Your chance at a once-in-a-lifetime experience

Kick off 2018 by training with Heather Jackson, Kona Superstar and Wattie Ink. professional triathlete, in Tucson, Arizona—Triathlon's Southwest Training Grounds.


2018 Wattie Ink. Tucson Dream Camp with Heather Jackson and the Wattie Ink. Pros

We take our camps to the next level, returning to where it all started: tucson, arizona.

5-Day/4-Night Camp:
Thursday, 3/8 Through Tuesday, 3/13
$2895 for double-occupancy room
$2695 for current CBCG athletes

Heather Jackson and I met at a pro camp in Tucson years ago, and then spent each subsequent spring suffering on rides, runs, and swims around the city's legendary training spots: Mount Lemmon, Madera Canyon, Pistol Hill, Cactus Forest, Saguaro East, U of A, The River Trail. This is your chance to do the same, training with Heather in the places that set the foundation for her Kona successes over the past three seasons (and where she calls home part of the time!). Not only do you get to train with HJ, you get the benefits of our usual amazing camps, such as:

  • Fully sagged/vehicle-supported bike rides, with the masterful support of The Sag Monkey, to Madera Canyon, Mount Lemmon, and Saguaro East National Park.
  • Pool sessions at Ventana Lodge, coached by Chris Bagg, head coach for the US Masters group at Nike World Headquarters.
  • Video-analysis of your swim stroke, with a personalized video you take home with you after camp.
  • Track, fartlek, and tempo runs, supported by your coaches on bikes, in and around Tucson's great running resources: River Trail, Cactus Forest, Powerline.
  • A Wattie Ink. custom aero cycling kit, unique to the Tucson Camp.
  • Massage and support from professional soigneur and mechanic The Sag Monkey
  • Visits, lectures, and workouts from the other Wattie Ink. professional triathletes. Possible attendees are Rachel McBride, Josh Amberger, Joe Gambles, and Sam Appleton.
  • Lectures from the CBCG coaches and outside experts on a variety of subjects: training nutrition, swim technique, mental skills, recovery practices.
  • Housing at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, a luxury facility that will leave you well rested and fully recovered for each workout. 
  • Food cooked by CBCG head coach, Chris Bagg, a former professional cook.

 

One thing you should know: camp is hard!
Either of the options will push you to your limits. You should be able to do the following before coming to camp:

• Swim 800-1000 yards without stopping.
• Ride 60-80 miles at a moderate pace without stopping.
• Run 5-7 miles without stopping.

The work will be volume-focused, with specific sessions that are more intensity focused. Swim sessions will be slightly more technique driven, but will incorporate threshold and speed-work as well, with a healthy does of open water skills and drafting practice in the pool.

Chris and the CBCG coaches will individually tailor workouts to your needs/goals.

Schedule is flexible, and any information below is subject to change!

 

Schedule/Menu

Thursday, March 8

Schedule your flight to arrive during the day, and we will pick you up at Tucson International Airport
7 PM Dinner at Base Camp with Overview and Orientation
8 PM Games and Introductions

Friday, March 9

6:30 AM Breakfast available at Base Camp
8:30-10 AM Swim Session at Ventana Canyon Pool: Videotaping and Threshold Testing
12 PM Lunch available at Base Camp
2 PM depart for afternoon ride: Pistol Hill Tempo Repeats
4 PM runs off bike at Broadway Trailhead
5 PM easy ride back to Ventana Canyon
7 PM Dinner at Base Camp/Mental Skills Lecture I
8 PM meet the Sag Monkey/Ride Briefing for Saturday

Saturday, MArch 10

6:30 AM Breakfast available at Base Camp
7:30 AM leave in vehicles for Pima Community College
8:30 AM Madera Pass Ride (shorter options are available), 30-45' runs off at PCC upon return
Afternoon Massages by the Sag Monkey
7 PM Dinner at Base Camp/Mental Skills Lecture II/Wattie Pros

SUNDAY, MArch 11

6:30 AM Breakfast available at Base Camp
8:30-10:00 AM Threshold Training/Red Mist Session, Ventana Lodge Pool
11 AM Fieldwork Nutrition Smoothie Party at Base Camp
1 PM Long Run on the River Trail
4 PM Optional Recovery Ride: Tanque Verde Loop
Afternoon/Evening massages by The Sag Monkey
7 PM Dinner at Base Camp Heather Jackson's Favorite Pork Belly Mac and Cheese (vegetarian versions available)/Mental Skills Lecture III

MONDAY, MArch 12

6:30 AM Breakfast available at Base Camp
8:30 AM roll out for MOUNT LEMMON, 30-45' transition runs upon return
Afternoon Massages by The Sag Monkey
Final Night at Thunder Canyon Brewery

TUESDAY, MArch 13

6:30 AM Breakfast Available at Base Camp
8:30-10 AM Drafting and Contact Practice, Ventana Lodge Pool
12 pm checkout of Loews Ventana Canyon
1 pm Lunch available at Base Camp and Optional Kinstretch Class run by Chris
Afternoon shuttles to Airport :(


Weather

Weather is changeable in Tucson! It could be hot! It could be very cold. Basically, bring everything, and be prepared for cooler riding conditions: a good cycling jacket, warm riding cap, arm warmers, knee warmers, gloves, booties, and baselayers are a must!

Support

All workouts are fully supported. Rides will always have at least two vehicles, with fluid, food, mechanical support, and directions. Training nutrition will be provided to you in the character of drink mixes, bars, gels, and recovery products.