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Review from Martin Pritchard-Howarth (former A2A contender, now Enduroman #33)
"I’ve had the pleasure of joining the Enduroman Lanzarote Swim camp in 2017 (one week) and 2018 (2 weeks). I’d thoroughly recommend it as essential for anybody that’s considering the Arch to Arc or ... more
At Lanzarote, Enduroman aim to provide an environment where athletes can explore their physical limits while learning from and supporting each other. Experience from previous years has shown that individuals very quickly become a team and encourage each other to achieve way more than they would have thought possible.
As well as the training benefit of hours in the sea, athletes come away with a bank of knowledge gained from informal talks and conversations at the beach and around the dinner table.
Enduroman do their best to ensure that athletes attempting Arch 2 Arc leave the camp knowing exactly how to prepare for a successful Channel swim after the 87 mile run down to Dover.
Enduroman #1, Edgar Ette, will be leading the camp, with beach support from Enduroman #27, Rachel Hill.
There is no formal training programme as decisions are made on a daily basis. After discussion with Enduroman #1, each individual athlete decides their own training programme for the day from the options on offer. This flexible approach works, enabling each athlete to train to their limit and also to recover.
Athletes come to the camp training for a variety of goals but all want to build up their open water swimming. It's an ideal place to increase confidence in the sea while also enjoying some running and cycling. Those athletes training for a Channel swim or similar will have the opportunity to build to sea swims of up to 10 hours in duration. In previous years Arch 2 Arc athletes have also completed 6 hour run/walks during the night, followed by a 2-3 hour sea swim after breakfast.
The sea temperature is normally around 15.5°C - 18°C. Wet suits are optional.
Enduroman will happily sign off 6 hour qualifying swims for the English Channel if the water temperature allows.
Thursday 17 - Wednesday 31 Jan 2019, or any days during.
Enduroman are arriving/departing on these dates, the first full day of camp is Friday 18 Jan.
Athletes arrange their own flights, transfers and accommodation. The fee for Enduroman's services (payable at the end of the camp) is a maximum of £25 per day.
- Book your accommodation and flights. Enduroman will be based at the H10 Timanfaya Palace Hotel. If you would like to stay somewhere else then our advice is to read the Accommodation section on this page and be sure to find somewhere within easy walking distance of the swim area. **Please note Timanfaya Palace Hotel is now showing as full on its own website for the camp dates but availabilty can still be found through agents such as tui.co.uk and firstchoice.co.uk.**
- Complete the Lanzarote Camp Booking Form, which asks for details of your dates and accommodation. On receipt of the form Enduroman will contact you to confirm your place on the camp.
The Playa Blanca resort in the south of Lanzarote.
All flights to Lanzarote fly into Arrecife airport.
The swim training is centred around Playa Flamingo and Playa Blanca beaches and we advise you to find accommodation within easy walking distance.
In 2019 Enduroman will be staying at the H10 Timanfaya Palace Hotel, right by Playa Flamingo. It is very close to the swim training area and serves buffet style food.
**Please note Timanfaya Palace Hotel is now showing as full on its own website for the camp dates but availabilty can still be found through agents such as tui.co.uk and firstchoice.co.uk.**
There are plenty of other options. The Enduroman Facebook group is a good resource through which to organise shared rooms or accommodation with other athletes and so reduce costs.
Accommodation nearby which may be worth considering - make sure you are happy with the distance from the swim area:
Iberostar Lanzarote Park Hotel
H10 Rubicon Palace Hotel
Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel
H10 Lanzarote Princess Hotel
SENTIDO H10 White Suites
Marconfort Atlantic Gardens Bungalows
Rubimar Suite ApartHotel
Sun Royal Apartment / Bungalows
GETTING TO/FROM THE AIRPORT
Taxis from the airport take approx 40 minutes and cost around 45 euros.
There is an hourly bus service between the airport and Playa Blanca (linea 61) that costs around 3 euros.
Private/shared transfers can also be arranged.
There are plenty of bike hire shops in the area. It is recommended to call ahead to find out which bikes are available and whether you need to bring your own pedals.
Sport nutrition is not easily or cheaply available on the island so please bring your own. It is important to find foods that work for you during long swims - if you need ideas see the 2018 Lanzarote Swim Camp Notes on the Resources page.
PLEASE ALSO BRING
Vaseline or bodyglide to prevent chaffing in salt water (expensive to buy on Lanzarote).
A named bag or cool bag to leave on the beach during swims for your feeds.
Woolly hat and warm clothes for after swims.
A head torch if you intend to do the night run.
If you have any questions, please contact us.