Why participate in a training camp before an event, in general?
Participating in a training camp before an event is an important part of
the preparation. This is a key time to review your fitness and increase training volume while taking advantage of the group's dynamics. It offers the external perspective of a coach and the opportunity to interact with other athletes.
What is special about a stage for the TIME Triathlon Alpe d'Huez? What makes it different from another training camp?
It is essential to recon the course, but when we talk about the TIME Triathlon Alpe d'Huez, the word "recon" takes on its full meaning. A mythical climb cannot be improvised. It is a difficult race and you have to know its layout and its many particularities. For me, if you want to succeed in your race, it seems vital to come and see the courses. It saves time. This allows you to better manage your effort, familiarize yourself with the downhills and implement appropriate race strategies.
In 2018, you already led a first training camp with the chalet La Perle de l'Oisans via Alp TRI Training in Vaujany. What were your conclusions?
It was a magnificent camp, a superb setting, a top infrastructure; the trainees swam in an open environment, rode and ran in stunning landscapes. We also swam in the pool, did yoga and even discovered the local waterfalls. The training was adapted to all levels. Everyone left with a big smile and lots of memories.
Without revealing the content of the workshop, how do you establish a program adapted to all levels?
The training camp is open to everyone. We adapt to best meet the expectations and needs of triathletes. Before the stage, I send a questionnaire asking the trainees their objectives, their athletic backgrounds... I then adapt the session structures according to the level. It is a very professional support crew, for example, we had SAG assistance for the rides. The friendly atmosphere creates a real solidarity between the athletes.