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Altitude Training Camp (aka family summer holiday)
Sun Aug 31, 2014 9:53 am iainm
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Just got back last week from our family summer holiday - this year spent in Bourg St Maurice in the French Alps. Temperatures were well below the August average of 27C and it rained a few times - but it was still a great base for a family holiday - and as an altitude training camp for triathlon.


Bourg itself is ~800m above sea level. Just a few minutes from the campsite is a magnificent outdoor 50m pool (with indoor 25m pool if the weather is really bad). It can get pretty busy, but mostly it's kids and families mucking around (as we did...) on the diving boards. The lap lane is roped off and I never saw it with any more than five people using it (100m of water) at any one time.


The campsite is next to a wood with lots of (shorter) trails. Tucked in less than 100m from the site is a rugby field...with a 400m track around it. The surface is hard-packed sandy-grit - you won't set a PB on it - but you can do a solid interval session. For longer runs, there's a bike path that goes by the river from Bourg St Maurice down to Aime. Total distance is about 15km each way, with a very slight descent there, slight ascent back.


I've left the best until last, as if you base yourself in Bourg you are at the bottom of four (five if you include Les Arcs) great climbs. The region take their climbs seriously and all of them have kilometre markers that show your current altitude, how far you still have to go and your gradient for the next km:

It's that gradient figure that gets to you. If it's 4% or less, you don't really notice, 5-6% is okay, even 7% but when you see 8% or more, particularly if you're hot and tired already, then that can be super-depressing. As Kipling almost said 'treat those two imposters just the same and keep spinning'.

Bourg-Tignes (Strava link)
This was my first ride, possibly why it felt the hardest, although it was also the biggest climb at 1370m. Strava says it's an average 4% over 28.7km, and the profile makes it look like a steady climb, but the way I remember it is that there are two sections of steeper switchbacks - one after about 10km and then the final 4km to resort, which averages 7%.

Val d'Isere-Col de l'Iseran (Strava)
Okay, technically cheating as the real climb is probably from Bourg, but 924m vertical at 6% was enough for me! This was a hot day, cycled in the afternoon, but absolutely loved this climb. Col de l'Iseran is the highest paved road in France and a classic climb. Even better was the descent - what a buzz!

Bourg-La Rosiere (Strava)
I'd done 25km before I started from Bourg (forgot my helmet was in the car and had to track Pip and the kids down!). This meant I didn't have time to push on to the Col de Petit St Bernard, but the meat of the climb is La Rosiere. I cycled this the day after Col de l'Iseran and it was another hot day, but it felt fine. It's a 1036m climb at 5% from Bourg, but without any really steep sections.

Bourg-Cormet de Roselend (Strava)
This was - without doubt - the toughest climb of the week, despite being the shortest. 1140m over 26km doesn't tell the story at all. After a short warm up, the first 8km were steep - and even though it was in the trees it was hot hot hot. I'd never driven this road so I had no idea what to expect. What a joy when the 11km to go marker showed only 1% for the next km! Smile It then opened out into a beautiful valley, with stunning scenery. What a great climb.

Triathlon du Mont Blanc - 1:17:03 - 34/310, 8/82 AG
I finished off the trip with my second outing at this race. Last year I was carrying an ankle injury, and just jogged through the run, so it wasn't a surprise to be quicker this year. Although I was a minute down on the swim, I was 2mins quicker on the bike and ran the 5k in 19:46, so given all the climbing in the lead up and no taper, I was very happy.

Next up - Bala Standard Distance Tri (7 Sep)
This is a qualifier for the Europeans next year. Normally I go for sprint distance, but this was the only qualifier that fitted my calendar. Yet again, there are more people trying to qualify in the 45-49 age category than any other Rolling Eyes . The swim remains my weakness, but if I can translate climbing power into speed on the flat and put in a 40min 10k I stand a reasonable chance.

The next two weekends after, I have the Brighton Marina and Brighton Virgin Active tris - both smaller, local races and I'll be hoping for an AG prize at the former and a podium at the latter.

I'd also like to give a quick heads up to Profeet, who give me a great deal on shoes and orthotics. I'll be racing with their logo on my trisuit at all three races.

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Sun Aug 31, 2014 11:16 am KP nut
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Wow what an amazing place for a summer holiday!!
"It always seems impossible, until it's done" (Nelson Mandela)

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Sun Aug 31, 2014 9:36 pm The Iain
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Glad to hear you got some decent weather Iain, it seems to have been a bad summer out there.

Tue Sep 23, 2014 7:45 am Carlito
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great trip Smile
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