Specialists in training camps
for Triathletes and Cyclists
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CAMP DIRECTOR

Charlie Woodcock

Charlie Woodcock has been directing Triathlon Camps in Solvang since 2004. The first camp started with a gathering of like minded athletes who wanted to explore the Solvang area. These camps have now grown into fully supported training weeks allowing many athletes of all levels the chance to 'train like a pro' with the support of top coaches and staff and the camaraderie of fellow athletes.

A British native, her passion for competing and sporting events grew at a young age, when she won her first running race at the age of ten. As a teenager she competed in athletics and equestrian events which led to her first taste of multi-sport competition, Modern Pentathlon. She went onto compete for the Junior British Modern Pentathlon Team whilst obtaining a Sports Degree and Post Graduate Teaching Certificate from Bedford College in the UK. Shortly after she moved to racing triathlons and raced as part of the British Team at the World Students Championships and also the British Amateur Triathlon Team on several occasions.

Charlie, a USAT certified coach, is drawing on all her experiences to provide memorable training weeks for triathletes from all over the world. She feels that the camp arena offers a unique opportunity to allow athletes to focus on their sport and make time to have fun with their chosen hobby and goals. With a camp recipe of great camaraderie, top coaching support, and beautiful scenery, she thoroughly enjoys seeing athletes of all ages accomplish things that they never thought possible with their sport, something that can transcend through to every day life. As Camp Director she feels indebted to all who have attended these camps for allowing her and all the staff to be part of their sporting journey.



COACHES

Please check the specific camp webpages for the full coaching roster for each camp.

Peter Reid

Peter Reid's race resume puts him in a very unique group as arguably one of the top performers at the Hawaii Ironman World Championships ever. Peter won 10 Ironmans around the world, finished 4th place or higher nine times in Kona, winning the Hawaii Ironman 3 times in 1998, 2000 and 2003. Over the last few years, Peter was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame, Triathlon Canada Sports Hall of Fame, British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame, and in October 2016, the Ironman Hall of Fame.

Peter retired from triathlon in 2006, and set his sights on a whole new career as a pilot. He worked from the bottom up, tapping into that amazing work ethic of his that was unrivaled in the pro triathlon ranks of his day. It paid off and he now is a pilot flying float planes in Vancouver, BC. When not flying planes, Peter is back having fun with the sport, racing mountain bikes, introducing his 5 yr old son to sports, and winning Gran Fondos (Peter won the Axel Merckx Gran Fondo in Penticton July 2016). And, for the benefit of the Solvang camp community, he is excited to coach and share his knowledge and stories with us in Solvang once again. Follow Peter on Instagram at Peter Reid Instagram

Matt Smith

Matt Smith has been actively involved in competitive endurance and multisport racing and training for over 15 years. Matt grew up as a distance swimmer competing at the state level in the 500 and 1500 free as well as riding mountain bikes and running for his high school cross country team (ranked 13th out of 14 participants).

His multisport career really started after a sedentary college experience. Upon graduating at 235lbs and deciding that he needed something to motivate him to get in better shape and live a healthier lifestyle, Matt signed up for his first triathlon. Since winning his first X-Terra sprint race, he went on to qualify for X-Terra National Championships, then went after a lifelong dream of competing an Ironman and switched to the road.

As an athlete, Matt has enjoyed an over 13 year triathlon career, racing more running and triathlon races than he could count on his fingers and toes. He is a 4 time Ironman World Championships qualifier and has raced the 70.3 World Championships 4 times with a top 10 age group finish. The 70.3 distance is Matt's favorite distance and he has multiple podium finishes including being ranked 2nd in the world in the WTC rankings in 2014 at the distance. He has also won the Yolo and Steamboat triathlons setting course records in the process. Matt is a 8 time USA Triathlon All American.

Throughout his career, Matt has been committed to developing people and coaching and holds a master's degree in leadership and personal development. He has managed university and executive leadership development programs and was one of the founders of the Center for Work Ethic Development. Currently, Matt is a coach with the Sansego group founded by 3x Ironman World Champion, Craig Alexander.

