Austria – the new overseas training camp destination

May 7, 2021 0 By HearthstoneYarns

If you think of overseas training, chances are islands such as Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and Mallorca spring to mind. And understandably so, with the Canary and Balearic Islands offering guaranteed warm weather throughout the British winter months, and affordable flights from across the UK. 

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But when the mercury rises around April time, it actually becomes nigh-on impossible to train, which is where a relatively new overseas training location steps in – Austria!

Nestled within the tiny Austrian town of Fuschl am See, just 30mins west of Salzburg, is Hotel Mohrenwirt. Run by the Schmidlechner family for five generations, it’s currently in the hands of keen triathletes Jakob and his wife Sabine. Together with their experienced staff they provide guests with a host of services and packages to suit every athlete and traveller. Here are just a few of the highlights on offer:  

Swimming 

The crystal clear waters of Lake Fuschlsee, where guests can enjoy some of the best open-water swimming we’ve ever experienced, is just a 300m walk from the hotel. There’s also free access to a 25m heated outdoor pool, again just a few minutes’ walk away, where two swimming lanes are reserved every day (end of April – end of September) from 8am until 10am, exclusively for Mohrenwirt guests.  

For an injection of competition, Mohrenwirt hosts the annual Fuschlsee Crossing, which takes place every August and offers two race distances – 2.1km or 4.2km. We were fortuitous enough to catch the swim during our stay, and were impressed by the level of organisation, enthusiasm and celebration that was afforded to each and every competitor. All entrants were treated to a post-race barbeque, set to a Euro Pop soundtrack not that dissimilar to scenes we witnessed just one day later at the much bigger Ironman 70.3 World Champs, in Zell am See, a 90min drive away. 

Biking

Located in the Salzkammergut region, the hotel is the ideal base camp for ambitious cyclists looking to explore the surrounding lakes and mountains on two wheels. The network of trails in the region is perfect for road bike riders looking to train hard or prepare for a race. Pick up the latest maps, including route descriptions, from the hotel’s bike info corner – each ride is graded according to its difficulty level. Jakob or a member of his team also run weekly guided rides in the region. 

Canyon road bikes can be hired at the hotel, with guests able to reserve the bike of their choice when booking their stay.  

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