Integrate training camp into 70.3 plan

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    Hi there,

    A friend an I are currently in week 4 of the Level 1 18 week 70.3 training plan. For week 8, we have planned a little 7 day training camp in beautiful Mallorca, Spain. Naturally, we want to make to most of our time there and we are now wondering, how we should approach this.

    During those 7 days, we have all the time in the world to ride our bikes and run (swimming might be a bit more tricky since there’s no pool where we stay and we are going with a couple of cyclists who don’t like water). Should we just ignore the plan for this week? Or can we somehow extend the prescribed rides and runs?

    How to behave once we are back and need to recover from the additional training load? Thank you very much for your help! Best regards Matt

    Leyla Porteous

    Hi Matt,

    That sounds like a fun trip! Training Camps can be a lot of fun and give you a great fitness boost if done right.

    I always recommend looking at a “camp” type training experience like you would a race or event. If you are going to be training more then its a good idea to reduce your training a little beforehand so you arrive fresh and ready, and then do a little recovery after to absorb all that additional training. I would say as long as you keep an 80/20 intensity balance on what you do that week you can add in some additional volume as you are away from work and home etc. A week focusing on bike and run without the swim is not going to have a huge impact on your training, just be sure to have consistent swimming before you go, and then focus on your swimming during those recovery days when you return. Adding bike volume is less risky then run volume so be sure to not overdo your running that week.

    After 2-4 days depending on fatigue you can return to your normal training plan.

    Have fun!

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