AIMP Camps Updates

Hi all –

I am trying to gauge interest in the 2 remaining camps this season. As you can imagine, this allows for better planning & smarter logistics. PLEASE email if you plan to attend! Also feel free to share with anyone you know that might benefit from these camps for their race season.

TAHOE CAMP: August 18-25

Our usual weeklong camp (year 12!) with plenty of swimming, trail runs and lots of cycling NOT on IM Lake Tahoe course. This camp is free of cost again, with only tips for any SAG Monkey services that might be needed. Here is the typical breakdown and plenty of you might need some adjustment:

SUN: arrival day. easy 3 hr bike, short run off bike.
MON: swim + bigger bike up around Gold Lakes & Sierraville + short run off bike
TUES: swim + longer trail run
WED: Long bike around Lake Tahoe
THURS: swim + trail run
FRI: Medium bike + ez run around Donner Lake
SAT: Swim
SUN: Lake Tahoe Half IM race

PALM SPRINGS Fall Camp: October 17-20

This is a new camp for IM FL, IM AZ, IM Cozumel, IM West. Australia folks, as well as HITS series. Great weather, great pools, track, cycling routes and we’ll include some fun dining etc. This camp is Thursday to early Sunday, allowing for Sunday return home. Due to the logistics of the location, this camp will cost some $$ and depends on numbers: house rental or hotels. The plan would be to rent a bigger house in order to have all meals & recovery time in one location. $$ would cover house, meals, SAG and possible bike transport if needed. ARRIVAL would be Wednesday evening.

THURS: Bigger bike + short Trun
FRI: Swim + Run
SAT: long bike + afternoon stretch out swim
SUN: Short swim + longer run

Thank you!

Tahoe Camp 2012 Update

Hi all –

AIMP Coaching and SAG Monkey is excited to remind you all of AIMP Coaching’s 12th annual Tahoe Summer training camp!  I can’t believe its been 12 years.
Tahoe training camp has always been designed to prepare you for the second half of the season.  Whether an IM or a Half IM, it is a great week of bigger training and beautiful training opportunities.
HOW will it work this year?  Most of you have your own housing opportunities up in Tahoe.  Therefore Nick (SAG Monkey) and I will rent only one bigger house that will serve as headquarters for the week.  BBQ’s, post race relax time, bike mechanical work, dinners, breakfasts when organized, etc. at the house.  We will also meet there and coordinate training rides, runs and just have it as a general camp house.  I am looking for a house ON Donner Lake.
A few people can stay with us in that house – but mainly I am counting on you all finding your own housing – or having your own housing organized.
MEALS: Some meals will be organized.  It depends on what all of the camp attendees would like.  Nick can prep some great meals and BBQ’s.
TRAINING:  The training will be big.  Mainly aerobic – big miles – and I can go into more detail what this means and how important aerobic is when doing a big training week, but this is a big week of training.  We will swim practically every morning, we will be riding plenty long miles, and lots of transition runs and longer trail runs.
MASSAGE can be organized – depends on you and your needs.  If we have enough demand – might be worth bringing someone up.
WHO:  anyone can join.  Friends, other athletes.  It is open.  Please feel free to share this with your training partners etc.  It’s supposed to be a fun, unique and SOLID training week.  Also – if you or anyone is planning IM Tahoe next year – this might not be a bad idea to find out what you got yourself into.
SAG:  special this year is the SAG Monkey.  All our rides and a few runs will be SAGged.  Having the support of the Monkey Mobile along with his helping hand will allow for a better and unique camp experience.
WHEN:  Camp is from July 29 – August 5th.  Join for the week or just a few days, or just a weekend.
COSTS:  We will divide the costs of all into the daily participants.  So, for example:  if we have 12 people taking part early in the camp, those days the costs of SAG, house, and support, or dinners and whatever we decide, will be decided by 12.  If only 6 participants, divided by 6.  As many past participants remember, it is a simple non profit camp.
SCHEDULE:  as we get closer to the event, I will send out a schedule for the week.  As many of you know, the schedule is flexible as it depends on the training load, weather and overall group dynamics etc.  But it will give you an opportunity to review which days (or all) you want to attend.
Please let me know if you plan to attend.  More details to come – but for now just want to get a sense on who will join and prep with housing/camp logistics.

