- Darren Smith European Dsquad Tri Camp - Morzine, France 21 Jun 2013
- Tenerife Swim Faster Camp with Dan Bullock from Swim For Tri 15 Feb 2014
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Coaches Top Tip
- Try hard or perform well? Which is preferred for your brain surgeon? It's the same for athletes. Train for performance, not effort.
- In the spring you may begin to feel bullet-proof. Resist the temptation to leap tall buildings. Patience!
- The harder your hard workouts, the easier your easy ones.
- Want to be excellent? Everyone has the desire to excel; few have the will to make it happen.
- You can't make a tired muscle stronger. You can only improve its endurance.
- Being 100% healthy is more important than being 100% fit. Don't force it in the early stages of injury or illness. Back off.
- For the experienced athlete, intensity, not volume, is the key.
- I discover who I am when I race.
- Training your muscles is much more important than training your heart.
- Training is science. Racing is art.
- True champions win, but they also know how to lose.
- Swimmers, golfers and tennis players practice skills daily. Too many runners and cyclists just run and ride.
- Everyone has the will to win. It's the will to work that makes winners.
- The closer to your A-priority race the less important volume becomes and the more important intensity & duration become.
- Focus on the process, not the outcome.
- The 2 main elements of recovery are sleep and nutrition. Neglect either and recovery is prolonged.
- Whether you're a pro or novice, only 3 things can be changed in workouts: frequency (how often), intensity (how hard), duration (how long).
- When you come into top form you experience physical changes that border on astonishing.
- Do you accept setbacks as steps on the way to success or as signs you simply can't do it?
- Discipline: how important to you are nutrition, sleep, periodization, goal setting, sport skills, attitude, health, strength?
- What does it take to be mentally tough for sport? Dedication. Discipline. Confidence. Perseverance.
- The most common mistake athletes make? Not enough rest. Rest is when fitness happens.
- No dreams, no goals and no priorities means permanent mediocrity.
- The bigger your athletic goals, the more your lifestyle must be focused on achieving them.
- Most athletes don't get how important movement economy is. Most would go faster from improved economy than from improved VO2max.
- As you approach race day your training should become more like the race. This is the foundation of periodization.
- The common denominator for all of the best athletes I have known is a 'can-do' attitude.
- Four words are the keys to success for top performers: Just a little more.
- Good athletes don't become good by training randomly. You need a plan to achieve your goals and purpose for each workout.
- Do the least amount of most specific training at appropriate times that produces the desired results. All else is overtraining.
- I see many goals that are actually wishes - vague desires for grand achievements that are poorly defined. Clarity is needed for success.
- Recovery is just as important as a hard workout. Train hard. Rest harder.
- Racing is how I find out who I am, what my limits are, and how I can overcome them.
- Best way to improve running? Frequency. Most common cause of running injuries? Frequency.
- A hard workout only creates the potential for fitness. It's realized when you allow for recovery.
- Peak athletic success takes months and years, not hours and days. Be patient and train consistently.
- High frequency improves sport skill efficiency. High duration does the opposite.
- Consistent and moderate training are the keys to success in endurance sport.
- To run or climb faster remove excess weight, increase muscular power, or, preferably, both. It's hard to be fast dragging an anchor.
- 1 pound of excess fat costs roughly 1.5 watts on a climb and 2 seconds per mile when running a 10k.
- The fastest way to raise your VO2max is to lose excess weight.
- If you haven't changed your mind on how you train in 2 years, check your pulse. You may be dead.
- In order to find your limits, it is sometimes necessary to exceed them. But rarely.
The week long camp was based in the beautiful town of Riccione in the hilly region of Emilia-Romagna where Marco Pantani lived and trained. The camp culminated with the option to ride in Italy’s largest Gran Fondo Nove Colli. Athletes travelled from all over the world to attend the camp with Joe Friel and TrainingBible Coaching UK’s Will Newbery. The riding in the region took in some amazing local terrain with stunning scenery and equally challenging hills. The group were accompanied by expert local guides throughout the week taking in some of the best routes in the area as well as some of the most dramatic café and gelato stops! Swim work outs took place at the nearby 50m indoor pool and in the beautiful Mediterranean Sea. A highlight of the week was an evening with Gordo Byrn who co-wrote Going Long with Joe Friel. Gordo’s talk gave the athletes plenty to think about and like all the coaching on the week meant the camp participants returned home knowing how to train and race smarter. All the athletes’ needs were met with an abundance of local fresh food on offer, local mechanic, and laundry delivered daily so they were able to just enjoy a fantastic weeks training, learning and making new friends.
