Thanyapura Phuket is set to host its most advanced triathlon training camp ever in August, offering a high performance tune up ahead of the sport’s gruelling pinnacle in Kona, Hawaii – devised by an expert who knows what it takes to triumph there.
With September’s Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Quebec and October’s Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, at the forefront of the minds of serious triathletes the world over, Thanyapura Executive Chairman Chris McCormack – a two-time Kona winner – has announced he will lead this year’s Super Camp personally.
Mr McCormack said the Super Camp offers triathletes the chance to train alongside some of the best professionals in the world, with a programme devised by Mr. McCormack and fellow Ironman legend Jurgen Zack, Thanyapura’s Triathlon Senior Head Coach.
“I like to call it a pro fantasy camp,” Mr McCormack said, of the August 23-30 Super Camp. “It’s a camp that the pros will use in the build up to Kona, and it’s a camp that I did last year. Anyone who’s been to Thanyapura knows that we have elite personnel and facilities. We have Andrea Capellari, a mind-conditioning coach to build mental strength and positivity.”
“We’ve got an outstanding strength and conditioning programme, we do baseline blood work, we have arguably the best 50m swimming pool in Asia, probably the only 500m running track in the world, and the cycling opportunities in the area are ideal.”
“The hot conditions will prepare athletes to better handle Kona’s stifling heat, and it’s also a useful tune-up and progress checkpoint for those looking ahead to the Laguna Phuket Tri-Fest events in late November.”
Thanyapura’s 23-hectare megaplex is a regular training base for – among other triathlon stars – two-time world champion Caroline Steffen, Ronnie Schildknecht, the only man to win the same elite triathlon event seven straight times, and Australian Hall of Famer Belinda Granger.
Mr McCormack knows better than anyone the agony and ecstasy of racing at Kona, winning his first title there in 2007, after coming a close second the year before, and failing to finish in his first and third attempts in 2002 and 2004. In 2005 he finished 6th, making the sport sit up and take notice with the fastest run split of the race. McCormack was again triumphant in 2010, defeating two-time defending champion Craig Alexander in an all-Australian battle for honours.
Thanyapura attracts athletes of all levels looking to better their performance and get more out of life, with Olympic-standard facilities and a world-class stable of coaches, sports scientists, sports psychologists, dieticians, physiotherapists and chiropractors – with everything underpinned by Thanyapura’s unique three-dimensional coaching model for the mind, body and soul.
The 77-room Thanyapura Sports Hotel provides comfortable, quiet and modern rooms, the highest quality organic food with special athletes’ menus, is served at DiVine restaurant. Thanyapura Health’s integrated medical treatments and therapies from chiropractic services to physiotherapy are available for those battling injury. Highly trained massage therapists are also on hand to provide transformative sports treatments.
The pristine environment offers clean air and fast, open roads while beautiful beaches and the Phuket International Airport are a short drive away.
The Super Camp will also feature a motivational evening with Mr McCormack and Mr Zack, with video analysis, swim and run technique analysis, ice baths, a round trip airport transfer and mind training sessions.
“As you must have worked out already, Thanyapura is not a normal sports and wellness destination,” Mr McCormack said. “It uses the most sophisticated methods to get the very best out of the body and mind. I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t believe that. My whole life has been governed by the pursuit of excellence, and that is Thanyapura’s ethos too.”
Mr McCormack, who still competes at the top level at age 41, was once dubbed by ESPN as the fittest man on Earth, and has won more than 220 international races while becoming the only triathlete to be crowned ITU Olympic-distance World Champion (short course) and Ironman World Champion (long course).
Thanyapura Triathlon Super Camp costs THB 45,000 (approximately USD1,400) or Twin Share at THB33,800 (approximately USD1,100), please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
In photo: Ramping up for the Thanyapura Triathlon Super Camp (left to right): Triathlete Philipp Luehrs, Thanyapura Executive Chairman Chris McCormack, Michael Murphy (winner of the Golden Triangle Triathlon) and Thanyapura Junior Triathlon Coach Ben Hammond.