Tucson Spring Training Camp- Update #2

I wanted to follow up with you all in the new year for the AIMP Spring Training Camp in Tucson.  18 of you have already responded that you would like to attend.  I need to finalize rooms and suites by the 16th of January, so things are moving quickly.
I will open up to non AIMPers in the next few days, but wanted to finalize our coached group first.  I would like to hit 25 people since we have 2-3 coaches, and some more help (many of you will meet Shanks at the Coast Ride and most of you know Ben, if he is willing to help again….:-)
More details to follow on the rooms and singles vs. suites etc. but for now – just let me know if you plan to attend this long weekend of great training, great camaraderie, great food and great fun.
RUNNERS:  yes – there is a running only option (Thanks to Kara) so the runners will have their own van for epic trail runs and some active recovery swim & water running.
Thank you, and as always – questions can be sent my way!

IM Louisville mini camp

For those of you doing IM Louisville or just want a great weekend of training in July, I will be in Louisville for a mini camp July 7-10.  This is our 2nd annual IM Louisville mini camp with last year being a great success.  Matt Rose, coach of Dynamo Multisport will also be coaching.  Matt picked up his Kona slot in LOU last year, so plenty of LOU race course experience between the two coaches.  So far we are 10 athletes from throughout the South.  Plenty of cycling, running and swimming in a pretty unique & fun environment.   For more information, as well as pricing & itinerary, please email or

Tahoe 2010 Summer Training Camp Schedule

Sunday, August 1:  4 hour ride with 1 hr transition run – all pre house check in.

Monday, August 2: morning full lake 3 mile swim + easy but paced run around the lake + afternoon spin.

Tuesday, August 3: 45 min lake swim + 4 hr bike + 1.5 hr run off the bike.

Wednesday, August 4: 6 hr bike around Lake Tahoe and 50ish minute transition run

Thursday, August 5: REST DAY:  only a morning 1 hr swim

Friday, August 6: 4.5 hr ride + 1:20 run off the bike

Saturday, August 7th: 45 minute morning swim + 1:45-2hr trail run

Sunday, August 8: 1 hr swim:  Check out at 12 noon.

IM Louisville Mini Camp

Hi all –

In case you are in the Louisville area July 21-24, feel free to join us at our Louisville mini camp. We will be riding the course, swimming the river and running Churchill Downs in prep for IM LOU a few weeks later. This is one of my rare race prep weekends as I won’t be able to attend IM LOU – we will go over course strategy, nutrition, race day management, and of course: proper hydration.

I write this knowing a few of you are coming, but in case any of you are there or want to join, more than welcome to join the festivities and ANY OF YOUR FRIENDS or people you may suggest want to stop by?


Tahoe 2010 is almost here!

Hi all –

Tahoe 2010 is almost here. We have two house reserved from August 1-8 with 10+ bedrooms total. This means we check in SUNDAY mid afternoon and check out Sunday MID morning.

How this works? This is not a formal training camp like Tucson, instead a training week of split costs etc. For some of you this might mean some extra coaching and this will roll somewhat into a training camp atmosphere, but overall the costs are quite low. ANYONE can join – this is not just AIMP athletes – but I will reserve the initial spaces in the 2 houses for AIMP athletes first…

HOUSING: Most of you have you own and we coordinate rides and run daily from the swims in the morning. We will be swimming in Donner Lake EVERY morning besides Wednesday, August 4, and Saturday August 7. FOR THOSE OF YOU staying in one of the AIMP rented homes, all we do is divide the nightly cost of the home by the number of occupants…and there is your nightly cost. Please let me know what nights you plan to attend and I will coordinate houses and rooms for you. Yes, you have your own bed, and those of you who just want to keep it simple and crash for a night, we factor that into cheaper housing of course. BUT, THOSE UP FOR THE FULL WEEK HAVE HOUSING PRIORITY.

FOOD: As out LA boys will tell you – you are on your own. Unlike Tucson there are no meals included and you have your kitchens etc. to get in what you need. We will go out for dinner as a group again as usual towards the latter half of the week, but the remainder of the time we keep it simple in prep for our important training the next days and the multiple workouts per day. We do cook together in the houses I rented AND they are next to each other, so we often cook in one house or the other.

TRAINING: Most of you are on a similar plan. This is for safety and group training purposes. Different this year is that I will not be along for all the workouts. I WILL ASSIST in some training as I can help you on rides with some SAG and other support – but as I have Leadville a few weeks after, I am in a different training space. But we swim every day – we ride 4-6 hrs 4 days, run almost every day, and eventually end up training about 32 hrs in 8 days…For those of you CONFIRMED – I am starting to enter the plan into your Workoutlog.

