Join us in Portugal!

team animis TRIATHLON tune-up
Vilamoura, portugal

Thursday - Sunday
2nd - 5th november 2023

Objectives:

To make improvements in all 3 disciplines of triathlon (swim, bike and run), but just as importantly have a great time, go home refreshed, happy and well!

Location:

Vilamoura, Portugal Why Vilamoura? Aside from it being a beautiful place that ticks all the boxes for a triathlon retreat, it is quicker, easier and cheaper to get to than the mountains in Majorca, and it is just a really beautiful area. The airport transfer is short, so you can make the most out of your time away!

who is this for?

Anyone who has an upcoming triathlon or who is interested in learning what triathlon is all about. Especially people who think that triathlons are scary or too difficult, that think they need to fork out loads of money on equipment – you don’t!

The only prerequisite we have, is that you should be able to swim 50 metres (in any stroke) and ride a bike!

We can work with the ability you have. The results we get for people really are incredible, you just need to trust and believe in us.  If you are already an advanced triathlete, great!

We are extremely capable coaches and are highly experienced in running coaching sessions that are tailored to the ability level of each person.

We will ensure everyone is being supported in the right way. It is not a “one size fits all” approach with us, we observe you, listen to you and then help you improve.  If you have any questions regarding your suitability, please just ask!

We have a network of people in Vilamoura who can take keen cyclists out on longer rides around the area if they let us know.

cost:

£150 travel to be booked separately.

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

the plan:

Of course, coached swimming, cycling and running sessions will be the main focus. We will also spend some time giving you some information about our philosophy and why we coach they way we do. But fear not, this is ALWAYS accompanied with coffee and cake!

The emphasis is on having fun whilst training in the sun, and improving all 3 disciplines… …but, don’t worry! We are not like sergeant majors beasting people! We aim to have all our coaching sessions finished by lunchtime leaving you plenty of free time to explore the area, go on a boat trip, play golf or just laze around on by the pool – its entirely up to you!

the finer details:

The pool we use to train at is the Municipal Pool of Quarteira, this is around a 5-minute walk from Vilamoura Marina.

Bikes can be hired from a local supplier that we have used multiple times before, depending on the standard of bike you require, this will cost from 80 euros.

The track is located right near the pool. We always have our chats in the most fantastic coffee shop (with amazing cakes, of course) Mourapão.

Who else uses the pool at Quarteira? You’ll be swimming alongside the BTF Elite Triathlon squad because they use the pool for their triathlon camps. You may even swim alongside Sophie Caldwell! 

The April holiday always coincides with the ETU World Cup event where many European triathletes swim in the pool prior to the event. You could be in a lane next to Gustav Eden or Cassandre Beaugrand from France because they will be using the pool at the same time.

You will absolutely enjoy how beautiful the pool is, how it’s structured for actual lane swimming, and to get the best out of your swim time.

WHERE TO STAY:

There are so many lovely hotels in Vilamoura, along with lovely self catering apartments. We can highly recommend HD Properties (click here to visit their website).

We would rather leave it up to you to choose where you’d like to stay depending on your own preferences and budget. The Vila Gale Hotel is highly recommended along with the Dom Pedro.

We have a trusted person we use for airport transfers and this is a short journey from Faro Airport of only 15 minutes or so.

WHY DO WE CALL THEM HOLIDAYS?!

We’ve seen it all too often, people attend a triathlon camp and come home in a dreadful state! Exhausted, injured and feeling terrible. 

We wanted to do ours differently – of course, you still get the expert coaching and training element BUT we want you to enjoy the trip and come back energised, refreshed and with an improved technique. 

Life is all about balance, we can have fun as well as train hard. We firmly believe each person is an individual and will train you appropriately – not force you out for a 10km run when you are needing a rest! 

CAN I COME ALONE OR BRING SOMEONE WITH ME?

You are very welcome to come alone, or bring someone with you (including kids)! We will make sure you are introduced to everyone and feel comfortable and welcome. We have had people attend previous events who have brought their partner/relation/friend along, their partner didn’t get involved in the training sessions but there is just so much to do in Vilamoura that you do not need to worry about them being bored! We aim to get our training sessions wrapped up relatively early, leaving plenty of time for relaxing or other activities, of which there are plenty!

why choose us?

We have seen INCREDIBLE results, from taking people from being non-swimmers and terrified of water to competent happy swimmers.

We have coached a lady who only had 1 hour of pool use per week to achieve her goal of a podium place at her triathlon event. This makes us so incredibly happy.

We have had our own personal wins as well, but its not about us and how well we perform, for us it is about how well we can get you to where you want to be – and still have a life!

Above all of this, we are normal people, we have a laugh and we completely understand how daunting it can be to embark on this as a new hobby or interest and will support you all the way.

Please reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns and we will chat through them with you. Email info@animisracing.com or please feel free to pop us a What’s App message – Jacqui 07790 000166.

You can read even more about us here!

what previous participants have to say...

Dawn

Attended Swim Retreat in February 2023

Fiona

Attended Swim Retreat in February 2023

You know the story…

…You’ve got an event on the horizon. The one you’ve been thinking about for a while.

It’s the big one, a chance to really put yourself to the test and see what you can do.

But before you get there, you’ve got a gruelling training schedule to get through.

Early mornings and late nights to make sure you’re prepared.

And even though you LOVE the feeling as you get fitter and stronger it can still feel like a slog.

Jumping in the pool at 6am. Going for a run in the rain. Taking your life in your hands on the bike with crazy drivers all over the place.

There must be a better way!

Well the good news is…

…There is!

With our all new warm weather retreats.

Based in the beautiful coastal resort of Vilamoura, they really are the best way to get ready for your event.

Rather than chilly, drizzly, Britain, you get to prepare in the gorgeous spring sunshine of the Algarve.

With all our coaches being fully qualified and insured, and with a high coach to athlete ratio, you know you’ll be in the best hands possible! Imagine the progress you could make in the sunshine and amazing surroundings!

Please contact us for more details on the retreat: