F12 Tri Retreat: Club La Manga

Murcia's quiet roads are perfect for group training rides

Cala Beach at La Manga

Club La Manga is three times bigger than Monaco

With the triathlon season well under way, I was delighted to be invited to sharpen my fitness and fine-tune my multisport techniques at F12’s triathlon training camp at La Manga Club, located in Murcia, in the southeast of Spain. 

F12 is the brainchild of personal trainer Steve Halsall, who wanted to develop a holistic camp that would focus on a triathlete’s technical skills, nutrition and attitude. The four-day camps (usually Thursday to Sunday) cater for all abilities and they are perfect if you want a short, sharp break to get race ready.

The expertise

I was among a select group of four journalists who were invited to a taster three-day camp at the health-and-fitness resort. We were split into groups and coached by experienced age-group duathlete and triathlete Ralph Hydes; F12 founder and triathlete Steve Halsall; and Felicity Cole, a duathlete and triathlete who’s aiming to represent her age group at the World Championships later this year.

Even in our small group there was a wide range of triathlon abilities, from an Ironman contender to myself, a relative novice. However, the coaching seemed to hit the spot for all of us – it tested our limits, taught us new techniques and provided reassurance and support when it was needed.

On the next page: Dominique tackles the training sessions.