Matt has been a triathlon coach for five years and is USAT and Training Peaks Level 2 certified. Matt is a firm believer that as a coach the athletes do the work and his job is to help them maximize their potential and his athletes do so regularly. He has coached multiple age group champions including a HyVee overall amateur title and 70.3 World Championships overall title. He also works with professional athletes Katy Blakemore (2nd place Lake Placid 2013) and Lauren Barnett (top 10 70.3 World Championships). Matt coached at our March Miles Camp 2015 and our Spring Fling Camp 2016 and 2017 and will be coaching again at the Solvang Endurance Camp in 2018.

Mike Ricci

Mike, USAT Coach of the Year, is the owner and founder of the D3 Multisport coaching group, through which he coaches all levels of athletes from beginner to elite. Mike is also the former head coach of the 2013 National Champion CU Triathlon Team, and guided them to 4 consecutive collegiate National Championship titles from 2010-2013.

Mike has written training plans for Team USA several times, is a USAT Level III Elite coach, and has helped many athletes to qualify for the Ironman World Championships in Kona. Mike coached at our 2017 March Miles Camp and will be leading the coaching at our Spring Fling Camp 2018! Follow Mike on twitter at @D3_Multisport






Ian Murray

Ian Murray grew up in Aspen, Colorado and had an alpine skiing career before moving to California and launching into triathlon. Ian is one of only 15 level three certified triathlon coaches in the US and does coaching education for USA Triathlon as well as coaching of the US Team at triathlon events around the world. He is an extremely knowledgeable coach who excels in putting others first.

Ian has been a full time triathlon coach for over a decade and helps everyone from the first timer who has never done anything athletic to the elite who is gunning for the Olympics and everyone in-between. He is the host and writer of Triathlon Training Series. Ian has incredible passion for triathlon and cycling which is evident in everything he does, racing 20+events every year, traveling to speak to other coaches, leading camps and clinics, and founder of one of the largest triathlon clubs, LA Tri Club.

Coaching is Ian's passion and we are indebted to have his advanced coaching skills be part of our camps. He is a born teacher and is able to enhance every camp athlete's experience by focussing on technique and efficiency across the three triathlon disciplines. Ian began coaching with Solvang Triathlon Camps in 2013. Follow Ian on Twitter at TriCoachIan

Julie Dibens

Julie started her sporting endeavors as a swimmer. After swimming for Great Britain as a junior, she swam for LSU from 1993-1997 on a swimming scholarship where she became an All-American Swimmer and earned a B.A. in Kinesiology and an M.S. in Exercise Physiology. After graduating, Julie explored a serious interest in triathlon and quickly accelerated through the ranks to be crowned World Amateur Champion in 1998. Turning to a professional career in triathlon, she established an amazing resume which includes being a two time Olympian, two time Commonwealth Games qualifier, winning the Xterra World Championships 3 times, being crowned 70.3 World Champion and placing 3rd at Hawaii Ironman. Julie's exceptionally strong swim/bike combination shattered many a women's pro field and enabled her to post some of the fastest race course times in the sport to date.

Julie is now a highly sought after coach in the sport of triathlon. She brings an incredible blend of theory and practical knowledge to her coaching which results in her athletes - 'The J-Crew' - achieving amazing goals across both the professional and amateur ranks. Julie coached at our March Miles Camp in 2015 and 2016. Follow Julie on Twitter @JulieDibens and on Instagram at dibbo4

Ryan Ignatz

Ryan has spent the majority of his life learning about the human body and its performance capabilities through research, studying, and personal endeavors of all kinds. He grew up playing outdoors and participated in many team and individual sports. Running and bike riding were at the top of his competitive agenda through middle and high school where he was a top state-level cross country and track runner and Nationally one of the top jr. level mountain bikers. In college, he briefly ran cross-country for the University of Colorado at Boulder, but switched his focus to triathlon and has not looked back at other sports since. He quickly worked his way toward the top and became an elite level triathlete in 1999 focusing on some draft legal and short course racing, but eventually put his focus in Xterra triathlon. Some major highlights would be several top 15 road and off-road National and World Championship finishes.

Ryan has always been intrigued by Human performance and his college studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder focused just on that. His undergraduate and masters degree's were both in Kinesiology and Applied Physiology where his focus was mostly on cycling performance specific to aerodynamic quality, with now, Dr. Allen Lim. During his time at CU, he became assistant and eventually the head coach of the winningest Triathlon Club Sport teams in the Nation. He is a Certified Level 1 Triathlon Coach and has coached individual athletes ranging in ability from pure beginner to the professional level within numerous endurance sports. He currently is a very sought after bike fitter at Boulder's premier triathlon shop, Colorado Multisport shop where he has fit many top-level pros and Ironman World Champions. He also teaches bike fitting to other professionals at Retul.

