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  • How great is it to be in the sunshine of Florida in January?

    Making the most of the great USAT facility to do outdoor AT testing.

    Some one on one analysis with run guru Danny Abshire.

    Practicing some swim starts in one of the many pools at Club Med.

    Welcome to the endless buffet....

    A few nerves before the finale....The Club Med Intergalatic Swim/Run Championships.


    Blessed sunshine from Florida and back home to San Diego.

    The 2004 season is fast coming upon us. At we are certainly a confirmed crew of warm weather ‘softies’. Two camps in Southern Florida in the month of January, and back to sunny San Diego for our annual Winter Camp.

    Out first time camp in Clermont proved to be a great success. The weather co-operated and with freezing temperatures around the country, everyone was thrilled to get outdoors to ride, run and most of all swim in the unreal pool at the USAT Training facility. The rolling hills of the surrounding Clermont area gave everyone a break from their trainers….and not to waste the precious sunshine…..the computrainers for the AT test were set-up outside on the pool deck.

    The following week it was down to Port St Lucie, for our second Club Med camp. The schedule was much the same as the week before. Bike set-up, videotaping , AT testing, along with the lectures and of course the workouts, outdoors in the 70 degree weather. In fact Friday a small group of athletes who were getting ready for early season Ironman racing in New Zealand and Australia, headed out for a 6 hour extravaganza under the guidance of one of the local triathletes.

    One of the talking points of the camp is undoubtedly the 3 times a day visit to the buffet. This is the one camp, that no matter how much training you may do….there is simply no ‘cutting weight’. The favorite leisure time activities this year, were once again the trapeze lessons and golfing. The week finished off with our second swim/run event on Sunday morning. A quick 400m pool swim followed by a 5K run.

    Now it is back in San Diego, where our ‘winter’ camp is under way, during this very busy week. It is also the week for the Endurance Sports awards at Sea World, so the whose, who of triathlons and multisports have rolled into town. Piggy backing the triathlon camp, is a big weekend for the wind tunnel. A full schedule of athletes starting with the incomparable Joe Boness on Thursday, an event to honor Eddy B. and many of the great names of the US cycling Team, on Friday, rolling on into a packed schedule Sunday and Monday, will see many using this amazing facility to try and eke out the extra edge for the coming season.

    Stay tuned.