Total Immersion/Triathlon Skills Camp, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii- 11/18-23

file0001447173679Location: Kailua-Kona, HI.
Schedule: November 18 – 23, 2013
Tuition: $1595 –  *($1,495 early registration before September 1, 2013) – (please note, meals/lodging are not included)
Registration closes November 1, 2013
Payment type: mail-in or pay pal
Contact: For more information please contact Celeste –

Swim better than you ever dreamed possible, improve your “kinetic intelligence” in all three disciplines, and enjoy a memorable Learning Vacation. TI Coach Celeste St. Pierre will lead two cycling and two running sessions, and bring her expertise to seven swim sessions.

This camp has a very strong focus on the swim, spend more time dialing in on the swim. Prerequisite for this camp, to get the most out of it, is to have attended a Total Immersion Weekend Workshop, have had privates instruction with a certified TI coach or have done your own TI self coach program. You will get the most out of the swim portion of camp if you have taken these steps.
There is a Weekend Workshop prior to this camp on November 9-10, 2013 on Oahu that is highly recommended if you are not familiar with TI, if this fits your schedule.  If not…find a workshop near you here

Camp will be a small intimate group with a max of 15 campers, so don’t delay getting your spot! There will be lots time for learning and practicing.

***The cycling and running portion of camp is geared toward new/beginner triathletes. 

Total Immersion trainer, Terry Laughlin, talks about the Total Immersion Open Water camp in Kailua-Kona, March 2013

At TI/TriSkills Tri Camp well teach you to:

1) Swim the TI Way.
2) Apply TI Thinking and Methodology to cycling and running.

Learn to train and race in all three disciplines in the following ways:

  • Improvement-Oriented – Learn the most efficient mechanics for all three disciplines.
  • Neural-Oriented – Learn to design training in ways that maximize how the brain processes sensory and strategic information–while training your energy systems for personal peak performance.
  • Kinetic Intelligence – Improve your perception and self-awareness—your ability to distinguish between not-quite and just-right–in swimming, cycling and running.
  • Alliance with Gravity – Learn to save energy and power by directing available forces before generating muscular forces.

Make Swimming the Best Part of Triathlon

Improve your swimming and learn to use it strategically:

  • Practice in ways that improve your stroke efficiency and water awareness in every session; while also maximizing recovery for your cycling and running training sessions; and
  • Swim–in open water and crowded conditions–in your best pace with the least effort so you’re ready to ride and run your best.

Swim-Specific Curriculum

Effortless Endurance If you’re new to TI, you’ll have the choice to devote most of your swim time—in both pool and open water—learning the TI foundation skills of Balance, Active Streamlining, and Whole-Body Propulsion. If you’re experienced in Effortless Endurance skills, you can choose between tuning them up or learning TI ‘Expert’ skills in breathing, catch-and-stroke and 2-Beat Kick. In open water, practice using Focal Points to deepen those skills and build resistance to distraction and anxiety.

Easy Speed – Learn to discover the Stroke Length and Tempo that produce the best pace with the least effort. We’ll combine Tempo Trainer and Stroke Count exercises to show you how to invite—rather than chase—speed. These sessions will teach you to replace one-size-fits-all training with purposeful and personalized practice—then hardwire the optimal combination into your brain. In open water, learn to use the Tempo Trainer to practice pacing.

Cocoon of Calm – In open water, we’ll teach you to use a combination of targeted and prescriptive Focal Points and our Swim With Friends exercises to turn all the usual sources of distraction or anxiety—no walls or lines, poor visibility. crowded conditions—and even contact—from distractions to conditions in which you swim your best and enjoy the unique freedom of open water.



8:00 meet King Kamehameha Hotel meet and greet.
9:00-11:30a.m. (1)Swim drills, skills & video review
11:30a.m.-1:00p.m. Break for lunch
1:00 – 3:00p.m. (1) Bike skills session, ready to ride
3:00-5:00 p.m. (1) Run skills session, ready to run

Dinners are on your own or we can gather informally to dine somewhere as a group.


8:00-11:00p.m. (2)Run session/videotaping location to be determined
11:00-12:00 Heart rate and weight loss for athletes discussion.
12:00a.m.-3:00p.m. Break for lunch and prepare for next session
3:00 – 5:00p.m. (2)Swim Session Open Water
5-6:00p.m. video review from the day as needed.


9:00-11:00 (3) Open Water swim
11:00-12:00 Fueling for training and racing discussion
12:00-2:00p.m. Break for lunch
2:00 – 3:30p.m. (2) Bike Session
3:30-5:00 p.m. (4)Drills n skills session
5-6:00p.m. video review from the day as needed.


9-12:00 a.m. Practice Transitions (athlete practice)
Afternoon and evening are free to rest and enjoy the area!!


8:30-10:30 (5)Swim open water, 1 mile
11:00-12:00 Mental/Emotional training discussion 
12:00-1:00 Break for lunch and prepare for next session
1:00 – 3:00p.m. (6) swim drills and skills
3:30-5:00 p.m. Final video review and wrap up the week.


7:30a.m.-9:00 a.m. (7) Final Group swim!! Not to be missed!

Sunday Keauhou Olympic Distance Triathlon!

***Sunday, November 24, 2013 there is the Keauhou Olympic Distance Triathlon.  Celebrate and apply all you have learned at camp, and participate with fellow campers and coaches at this fun challenging event. Visit the website to learn more and register


Each participant is responsible for making travel and lodging arrangements.  We recommend the following hotels: Marriott/King Kamehameha is the closest hotel to the swim.  There are a variety of lodging options.  Find something close to the Kailua-Kona village.

Bike Rental: 

Some campers will be traveling with their bikes, but if you choose to rent a bike in Kona we’re recommending Kona Bike Works bike shop. This is a local option for renting road / tri bikes.  The shop is in walking distance to the King Kam hotel. Renting a bike can be more convenient. If you do want to rent do rent as soon as possible, go on-line or call.

Phone: 808-326-2453.  Website

 Cancellations and Transfers:

Camp tuition includes a $500 non-refundable deposit. No refund will be issued for cancellations made less than 4 weeks prior to the start of the scheduled workshop.  Tuition can be transferred to another Open Water Camp for a $100 transfer fee.  Transfer requests must be made no later than 4 weeks prior to the event.

Suggested Packing List: 

In addition to a normal assortment of personal clothing items, the following items should be brought along: 

Heart rate monitor w watch. These are key items to bring!
-2 water bottles
-plenty of sunscreen SPF 30+
-SPF lip protection
-bike, bike shoes, pedals, helmet, cycling clothes, or Tri clothes
-shoes/sandals that can get wet
-synthetic fleece to wear post-swim
-running shoes and other workout gear as desired (shorts, tops, visor)
– At least 2 pair of goggles or swim masks (tinted and mirrored lenses preferred).
-any medications you may need, prescription or over the counter
-Dramamine if you are prone to sea-sickness
-BodyGlide or other anti-chafe cream

QUESTIONS: Call Coach Celeste 603-616-7125

Cancellations and Transfers: Workshop tuition includes a $500 non-refundable deposit. No refund will be issued for cancellations made less than 4 weeks prior to the start of the scheduled workshop. Tuition can be transferred to another Open Water Camp for a $100 transfer fee. Transfer requests must be made no later than 4 weeks prior to the even


Send your check for $1595 and registration form (see below) to:

Celeste St. Pierre
P.O. Box 292
Lincoln, NH 03251

Print out and include the following registration form with your check:
2013 Event Registration Form

** Checks must be received at least 3 weeks prior to the event.

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