Austin Tri-Cyclist Blog

Monday, January 9, 2012

Take Your Triathlon Training up a Notch:
Camp Multisport

Beautiful scenery, mild temps, rolling hills, and the crystal clear Frio River... The Texas Hill Country is the perfect place to hone your swim-bike-run skills before the peak of tri season. This winter and spring, Big Pistachio will host three multisport camps in Concan at the Seven Bluff Cabins.

Coaches Siri Lindley, Brandon Marsh, Susan Farago, Claudia Spooner, Rosemary Hohl-Chriswisser, and David Garza will lead daily workouts and conduct hands-on clinics, lectures, and active workshops. During your three days of training, you choose which workouts and seminars to attend, with options ranging from Brandon Marsh's "Confidence in the Water" and Susan Farago's "Altitude Training – How to Race at Altitude and Live at Sea Level" to David Garza's "The Fourth Discipline – The Art of Transition."

Erin Truslow, founder and owner of Big Pistachio, was inspired to host the camps after a visit to the venue. Situated on 48 acres, Seven Bluff Cabins includes over 1,000 feet of Frio River frontage lined with towering cypress trees and live oaks. "It's just so amazingly beautiful, so peaceful and calm," Truslow says. "Every time I'm there, I can't help but think about how I'd like to stay there for a week and swim, bike, and run."

The Frio River, slow-moving and spring-fed, is roughly five-feet deep in most places, which makes it ideal for swim practice. But since "Frio" is the Spanish word for "cold" (by all accounts, a fitting name), participants are encouraged to bring a long-sleeved wetsuit. Rentals will also be available. Truslow says that the camps take a unique approach – instead of a structure promoting a single coach working with a specific team or group, Camp Multisport offers up to five coaches per camp and caters to both individuals and teams. Benefiting from the coaches' different methodologies and expertise, athletes have the rare opportunity to "try out" several coaching philosophies at one time.

Camp Multisport featuring Brandon Marsh (February 24-26) is open to beginner, intermediate, and advanced-level athletes. Based in Austin, Brandon Marsh is a professional triathlete and coach; this camp is a good fit for those looking to set a new PR.

Camp Multisport NO BOYS ALLOWED! (March 2-4) is a women's only camp coached by women, and is particularly well-suited for first- or second-year athletes.

Camp Multisport featuring Siri Lindley (April 5-8) is open to all intermediate, advanced, and professional athletes, as well as coaches. Lindley, a two-time World champion, coaches age-group and professional athletes, including Mirinda Carfrae, Leanda Cave, and Luke McKenzie.

To learn more about Camp Multisport, visit the website or contact Erin Truslow (512-517-8118,

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