- Tri Dynamic Spring Tri Camp with Joe Friel, Mallorca, March 2013
- Dan Bullock Swim Faster Camp, Tenerife Top Training, Feb 2013
- Darren Smith Triathlon Masterclass, Feb 2013
- Darren Smith DSquad Australian Tri Camp, Jan 2013
- Dan Bullock Winter Swim Workshop, Hampton Pool, Nov 2012
- Kona Quest Camp with Joe Friel, Oct 2012
- Darren Smith Triathlon Masterclass, London Olympics, Aug 2012
- Italian Triathlon Camp with Joe Friel, May 2012
- Joe Friel Andalucia Triathlon Camp, March 2012
- Swim Faster Camp with Dan Bullock, Tenerife, February 2012
- Tri Dynamic Northern Run Clinic with Kinetic Revolution, February 2012
- Tanja Slater Swim Improvement Clinic, January 2012
- Triathlete Testing Weekend, Physio4Life, Oct 2011
- Joe Friel and Jim Vance Seminars, Royles Wilmslow, June 2011
- Official Camp of Ironman Switzerland with Joe Friel, June 2011
- Joe Friel Women Only Triathlon Camp, Calella April 2011
- Jim Vance Swim Seminars Hampton Pool January 2011
- Joe Friel Tenerife Winter Triathlon Camp January 2011
- Joe Friel Laying the Foundations Testing Camp Oct 2010
- Jim Vance Swim Seminars Hampton Pool, London September 2010
There were several sessions during the camp where I realized "This information is worth what I paid for the camp" – not once, not twice, but three times! The one-on-one meeting with Joe Friel, the session at Endurance Rehab and the swim sessions were the three things that took this camp over the top!
Russell, Chicago (Laying the Foundations Testing Camp, Scottsdale)
- A great training camp at a fantastic venue with top class coaches. It not only laid the best foundation for the next season but also recharged my batteries. The host, Tri Dynamic, played an important role in the success, with excellent service and support both before and during the camp. I am confident that with the knowledge and inspiration from the week in Scottsdale my next season will be the best ever!
Tim, Sweden (Laying the Foundations Testing Camp, Scottsdale)
- I recently attended the Tri Dynamic camp in Scottsdale with Joe Friel and Adam Zucco as coaches. The knowledge that I gained about training and building a training program incorporating speed skill and increasing my economy in all three sports was more then I had ever expected. I not only learned from the coaches but every one else that was at the camp. Martin made sure to make every thing ran smoothly and set up a fantastic resort to stay in. The session with Endurance Rehab was also fantastic. I had been struggling with a nagging injury and by following there advice I am confident I will be able to train injury free this season. The bike fitter I was set up with at Bicycle Ranch was amazing. I am not only more informed about my training but I feel like I have come out of this experience with tools that would have taken years for me to learn on my own. Thank you Martin Boddie and Tri Dynamic, Joe and Joyce Friel, Adam Zucco, Endurance Rehab, and Bicycle Ranch.
Melissa, Arizona (Laying the Foundations Testing Camp, Scottsdale)
- The Joe Friel "Laying the Foundations Testing Camp" was the perfect way to prepare for next season. Great coaching from Joe Friel and Adam Zucco in all three sports helped highlight "limiters" that could be the focus in off-season training. Classroom discussions on nutrition, fundamentals of endurance training and fitness, and the mental aspects of racing all proved helpful. The evaluation done by Endurance Rehab was an important "check up" to help identify individual strength training exercises and the professional bike fit has helped my cycling form and comfort. Overall the camp was an ideal way to enter the off-season and it was well organized by Tri Dynamic with good administration and support throughout. Thanks for a great time.
Nick, New York (Laying the Foundations Testing Camp, Scottsdale)
- The Tri Dynamic/Joe Friel training and evaluation camp in Scottsdale stands head and shoulders above the other camps I have attended. The scientific, customized approach to developing the athletes is combined with good humor, a great venue and flawless execution. Getting an hour alone with Joe Friel to discuss seasonal and lifetime goals was unforgettable. The team at Endurance Rehab are simply the best in the US at identifying physical limiters and developing programs to eliminate or reduce them. I learned more about swim technique from Adam Zucco in three sessions than I had in years of Masters swim. The bike fit and VO2 testing set a great basis for next spring. Martin Boddie set up and ran the logistics with great care and a terrific attitude. Compared to the improvement you can expect next season, these camps are a bargain.
