Triathlon Camps

A group shot of the athletes at Carter Lake, Colorado - Discomfort Zone Triathlon Coaching's The Boulder Experience Triathlon Training Camp, July 2014.Maybe you need a week of dedicated triathlon training for a big goal race. Maybe you enjoy training with great group of like-minded triathletes. Or perhaps a week of challenging yourself in an inspiring place just sounds like a great getaway.

A Discomfort Zone destination triathlon camp is first and always a big week of fitness training. We seek out the most challenging and scenic natural venues, and design a week of training for people who would want to train there.

If you’re going to leave your comfort zone behind, the place to do it should be as inspiring as what you’re out to achieve. When you come to a Discomfort Zone triathlon camp, you’re joining an incredible group of people for an experience you’ll remember.

Join us at one of our upcoming triathlon camps!

Upcoming Triathlon Camps

DZ Asheville Spring Triathlon Camp, Asheville, North CarolinaDZ Asheville Spring Triathlon Camp
Asheville, North Carolina, USA

Get an early start training on the famous Blue Ridge Parkway!

March 31 – April 5, 2019: Early arrival & AOTC race weekend options
Early Bird Pricing: $795US until November 30, 2018

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DZ Asheville Spring Training, our longest-running triathlon camp, runs the first week of April and offers some of the best training to be had anywhere.

The perennial favourite Trail’s End, Bent Creek Experimental Forest venue offers simply the best mountain training available, with epic climbs and stunning scenery for both bike and run.

Asheville camp is timed to provide athletes with a jump on spring training. Athletes have the option of arriving early to train or relax, as well as the option of staying on after camp to participate in the local favourite Assault on the Carolinas cycle race.

All About Triathlon Camps

Associate Coach Mike Mahoney cuts a few loops on the bike at DZ Spring Clinic 2016


    The Coach
        Coach Mike’s Camp Philosophy
    The Training
        For Beginners
        For Experienced Triathletes
        Getting an Early Start
    Equipment & Nutrition
        Sports Nutrition Supported
        Support and Gear (SAG)

The Coach

Head Coach Mike CoughlinDon’t let the easygoing coaching style fool you: Head Coach Mike Coughlin is out to make every Discomfort Zone destination camp just a bit tougher than you think you can handle.

Get out training on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville, the Fearsome Foursome in Boulder, or the heartbreaking Chemin Duplessis in Mont-Tremblant and you’ll see the competitiveness that took Coach Mike to Kona and Ultraman.

A winner of the Ultraman World Championship, the Hoodoo 500, and the Furnace Creek 508 in the 2x team division, Coach Mike has competed at the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, too many triathlons to keep count, more trail runs and ultras than he likes to remember, and some of the toughest marathons on the planet.

Mike’s believes in helping athletes to discover their own potential by challenging their training comfort zones. A destination triathlon camp is just the place to leave limits behind.

Head Triathlon Coach Mike Coughlin leads a trail run at Discomfort Zone Spring Triathlon Camp 2014Coach Mike is a NCCP Certified Competition Coach and has been running destination triathlon camps for over a decade.

Coach Mike believes that triathlon is for everyone, and therefore Discomfort Zone Triathlon Camps are for everyone. Having experienced every level of training and racing, Coach Mike has found triathlon key to lifelong fitness, health, and balance.

His coaching style is relaxed and helpful, and his goal is to bring destination triathlon camps within reach of every triathlete.

Coach Mike’s Triathlon Camp Philosophy

DZ athlete Heather runs the Switzerland Trail at over 8000 feet, after cycling the famous Sugarloaf Mountain Climb - The Boulder Experience, July 2014Not everyone will offer triathlon camps in the mountains. And not everyone will run triathlon camps that include triathletes of all experience levels, from beginner to advanced. Head Coach Mike Coughlin’s vision for Discomfort Zone is different.

We know that mountain training in a camp environment is the best training you can do, and it’s not just for pros. Our camps are no-compromises serious training, but we’ve designed them to be fun, social, and accessible, too. We not only want our athletes to get great training in awe-inspiring places, we want them to share the experience of the season with fellow triathletes, and leave with lifetime friends.

