Sage Advice for Triathlon Training from Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain's Fitness Team
Ongoing "Triathlon Prep Program" Turns Arizona's Premier Resort and Spa Into an Intensive Training Ground – With a Bit of Pampering
Scottsdale, Ariz. (July 29, 2010) – Athletic prowess comes naturally to the fitness team at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain in Scottsdale, Ariz. From gold medal Olympic swimmer Misty Hyman to world-class runner and Olympian Mike Schneider, the country's leading boutique resort and spa is ripe with talent. Guests can harness this expertise during a personalized Triathlon Prep Program – a three-day package that will both challenge and reward the body, with daily workouts complemented by muscle-soothing spa services. Demonstrating the perfect mix of brain and brawn, Sanctuary's experts share their best practices for meeting the demands of the classic swim – bike – run challenge:
Swimming Tips From Gold Medal Olympic Swimmer and Sanctuary Swim Coach, Misty Hyman
"Speed is key, but learning how to 'sight' in open water is even more important, especially when dealing with the mayhem of hundreds of swimmers launching at once. Work on sighting after your breath and focus on stationary objects in the water, like buoys. This will keep you swimming straight, which will skim time off the clock and reserve much-needed energy that can push you to the finish line."
Cycling Training Tips From Sanctuary's Fitness Director Kara Thomas
"Strengthening the core is imperative – the abdominals and lower back allow proper execution of the limbs. Pilates Reformer training will keep the lumbar spine strong, and the peripheral work with resistance straps lengthens and strengthens muscles and increases flexibility for cycling. Bikers should also consider Mat Pilates to work on stretches such as swan, side pull over and leg circles. These put you in an extension position to balance the body from the constant state of forward flexion that you are in when biking."
Running Tips From Sanctuary Trainer Mike Schneider, Olympian at the 1996 Atlanta Games
"Divide your workouts – 40 minutes in the morning and 40 minutes in the afternoon – to allow for recovery time. Focus on long-distances for your first four months of training to improve your endurance. Within three months of the triathlon, do track mile repeats and more sport-specific training to increase speed."
Available Sept. 10, 2010 – May 16, 2011, Sanctuary's three-day Triathlon Prep Program starts at $1,788 and includes:
- Three nights' accommodations in one of Sanctuary's casitas
- Power breakfast daily
- Three days of training with Sanctuary's team of experts. Each day focuses on a different element – swimming, biking and running with warm-up stretching and core training during every workout
- Nutritional evaluation and automated program to ensure the proper balance of macro- and micro-nutrients for peak performance
- Three spa treatments per person to restore muscles and joints impacted by strenuous days of swimming, biking and running training
- Therapeutic/Sports massage (60 minute) for muscle tension relief and athletic performance enhancement
- Thai Table Massage (90 minute) stretches, pulls, pushes and kneads muscles
- Reflexology Massage (60 minute) focuses on the flow of energy through the feet and re-balance
The package price is based on single occupancy and includes room tax, spa treatment gratuity, and food and beverage tax and gratuity. Training gratuity is at the guest's discretion and is not included in the package price. For more information or to catch the latest specials at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain call .
About Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain:
One of the country's most lauded luxury resorts, Sanctuary is a striking boutique property on Camelback Mountain in Paradise Valley, Arizona, just minutes from downtown Scottsdale. Under the direction of Westroc Hospitality, Sanctuary enjoys international acclaim for its contemporary design, and award-winning elements restaurant and Sanctuary Spa. A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Sanctuary was recognized in 2006 as the "top resort" in the United States by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler and was included on the Travel & Leisure "T + L 500" list. Sanctuary has been a Condé Nast Traveler "Gold List" and "Reader's Choice" winner since opening in 2001.