle.
  • Drinks bottles
  • Arm & leg warmers – it can be cooler in the mountains and / or wind
  • Rain jacket / gilet
  • Charger for electronic gearing

What run kit should I bring?

  • Normal run kit
  • Cap / race visor
  • Trisuit (recommended for brick sessions)

Do I need to bring nutrition?

We provide water, energy drinks, hydration and snacks. But please bring any gels / bars that you normally use plus any recovery drinks

What else should I pack?

As a rule, less than you expect! A good travel wash should mean that you can limit yourself to as little as two of everything. The hotel also provides shampoo, shower wash etc, so bring:

 

  • Swim shorts / swim suit
  • Books, iPad etc
  • Please note: like many hotels on Cyprus, men are required to wear trousers in the restaurant at dinner
  • Evenings can be cool so bring a jumper or sweatshirt too
  • Daypack / swim bag
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Travel insurance documentation

Will I be picked up from the airport?

Yes. You’ll be met at the airport by a driver from our local agent. The driver will have a name board and will help you with your luggage and bike.

 

Our inclusive transfers are to and from Paphos. The transfer to your hotel is approximately 15 minutes. If there are several athletes arriving together your bikes may be transported in a separate vehicle of a trailer on the van.

 

We can also arrange transfers to and from Larnaca airport (approx 1h 15) at an additional cost. Please contact us for more details.

Can my partner or friend come too if they’re not a triathlete?

Of course. Please contact us about our non-training rates.

Can you arrange childcare?

We can provide more information on the hotel’s kids club etc and we can provide details of independent childcare services. However, we would need you to verify the suitability of these services yourselves.

Cyprus

How long's the flight?

Just over 4 hours from the UK, with a 2 hour time difference.

Which airport do I fly to?

Paphos. It’s served by daily flights from Gatwick and many other UK airports by EasyJet, RyanAir, Jet2, BA, Thomson and others. There are also numerous flights from mainland Europe.

 

Our inclusive transfers are to and from Paphos. We can also arrange transfers to and from Larnaca airport (approx 1h 15) at an additional cost. Please contact us for more details.

What’s the weather like in Cyprus?

The climate is far milder than the UK’s. During the winter it can still be cool (see our comments about arm warmers etc) even at sea-level. And it gets cooler the higher you climb – Cyprus has a ski resort!.

However, the temperature rises steadily through the year but it is still more varied than, say, the Canaries.

 

February to March, it’s probably best to plan on UK spring weather (typically warm, chance of showers but potential for some cooler weather). From late March onwards the weather should be consistently warm.

What else do I need to know about travel to Cyprus?

  • Cyprus has UK power sockets
  • Credit cards are widely accepted, but you will need Euros for lunch, drinks etc
  • All rooms have kettles, fridges and  coffee making facilities.
  • Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel. However, download speeds are slower than in the UK so download any films before you leave.
  • The hotel has a small minimart and there are a number of local shops for bottled water, snacks, fruit etc.
  • Whilst we have additional kit and there are some sports and bike shops in Paphos, availability is limited. So while you probably want to travel light, it is worth bringing spare goggles and anything personal (inhalers etc)