Triathlete Michelle takes a corner on the scenic Blue Ridge parkway near Asheville, North Carolina - DZ Asheville Spring Triathlon Camp, 2013Coach Mike has been running mountain triathlon camps for beginner and pro alike since 2006. In that time athletes of all levels have trained together in the mountains, stayed together at the camp venue, prepared meals together, and helped each other become better triathletes. Every year, athletes come and learn from each other as well as from the coaches. Every year, we learn as much from our athletes as they do from us. And every year, everyone goes home with new friends.

A Discomfort Zone camp has to offer more than great training and great coaching. Training and coaching are indispensable, but why not also offer a stunning scenic venue? Why not offer a fun experience, too? Why not race together, or volunteer at a race? Why not have both beginners and experts get mountain training? Yes, it’s harder to coach mountain training for everyone, but Coach Mike has done it consistently, and our athletes tell us the experience is worth it.

Triathletes Angela, Scott, and Michelle run the Bent Creek trail system - DZ Asheville Spring Triathlon Camp, 2014So if you want to attend a camp that offers not only all the triathlon training and coaching you can handle, but is also a fun, social, group experience in a stunning venue, join us in either Boulder, Colorado or Asheville, North Carolina in 2015. We’d love to see you.

The Training

Great for Beginners

Athlete cycling at Discomfort Zone Summer Clinic 2013Clinics are a great way for beginner triathletes to safely and effectively build fitness while learning good race skills. Out two-coach system ensures that everyone receive personal coaching attention.

Like everything else, triathlon has a learning curve. Discomfort Zone coaches are experienced working with beginners and happy to provide basic instruction. After a few clinics, our beginners are confident and really know their way around a race!

All Discomfort Zone Clinic workouts are specifically designed so that beginners can participate fully, with no one held back and no one left behind.

Challenge for Experienced Triathletes

Core strength at Winter Triathlon Clinic 2015Experienced triathletes like our clinics too. Training with a strong group of competitive athletes is a great way to improve.

For those with serious race goals or those considering full personal coaching, clinics are a way to get to know our Discomfort Zone coaches, get some regular coaching advice, and try out our training methods.

Serious triathlon training requires not only challenging workouts to build optimal fitness, speed, and endurance: the serious athlete must also train in an efficient, intelligent, and above all a sustainable way. To that end, a wide variety of technique improvement drills, flexibility development exercises, and targeted strength workouts serve to improve overall race execution.

Discomfort Zone clinic workouts are carefully designed to fit into a training year, to build on previous training, and to develop depth of experience in strong athletes.

Support and Gear (SAG)

In cycling and triathlon, climbing makes you stronger.  And that's just what triathletes do at Discomfort Zone's Asheville, North Carolina triathlon camps.As with all Discomfort Zone camps in challenging mountain terrain, long distance training is fully vehicle supported. Athletes can have plenty of extra gear in the support vehicle, which is encouraged as the temperature can change with altitude, or in case of bad weather. There’s also plenty of water and INFINIT sports nutrition, so athletes can simply mix what they need to refill during long training rides.

Two DZ coaches are on hand, providing personal attention with a low coach to athlete ratio. In addition to safety, the combination of vehicle support and two coaching staff allows great flexibility: long distance training starts can be staged at different points on the route.

Sports Nutrition Supported

Discomfort Zone athletes have access to professional-level nutrition from Infinit CanadaThanks to our longtime partnership with Infinit Nutrition Canada, Discomfort Zone triathlon camps include Infinit fueling and recovery products for athletes’ use during the camp.

For long rides, athletes can try Infinit RIDE, a professional-level sports drink formulated specifically for long-distance cycling.

For recovery, Infinit REPAIR supplies needed nutrition after long and challenging camp training.

How to Register

Group shot at the summit of Walnut Cove - Blue Ridge Parkway, DZ Asheville Spring Triathlon Camp 2016It’s easy to register! Simply click the appropriate link below to register online.

We use the same online registration system as Triathlon Ontario and the Ontario Cycling Association. If you need a Triathlon Ontario membership, you can easily join or renew at the same time.

Consider joining DZ Multisport Triathlon Club: $99CDN includes Tri Ontario ($62CDN value), discounts on all DZ events (including $50US off this camp) and team gear, newsletter, and a swag bag.

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More Information & Questions

A coached pool swim at Winter Triathlon Clinic 2015For more information or questions about clinics, Contact us and we’ll be happy to answer any questions.

You can also find lots of answers in our Camps FAQ.

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