REMAINING TIME: on average we are training about 4-5 hrs a day but some of the days only 1-2. The remainder of the time is spent relaxing and recovering etc. Of course – its Tahoe and there is also plenty of fun to be had.

MASSAGE: It wouldn’t be an AIMP camp without massage. This is also not included like Tucson, and once I have you confirmed, I will coordinate with Paul Whiting for your schedule – meaning Paul will reach out to you. As you can imagine – there will be plenty of demand, but also plenty of down time to catch up with Paul for some body work.

EXTRAS: I will be video taping (swim – bike & run) – going over some run form – working on your cycling motion – during this week. We will coordinate up there for those times and how we want to coordinate with my training. But those of you in want of this – let me know!

Donner TAHOE SWIM: In the past we have messed around with this – but in order for that Saturday to be a decent and SAFE training day – I prefer to get you on the road earlier that day. We will have swum the length of Tahoe by then 2x already and waiting around until 8:30am for this swim to start and paying $50 is not worth it. Many years we have started at 7 and been done by the time the race even starts – yet done the same swim for free!

CONFIRMING: Please email me that you are attending (DATES!) unless you are

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Please let me know of ANY questions and logistics…I look forward to seeing you up there and this should be another great week, our 10th ANNUAL!!

Tahoe Training Camp 2010

Hi all –

It has not been on the website so I wanted to give you all the heads up for the dates and format:

For our 10th YEAR!!…….:

AIMP 2010 Summer training week – Donner Lake & Lake Tahoe
August 1-8, 2010

FYI – NO TAHOE NEXT YEAR: AIMP will be in Germany racing IM Regensburg as a group/team in 2011.

HOW: I rent two houses for those that need a place to stay. Many stay with friends or at family homes or rent their own houses.

WHAT: We ride, run and swim a lot every day. Beautiful rides, great runs and the best (in my opinion) swimming.

WHO: Anybody can join. Just a training week, so whatever or however you need to – we can do all up there.

WHO: Great for late season IM training, Half IM training and general kick ass fun traincation. IMC and IM LOU of course a great last push.

COST: NONE – if you are staying in the houses I rent, then we divide that up fairly by days there and people in house etc. You pay your own food, transport etc.

I will try to get a head count soon, but for now, save the date. IF you already know you are coming, then let me know.


Going Camping – The value of training camps and what to look for

Going Camping – The value of training camps and what to look for
By Chris Hauth

This is the time of year many of us consider a training camp to break up the monotony of training. After many sweaty winter hours on the trainer due to weather or work, spending some time riding outdoors in great locations sounds appealing. But training camps are not limited to training in warmer, more desirable climates in the winter or spring – there are good training camps all year. Some great locations include Boulder, San Diego, Tucson, Lake Tahoe, North Carolina etc.: the only thing you need is some beautiful cycling terrain with good roads, some running trails and a lake or pool. But what makes training camps so beneficial besides the change of scenery or warmer climates? And what should we look for when choosing a training camp?

Why go Camping?

(I will not include cycling trips and athletic travel in this discussion. In my opinion these are vacations and while they can help maintain fitness, you want the flexibility and freedom during these trips to venture beyond our triathlon obsession).

One of my athletes asked me the other day why she can’t just replicate the training camp volume and miles at home vs. going off to some exotic location. It prompted me to clarify a few ingredients that make a training camp successful and extremely beneficial to your training. These include the proper training load given the time of year, the ability to rest & sleep, the value of massage & stretching, good nutrition and limited distractions.

A training camp should not ‘shell’ you. It should be a small, manageable spike in volume that you can absorb injury free and maintaining your health. Especially at this time of year a sudden jump in volume to summer fitness levels might spell trouble: injuries might flare up (hamstring, calves, hip flexors) or sickness due to the tax on the immune system from the increased training load – just consider that return home to colder climates from a warm one! All the volume at a camp is thrown out the window if you are sick for days after. A well-coached camp will ask you for your current training loads and modify/apply the training at this camp for you. Also, that slight increase in volume can be a slingshot to a new fitness level, or be a new plateau from which you begin your next phase of training. I look for my training camps to spike about 15-20% from the athletes’ biggest week so far this season: this also requires a balanced swim, bike and run approach.

Taking this healthy volume into account, add daily massage and rest for optimal recovery, combine it with good nutrition during & post training, and you are setting yourself up for maximum preparation for the next training day, and the next, and the next. The key to a good camp is the ability to absorb the daily training load effectively and feel good the next day. Being too tired to train effectively during a camp is not what you should feel. Of course there will be some fatigue in getting the day started, but overall you should ‘warm up’ into another solid day of training.

