High Altitude Running Camp Ethiopia | Triathlon Camp

High Altitude Running Camp Ethiopia

Sululta (near Addis Abeba)

NameHigh Altitude Running Camp Ethiopia
CoachHarald Fritz
LocationSululta (near Addis Abeba)
PriceUSD 1800
DateMarch 4, 2019
Not only the high altitude but also the climate in our training facility in Ethiopia is just perfect for endurance training!  Some highlights needed?

- fast transfer (50min) from airport Addis Abeba
- no malaria or other vaccination requiered ,(*
- temperature always beteween 15° and max. 25°,
- Elevation: ca. 2.800m,
- many different running courses for every level
- local running guides for every level up to 2:30h marathon time, free of charge
- no pollen polution, ideal for allergics
... what do you want more?

Languages will be german and english! Price is for 14 days (double room, half board). Fell free to inquire special rates for Single Room or longer/shorter stays.

In march 2019 we will be in Ethiopia again for our high altitude endurance camps. We will provide our individual assistance for every performance level of triathletes and runners. Especially if you are preparing yourself for one of the mayor spring marathons this is the ideal time frame!

You need more information?

Call the head coach: +43 664 302 65 90 or just write a mail: trainer@ausdauercoach.at

From 4.3.2019 - 22.3.2019 you will get full personal assistance from Harald Fritz.  Your arrival/departure and length of stay can be flexibally booked.

Target Group:
Athletes how want to reach their next level of running performance in 2019. We will provide personal coaching on a daily basis as well as the possibility of individual training. Please be aware, that for personal coaching we only have limited spaces!

Our individual assistance starts before the camp in discussing with you your personal goals, your actual level of fitness and training volume to tailor your training. Especially at high altitude everybody is reacting differently and there is a high chance that people want to train too much too fast and by doing that will do more harm than gaining benefits. That is why we will adjust your training on a daily basis! Here are some of our programs for runners and triathletes

- 2x daily runs on different routes and distances with local Guides or by yourself
- intervalls on track
- hill training
- fartleks
- running technique analysis with video
- swim training
- bike sessions on the turbo
- functional training
- regeneration (SMR, Sauna,...)
Please be aware, that the ful benefit of high altitude training will need at least 2 (better 3 weeks) of staying and training in high altitude. If you stay for a shorter period it will not harm you but the effects will be less. We recommend at least 10 days.

(*) in the Addis Abeba area (where our camp is located) there is no malaria because of the high altitude and there are no vaccination needed. Still we strongly recommend to see your local doctor if he is recommending anything for your personal health.
In Ethiopia there are still cases of rabies reported. Therefore we strongly recommend a vaccination. 
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Dubai Camp January 2019

I was a bit hesitant about attending this camp as I was just returning from a 3 week holiday having not exercised while away, but decided to take a chance on it while hoping for the best.  Needless to say, I was very pleasantly surprised.  
Exercise Structure: Exercises were mostly in the morning and afternoon/ early evening.  I found that structure to be perfect from a learning/adaptation point of view.  I did not feel rushed to get from one place to the next and had plenty of time to process the lessons learned during the sessions. Similarly, I was able to attend to work/personal matters during the break which reduced the stress of having things slip through the cracks during the camp and time away from family. 
Instructions:  Coach Harald’s instructions were clear and to the point.  He made his points across easily even when the tropic was more complicated (nutrition).  He was patient and listened well to my concerns and questions.  
Perhaps his best skill is identifying the main area the athlete needs help with and focusing on correcting/adjusting that specific area.  I saw the benefit of this approach as I have taken many swim lessons with other coaches and being told that I need to work on multiple areas was very confusing and counterproductive.  I’ll never forget the puck puck puck grenade launchers.  
Another area Coach H excelled in was his repetition of important points- to me this was a great reinforcement of what us athletes needed to focus on.  
Training feedback: In all three disciplines, the feedback was exceptional.  The “don’t beat around the bush” approach was what I appreciated the most.  Being taped in the swim and the run on multiple occasions helped me understand what areas needed work and also allowed me to see my progress throughout the camp duration.   Invaluable training tool.
Venues:  The choice of venues for the swim/bike/run was ideal.  The places were clean, easy to find, and exposed us to various training terrain and environments.  For cycling, we did climbs on Jebel Jais, flats on AQ and DXBike; for swimming we did both open water and pool swims; and for running we did track, AQ, and corniche runs.  I truly enjoyed the variety of the venues and appreciated the thought taken into creating such a training program.  
Logistics: All meeting venues (for training and fuelling/social) were communicated to the athletes in plenty of time.  The close proximity of training and fuelling locations was well received as it both: fit within the 30 min window for replenishing our glycogen levels and made it easier for us to focus on post-training discussions.  As each of our training sessions were completely supported, having the pre and post nutrition hydration present at all sessions was truly welcomed.  
Group dynamics: Having being exposed to numerous training experiences, I am somewhat weary of the dynamics of these group.  Combining a number of people (let alone people who do not know each other well) in a stressful training situation can have disastrous outcomes.  This was not the case.  Our group, kudos to our coach, gelled and worked well together.   
Special touches: While all social meetups were great, having the Herzigs open their home to us on two occasions was a special treat.  We were able to let our hair down and learn in a relaxed environment. 
Thank you again. 

Nada Prouty
7 months ago
Dubai Camp January 2019

I totally agree with Nada's comments, specially the one on mental training. One learning I took from the camp, which hopefully will help me to get over the issue on a race day: train hard, and make it hard, really hard. 
Couple of quality sessions we had (JJ, NAS, track session), helped me significantly to build my confidence that I can sustain the effort. Eventually failing in the workout hurts much less, then failing on a race day. So - increase the load gradually, until you can't sustain it. And then increase it more.... "When I push, I feel good" :D
Two more great learnings from my perspective:
Nutrition. By nutrition, I mean food in general, not only the "around the workout stuff". Basically, I learned it doesn't make sense to be too obsessed with weight. Apparently, more is better than less in this case. 
This also has huge impact on second learning:
Stress caused by workouts to the immune system. Something I never thought of. Great point Harald on this one.
In general, I enjoyed the Harald's (and Trisutto's) approach of keeping things simple. It resonates well with my experience, and seems to yield some positive results. The JLL race was the 1st validation point. 2nd one is coming in 16 days.
Thanks all the campers for fabulous experience. The sessions hurt, but our laughs made the pain somehow lesser :).

Bartosz Matczak
7 months ago

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