About the heat camp
The Sāmoa Heat Adaptation Training Camp is the perfect opportunity for any athlete planning to race at an event in a hot climate, in particular the IRONMAN World Champs in Nice or Kona. Heat Adaptation has a number of proven benefits, in particular an increased sweat rate, improved tolerance to heat and a reduction in perceived exertion, these factors and more are discussed in this article.
Sāmoa is an excellent location for a Heat Preparation Training Camp. It's an easy flight from New Zealand and Australia, so there's minimal stress from the travel. The typical August weather in Sāmoa is between 28-31 degrees, and the humidity often gets very high, which is very different from any New Zealand city, or Southern city in Australia, at that time of the year. You will find the Sāmoan people very friendly and welcoming. Swimming will be in Open Water warm enough to not require a wetsuit, safely within a large lagoon, and in crystal clear water. Run and Cycle along pleasant coastal roads and rainforest with amazing views at every turn.
The timing of such heat training is important as too far out the effects are diminished, and too soon, you risk not recovering from the increased physiological strain. The Sāmoa Heat Camp, being in September, is well placed for those racing in a October/November window, and we recommend using occasional short Sauna sessions to prepare for the camp, and to use after to continue the heat adaptation as you approach race day. You will also be lucky enough to take part in the first Savai'i Half Triathlon late in the camp on the beautiful island of Savai'i.
The camp will be hosted by Coach Rob Dallimore (Triathlon NZ and Training Peaks Accredited, IRONMAN Certified). Rob has had many years of experience training for and racing in hot climates. He has raced IRONMAN Hawaii a number of times, and has incorporated Heat Preparation each time he has raced there.
Recommended equipment for the camp