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

Kick off 2019 by training with Heather Jackson, Kona Superstar and Wattie Ink. professional triathlete, in Tucson, Arizona—Triathlon's Southwest Training Grounds.

2019 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/5-Night Camp:
Thursday 1/31/2019 Through Tuesday 2/5/2019

$2345 for double-occupancy room

Registration closes 12/1—we cannot offer refunds after registration closes

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 and some of the other Wattie Ink. professionals, you get the benefits of our usual amazing camps, such as:

  • Fully sagged/vehicle-supported bike rides to Madera Canyon, Mount Lemmon, and Saguaro East National Park.

  • Pool sessions at Ventana Lodge, coached by CBCG Partners Chris Bagg and Molly Balfe

  • 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.

  • Daily Massage and support from professional soigneurs

  • Visits, lectures, and workouts from the other Wattie Ink. professional triathletes. Possible attendees are Rachel McBride, Josh Amberger, Joe Gambles, and Sam Appleton. In 2018 we also got a visit from Bike Fitter to the Stars Mat Steinmetz

  • 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 Aaron Vinten of The Athletes Table


One thing you should know: camp is hard!
You should be able to do the following before coming to camp! If you cannot, think twice about attending!

• Swim 800-1000 yards without stopping.
• Ride 60-80 miles at a moderate pace without stopping, on courses that have a good amount of climbing
• 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!



Everything here is subject to change! What is listed below is what we did in 2018, and things may be different depending on weather, ability level of attendees, or other unforeseen circumstances

Thursday, January 31

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, February 1

Breakfast available at Base Camp
AM Swim Session at Ventana Canyon Pool: Videotaping and Threshold Testing
Lunch available at Base Camp
Afternoon Ride
Afternoon Run off Bikes
Dinner at Base Camp/Evening Lecture I
Saturday Briefing

Saturday, February 2

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
Dinner at Base Camp/Evening Lecture II

SUNDAY, February 3

Breakfast available at Base Camp
AM Threshold Training/Red Mist Session, Ventana Lodge Pool
Fieldwork Nutrition Smoothie Party at Base Camp
Long Run on the River Trail or Sabino Canyon
Optional Recovery Ride: Tanque Verde Loop
Afternoon/Evening massages
Dinner at Base Camp Heather Jackson's Favorite Pork Belly Mac and Cheese (vegetarian versions available)

MONDAY, February 4

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

TUESDAY, February 5

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 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!


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.