Seamus, New York (Laying the Foundations Testing Camp, Scottsdale)
- The Tri Dynamic Tenerife Winter Tri Camp with Joe Friel and Jim Vance was the perfect escape from my city job to go and do what I love best, Cycling! I have competed in triathlon in the past and the Swim sessions relit my passion for the water. The location, hotel, food and support were great. Training at the T3 facility with its state of the art swim flume surrounded by professional athletes was motivational. The legendary coaches, staff and participants were all passionate and friendly. Don’t be fooled though, it’s not a holiday! You will be working very hard on a Tri Dynamic Camp and will go home with more knowledge and confidence than you ever imagined possible.
Rachel Przybylski, (Joe Friel Tenerife Winter Triathlon Camp, Jan 2011)
- All the effort by the Tri Dynamic team to make this a great camp were much appreciated. I leave very inspired and way ahead on my technical knowledge. I came with a goal of improving my HIM time by 15 minutes and I think I have the tools to do it!
Rod Reynolds, Gloucestershire, (Joe Friel Tenerife Winter Triathlon Camp, Jan 2011)
- A friend recommended the Jim Vance Swim Seminar to me and as it happened to be at my local pool I thought I would attend. I knew it would be very informative but I didn't expect to benefit too much from a group swim session. However I was amazed at how much I learned and the effect it had on my own swimming technique. Jim Vance is such an experienced and intuitive coach and to have the opportunity of him commenting personally on the way I swim and to suggest just a couple of spot on alterations has completely turned around the way I swim. I left the seminar feeling really motivated to get on with my training and to put into practice his technique suggestions. The seminar was very interesting, entertaining, well organised and most of all effective. Thank you Jim and Tri Dynamic.
Sylvia, London, Tri Dynamic Jim Vance Jan 2011 Swim Seminars at Hampton Pool
- The swimming clinic, led by coach and former elite triathlete, Jim Vance was a lot of fun and very well organised by the team at Tri Dynamic. Jim Vance has a totally different take on triathlon swimming technique to many more traditional coaches but this only added to the experience. Catch, pull and recovery never seemed so exciting!
Garth Fox, London, Tri Dynamic Jim Vance Jan 2011 Swim Seminars at Hampton Pool
- We're triathlon absolute-beginners and wanted to learn some good swimming techniques at the start of our journey. Jim Vance was fantastic - the individual feedback given was spot on and provided in a very non-judgemental and supportive manner. We both came away feeling really motivated, thank you Tri Dynamic for such an excellent session.
Laura & Johan, London, Tri Dynamic Jim Vance Jan 2011 Swim Seminars at Hampton Pool
- It was a great camp from start to finish. Professionally run, friendly, supportive, encouraging and tough without being a stretch too far. A big thank you to everyone involved in making my first triathlon camp such an enjoyable and memorable one.
Vicky Robertson, Northampton Triathlon Club, Joe Friel Barcelona Women Only Triathlon Camp, Calella, Spain, April 2011
- Just wanted to say thanks for putting on such a great camp. I think the organisation was absolutely fantastic and the coaching was second to none. I feel I got a great deal out of this week and will definitely be putting it all to use as best I can.
Martin and Beckie: the logistics were superb and well done for being so flexible in terms of groups, timings and the desires of each and every one of us. I realise it's not easy but you have both done a superb job. Hotel, restaurant, facilities and overall location were very well chosen as we had access to pretty much everything we needed. The camp is truly fantastic value for money given the quality of services and level of attention we were given throughout. Joe and Jim: thanks for all the invaluable input and for being so available to chat and discuss things with us all. I found your pedagogy and overall approach to coaching illuminating, refreshing and very much in-line with what i was looking for coming into the camp. I look forward to working with and learning from you again soon.
Pasha Baktiar, UAE & Switzerland, Joe Friel Official Training Camp of Ironman Switzerland, Rapperswil, June 2011
- Can you improve perfection? I personally feel the camp was superb with literally a perfect balance between training, skill work and classroom activities. Please keep doing what you do so well – providing world class coaching camps that are accessible to everyone
Mick Proud, Durham, Joe Friel Official Training Camp of Ironman Switzerland, Rapperswil, June 2011