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Joe Friel Tri Camp report
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Posted on: Thursday 13th May 2010

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Martin Boddie from Sports Tours International has been in contact with his report from the SOLD OUT Joe Friel Middle & Long Distance Tri Camp which took place recently in Mallorca.

Joe Friel Middle & Long Distance Tri Camp20 lucky campers escaped the wintry grasp of their home nations on board planes that were not troubled by clouds of volcanic ash back at the end of March bound for the sunnier climbs of Mallorca and the Joe Friel Middle & Long Distance Camp.

The location and weather for the camp were ideal although it had actually snowed the previous week! The camp was at Club Pollencia on the North of the Island. Camp participants had come from all over the world including the USA, UK, Norway, Germany and Spain to learn from Joe Friel and his team. The legendary Joe Friel was leading the week's coaching and he was supported by his Head Coach, Jim Vance who is also a USA Triathlon Level II Coach.

Jim Vance is an Ironman PRO who as an age grouper won ITU World and XTERRA World Championships. Jim originally started out racing Elite Olympic distance events but then got injured and decided what any sensible triathlete would do given the choice by his doctors of a lengthy lay off or go `longer and slower`. So he entered IM Florida in 2006 and came third overall in his first Ironman! His IM PB is 8:37:09.

During the week Joe and Jim gave a number of really useful classroom seminars on the principles of Ironman racing, nutrition, training as well as numerous swim, bike and run work outs honing athletes' skills for their upcoming races this season. The campers also featured several race simulation activities including `real open water swimming manners` where everyone isn't as polite as in your typical training session and how to cope with that. The camp also covered bike handling skills, cornering and descending skills, climbing, cadence and run technique drills. Each participant also benefitted from having their swim stroke videoed and analysed with Jim Vance featuring an under water camera which was very useful. There were a number of race simulation TTs including one racing up a mountain to a Monastery and a long out-and-back TT to simulate the Ironman bike leg. Several mountain goats were also passed with caution as the group climbed up into the mountains!

Joe Friel Middle & Long Distance Tri Camp

There were also a few very special occasions on the camp. There was a 40th and 50th birthday, you know who you are! Plus there was a couple from America called Bill Herbert and Denise Goode, who had actually only just recently married prior to the Camp and so the Joe Friel Camp was actually their honeymoon! Bill is a heart surgeon and Denise is an ER nurse. Their eyes met across the not so romantic medical tent at IM Hawaii and the rest is history! They came on the camp in preparation for Ironman Lake Placid. So congratulations to you both.

Joe Friel Middle & Long Distance Tri Camp

Commenting on the Camp Joe Friel said, "Overall the camp was a great success and everyone went away having learned a lot, improved their fitness and also made some good friends during their time in Mallorca. Good luck to everyone for your races and the season ahead."

Summing up the Camp Jim Vance said `I really enjoyed working with all the athletes during this week. It was a fantastic group of people who were open to learning and they bonded really well as a group. I could see some real improvements in everyone at all levels of ability.`

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