We are stoked to have Ryan on our coaching staff and in addition excited for camp athletes to have the opportunity to work with Ryan to improve their bike fit at each camp he attends. Ryan began coaching in Solvang in 2011. Follow Ryan on Strava

Lisa Tonello

Lisa and her husband David started riding bicycles for fun after David had a serious horse accident in 1991. When their two children started racing, Lisa and David joined them to make it a family affair. Lisa rose from the Category 4 beginner ranks to retiring as a Category 2 racer. Having raced on a semi-pro master women's team for 8 years, Lisa knows the importance of training smart.

Lisa has won or placed in just about every aspect of cycling, including mountain biking, road, track, time trials, triathlons and ultra-endurance events. Lisa is a past national champion on the track a/Users/Charlie/Desktop/NewAboutUs1CW.htmnd has numerous state and national titles on both the road and the track. Her proudest accomplishment is that she has twice completed the Race Across America (RAAM), including a record setting effort by a four woman team in 2010. She is truly a well-rounded and experienced cyclist.

Lisa is a Level 1 USAT certified Triathlon Coach, a Level 2 USA Cycling coach and is certified by NASM (National Academy of Sport Medicine) as a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), Corrective Exercise Training (CET) and Sports Performance Training (SPT). Although Lisa has retired from racing, she is still extremely active in the cycling community. She regularly coaches at cycling camps, skill clinics and is the assistant coach of the Santa Ynez Valley Junior Racing Team. Lisa began coaching at our camps in 2010.

Chris Grauch

Chris is a specialist run coach and for the past 20+ years has been enjoying running both mountains and roads, and racing from high altitude 100 milers to 1 mile road races. He has six US National Masters titles across mountain running and trails which include being US National Masters Mountain Running Champion (both 2015 and 2016), US National Masters Trail Half Marathon Champion (2015, 2016, 2017), and also winning the National Trail 30km Championships in 2016. He has raced at the World Masters Mountain Running Championships three times (Wales UK in 2015, Susa, Italy in 2016, and Pruske, Slovakia in 2017) earning a bronze medal in his division in 2017. In 2015 and 2016 he was named the USATF Masters Mountain Runner of the Year and Masters Sub Ultra Runner of the year.

Chris approaches coaching in a systematic individualized way. He aims to look at the many different attributes of his athletes and find ways to utilize their strengths and shore up their weaknesses. Building on the foundations of endurance, strength, and speed are some of his primary goals with coaching. He thrives on a goal oriented approach, whether that goal is finishing your first long hill climb or ultra, or finding that extra special something in your training to improve your run in triathlons. Chris is excited to pass on his love and knowledge of running to all our camp athletes so they can finish strong in triathlons and find their love for running along the way. Chris also offers a key support role at each camp he attends with SAG, massage and fun running banter! Follow Chris on Strava

Bill Ludington

Growing up in Minnesota, fitness and athletics have been a passion of Bills for his entire life, from playing junior hockey to weight training in his younger years, then tackling endurance sports as he grew older, to completing his first Ironman and the Boston marathon after the age of 40. His Ironman resume is now extensive and includes Ironman Roth in July of 2016. He is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, TRX Certified Instructor and Madd Dog Certified Spinning Instructor. When it comes to training clients, he applies his certification knowledge with his own experience from years of being active.

The part of his job that he finds most rewarding is seeing his clients not only improve their fitness, but also gain self confidence. Bill believes that physical fitness is not just about having a thin lean body frame, but is about having cardiovascular and muscle endurance, strong immunity system, most importantly, a satisfied, happy and well balanced state of mind. Bill has offered Solvang Tri Camps a key support role at our camps since 2015.


GUEST SPEAKERS

Our guest speaker roster has included the following professionals:

Allen Lim, PhD

- Sports Physiologist and founder of Skratch Labs @allancolim

Dr Steve Smith

- Sports Psychologist from SPaRC - Santa Barbara

Dr PZ Pearce

- Sports Medical Doctor from Champion Sports in Spokane

Peter Reid

- Three time Hawaii Ironman World Champion

Gary Hall Junior

- Three time Olympian, 10 Olympic medals!

Simon Wegerif

- Founder of ithlete, Heart Rate Variability Testing for athletes