So here's a little list of my favorite places to swim, bike, run, AND EAT! in Phuket, as well as the advantages of joining a training camp, for those of you considering coming out to train in beautiful Thailand.
Z-Coaching is run by a real life legend of the sport, Jurgen Zack, and is based in Bang Tao, Phuket, Thailand. The squad consists of athletes from a wide variety of backgrounds and skill levels - from athletes training for their first olympic distance race, to Kona-qualifying age groupers and professionals, such as Ironman athlete Dimity Lee-Duke, and Thailand's top male triathlete, Jaray Jearanai.
For myself personally, what makes Z-Coaching effective and different from other camps is the atmosphere that is fostered during (and outside of) training. As a coach, Jurgen has the unique ability to organize and structure workouts such that this big and varied group of athletes can train together smoothly, with each athlete being challenged according to his/her abilities, and at the same time just having a lot of fun.
He has a quick eye, and is able to assess an athlete's fitness and skill level within a few minutes of a warmup, and accurately place the athlete in the appropriate pace group. That being said, he also has a quick wit and is fast to make jokes, bets, and little challenges within a session, just to keep us on our toes. ;)
For details on participation, fees, and online coaching options, click here.