The Triathletes Guide to Camping

Ten tips for the camping triathletes…

  1. Pick a location where ocean meets bush. Tell everyone that it is a place you have been really wanting to see for its beauty, but in actual fact you know it will ensure you can still swim, ride, and run all trip.
  2. Set the dates for your trip, then “conveniently” discover there is a triathlon related race at the exact time you happen to be going there.
  3. Tell your friends, family and even yourself you are having a “holiday” and a “break from training” for the week, and that you’re “looking forward to sitting still and relaxing”.  Then go ocean swimming, hiking, kayaking, mountain bike riding, trail running, play beach cricket and any other sport you can find so in actual fact you are exercising more hours than you usually would.
  4. Plan your food for the week. Now double it. Think how hungry you are during a normal week, and then add on the extra exerted energy of walking to collect water, cold showers, chopping wood. You don’t want a week of Hangry.
  5. Pack a small tub of washing powder from home. Now leave it and take the remaining box. If you thought you do a lot of washing at home with the excessive amount of lycra, wait until you have the filth of camping added on.
  6. Prepare your car for the trip. Then leave it at home and hire a bigger one. Camping equipment takes up a lot of space, add on all your race and training equipment (bikes, helmets, run shoes, race shoes, bike shoes, wetsuits, nutrition) and you will not have enough space.
  7. Gather all your race towels. Finally you have a chance to use these awkwardly small, too thin, paper like towels for drying the dishes, as an entrance mat to your tent, matt to sit on, rug to keep warm. Hang them proudly to ‘air out’ around your tent so fellow neighbor campers can see all the events you have done.
  8. Charge all devices to maximum, particular any Garmin apparatus. Then throw in back ups, watches, batteries, whatever you have. Imagine running out of battery so you can’t show the Strava world the amazing undiscovered run you did, or that extra long ride.
  9. Pack all the books you have been wanting to read. Now leave them on your bedside table. There’s no time for relaxing and reading, the underlying truth is this is a training camp and there is no down time for reading.
  10. Discover new parts of the world by swimming, riding or running there. Triathletes have a holiday secret the rest of the world are missing out on. We get to see new parts of the world others generally don’t see when holidaying by getting there one of three ways. Yes, some holidayers get out there and walk, but we get to go further into the unknown. Triathlon not only keeps us happy and healthy in our daily lives, but shows us the world in our time out, and god we are lucky to see it the way we do and I wouldn’t have it any other way.


Mountain bike riding and trail running at Jervis Bay with John


About Priscilla Barrington

Hi, I am a short course Age Group triathlete in Victoria. I love short course because I have developed a bit of a competitive side and short course enables me to race LOTS! Like most triathletes, I like to talk a lot about triathlon... so have taken to writing down my thoughts opposed to boring my friends with my triathlon trash!

One response to “The Triathletes Guide to Camping

  1. Jane

    This is great Priscilla. Slightly obsessive – but what the heck! Sounds fantastic.

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