Lastly, subtract the daily stress of work and other distractions add in some down time to focus on training, racing and other triathlon improvements (seminars or talks?), we now start to notice our ability to withstand the load of a training camp much better. Remember, this training camp might only be a 15% increase in volume, but across all three disciplines this might be a significant jump in your weekly average.

After one of my recent camps, some of the feedback included asking for more volume as well as the satisfaction that the training ‘felt’ really good despite thinking the fitness was not there yet. This is exactly the outcome I look for from a camp: clearly the athlete had absorbed the volume spike well and by feeling good, the benefits of massage, sleep, nutrition and a stress-free environment all had the desired result. Imagine the feedback had we attempted more volume and taking less care of ourselves during that 7-day camp? As I mentioned, we don’t want to return home ‘shelled’.

What to look for when going Camping:

There are plenty of training camps out there, and the offering seems to be growing every year. I think it is great that as an athlete we can choose from fun domestic locations as well as some pretty sweet international ones. But how to distinguish between them? What is the athlete supposed to look for when choosing from the vastly different offering of training camps? I have my athletes look at the following:

1) Volume – most think a training camp requires huge volume. There are tales of crazy miles and shoulder busting sets in the pool. Well, besides Epic Camps, that is not the ideal camp volume for most: see above for the ‘shelled’ reasoning. But also, what time of year is it? When is your A race? No reason to go big miles in February for a July race. That fitness will not carry over. When choosing a camp, look for the volume that is slightly above your biggest current week and matches where you are in your season.

2) Coaching – This sounds simple, but coaching can make or break a camp experience for you. Does the coaching staff have experience with training camps? What is the ability of the coaches? You don’t want to go riding with coaches that are not familiar with your athletic ability and therefore can’t provide input or tips for improvement. How well can they ‘coach’ swimming technique? Do they have the ability to help you in all three disciplines? I have gotten feedback at past camps that I train too much during the camp – not giving the athletes enough of my time. These days I no longer train; I ride along and spend more time with the athletes. Look for a coaching staff with an 8~10 to 1 coach ratio, a coaching staff that not only has camp experience but is able to provide serious coaching value to you during your time with them – in all three disciplines.

3) Location – Sure a warmer climate sounds great, but is it all hills? Is it just one or two roads? Many athletes have mentioned some great locations for camps to me but I have often turned them down due to impossible training camp logistics: Kona – boring riding and running the same Queen K for days, and its dangerous! Jackson Hole – do you want to do a big training week at 7000 ft? You can quickly see what can happen in some great locations. Once again, look for what your A race is and maybe mimic that terrain? Or, what is it that you want to work on? Hilly or flat runs? Open water swims or pool time? The main thing is to understand where you are going and why. I had many of my athletes do Tucson with me because its great preseason terrain – flat, open, steady spinning miles. Come August, we will go to Lake Tahoe for some big miles at my summer training camp – hilly, hard, hot, difficult miles since we are at a different fitness level then.

4) Ability – Epic Camp does it well; they take resumes and really try to keep the ability level close. MultiSport on the other hand takes anybody and makes it work. Know who is attending the training camp and feel comfortable knowing you’ll have plenty of people to ride and run and swim with. It is no fun being off the back at an elite camp with only top-notch age groupers and pros. Sure it is fun to ‘train with the Pros’ at times, but that is interesting until they drop you on the first climb.

5) Desired outcome – Here is the big closer: are you looking to have fun or train very seriously? Is it a social week or an opportunity to train to the best of your ability? Are you looking for a slingshot to the next level of fitness or just to get away from a few feet of snow? Are you previewing a race location or doing race simulation? Are you pulling a Jan Ullrich and training yourself into shape (fat camp) or are you looking to train against some faster athletes and test yourself? All these are just some of the outcomes people attend camp for. Whichever it is, know where you want to be (or what you want to look like) when you return home. It makes those new few weeks feel much better knowing that it had the desired effect (and feel less guilty for the $ spent!).

Training Camps are one of the perks in our sport. It allows us to combine training with travel. It’s a change of scenery with an added benefit of feeling great about how we spend our vacation days. And, if done right, it can help you reach a new level of fitness that sets up a great racing season. On the other hand you can make new friends, learn about nutrition & race strategy or just get massaged twice a day for 7 days! You’ll still return home feeling great!

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