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Chili Leisure Triathlon Camp

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Chili Leisure Triathlon Camp

Venue Details

Name:Chili Leisure Triathlon Camp
Phone:+34 .616 341 709
Sports:Cycling, Swimming, Running, Triathlon, Duathlon, SwimRun

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Chili Leisure Triathlon is a Gym & Triathlon Coaching facility run by Sean Baker and Karen Parnell.  Your training will be monitored by British Triathlon Federation & IRONMAN Coaches, ASA Swimming coaches, EREPs Personal Trainers, Fitness instructors and qualified physiotherapists.

The training is centred around the Chili Tri accommodation in the foothills of the Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara y Alhama Natural Park and only 18km away from the coast and approximately 60 km east of Málaga.

The accommodation can sleep a maximum of 4 people and is ideal for small group or a mixed group of training and non-training. The coach:athlete ratio ensures maximum attention to detail and offers you excellent opportunities for improvement.  You can base yourself in the Boutique B&B for your own training camp or you can be part of Chili Leisure Triathlon’s Bespoke Triathlon training camps. They also offer personal training, sports massage, kinesiology taping and bespoke training plans as well as nutrition advice for weight reduction and for triathletes/athletes.

Alternatively, you could stay at the Chili base and join in the weekly fitness classes, such as HIIT, Static Cycling, Circuit Training, TRX and Aquacise.

Click on the image below to see more about Chili Leisure Triathlon Camp ....


By air: Malaga Airport (AGP) 50km - Fuengirola Airport (FGR) 66km - Granada Airport (GRX) 133km

Transfer: Travel to off-site training venues will be covered

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The accommodation is based at Chili Leisure Triathlon Camp's own residence in Competa, Andalusia southern Spain

Chili Apartment Room: A self-catering or B&B room can be configured as a twin room or Super King-size room.  The apartment room benefits from a fully fitted kitchen and an en-suite shower room. The fridge is stocked with some essentials and will be re-stocked as and when necessary. These items are not included in the price.

The Gallery Room: This room has a terrace with stunning panoramic views and is available on a Bed and Breakfast basis. There is an en-suite shower room and a stocked fridge, which like the Chili Apartment will be replenished as and when, and any items used will be added to your final bill.  

All the rooms have fridge and tea/coffee facilities. There is sufficient space in each room for hanging your clothing, and all include comfortable seating areas.

There are flat screen TVs showing local TV stations in all bedrooms with remote control and free Wi-Fi. 

Packed Lunches and Nutrition: Packed lunches can be made to order. Isotonic drinks, energy bars and protein shakes can be arranged during or after your activities.

Evening Dining: As well as cooking in the fully fitted kitchens you may decide to eat at one of the many restaurants in Competa and surrounding villages. Chili Leisure also offer the possibility for you to hire a hot stone and Raclette Grill with a selection of meats, sauces, vegetables and salad.

Training Facilities


Training Facilities


Swimming:There is an on-site Endless Pool which is used for swim coaching and video analysis sessions.

Open Water Swimming: These swim sessions are based off the Col del Sol coast in a safe and warm environment.

Cycling: The cycling has in this area offers great variety. Routes can include the mountains of the surrounding National Park or you could head towards the Costa del Sol coast to ride flatter, faster roads. Routes will depend on the training intensity required and targeted skill sets.

Rides will be guided or, if you wish, Chili Leisure will provide you with mapped routes so you ride on your own.

Bike Storage: Within the property grounds which is secure and has lighting.

Running: Running can be either at the local 400m track or for more challenging off-road routes there are specific trail routes and beach routes all within a few kilometres. 

All sessions include transport and can be guided or non-guided if preferred. For those who wish to hit the trails on their own, mapped routes are available

For more about the running track and stadium at Nerja click on the Read More below

Outdoor CrossFit gym, HIIT/Pilates studio and Spin Bike studio
TRX suspension training
Foam Roller Self Myofascial Release
Metafit HIIT

Therapy room: Purpose built room with changing room and shower room. Therapies include full body Swedish and Sport Massages and Kinesiology taping.

Other Activites


These can be accesses by everyone including non-training partners and family or by people who would like to stay at the Chili accommodation and enjoy their time as a leisure holiday. 

Some of the activities include - horse riding, kayaking, mountain biking, yoga & Pilates, hiking and Tennis.



Click on Karen's photo or name to find out more about her coaching ....

  • Karen Parnell British Triathlon Federation coach, BTF Tutor/Coach Educator, Certified IRONMAN Coach, Personal Trainer, UK Athletics Run Coach and is Sports Psychology & Sports Nutrition qualified. She is also a Sports Massage Therapist and a Kinesiology Tape Practitioner.
  • Meet the Coaching Team


    Sean Baker: Sean is a L1 British Triathlon Federation coach and an ITU Race official.

    Leo Wouters: he was the Belgium team physio leading up and including the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. He lectures across the globe. 

    Mary-Rose Cross: has raced for Team GB and is an accomplished IRONMAN competitor, having raced Kona three times. She is also a qualified MTB guide and Kayak coach.

    Jess Petersson: former professional IRONMAN triathlete and Olympian Jess now adds her in-depth experience to the team.

    Training Packages

    Triathlon Training Camp


    These Triathlon Training Camps, which are available throughout the year, are aimed at group sizes 12-20 Triathletes and Triathlon Clubs but are still tailored to your club requirements and timings.

    This Triathlon Camp is a fusion of knowledge and experience, set in the triathlon training paradise of Andalusia.  The camp is led by qualified coaches; Karen Parnell, Chili Tri Triathon Coach, BTF and IRONMAN certified coach and Jess Petersson, former professional IRONMAN athlete and Olympian, Freebird and highly experienced bike guides.

    These camps are partnered by award winning Andalucian Cycling Experience.

    Ability Levels: All levels

    Dates: Usually Saturday to Saturday but are totally flexible to you and your club/group

    Nearest Airport: Malaga. Airport pick up can be arranged.

    Whether you want to get some late season running and biking done in a warmer climate, surrounded with like-minded individuals and coaches or have some late season races coming up and need to get ready for then this is the camp for you.  You will spend time running on the trails and inland loops as well as technique and speed work sessions on the run with Olympian Jess Petersson.

    For the biking we have smooth roads which are quiet and safe - its perfect timing for some long steady rides to build some endurance.  We will also add in intervals for those that want to and vary the routes, so you get to see lots of the area, villages and mountains!   We have different paces and groups to ensure all levels are catered for.  

    For swimming we use the nearby crystal-clear lake for open water sessions and nearby 25m indoor swimming pool.

    What's Included:
    - A fully structured coached, guided and supported week
    - Fully coached pool and open water sessions with kayak support
    - Progressive cycling sessions with experienced coaches and guides
    - Bike rides are guided by highly experienced guides and supported with a vehicle for on road assistance, snacks and water
    - Run sessions to improve technique, endurance and speed with Jess Petersson
    - Brick sessions – bike/run and Transition training
    - Strength and Conditioning sessions with a qualified Personal Trainer
    - Ask the coach evening with Olympian Jess Petersson
    - Advice on training plans and coaching
    - Bike hire options from local hire companies
    - Fully Insured Qualified Coaches and Guides
    - All sessions risk assessed
    - First Aid trained

    Accommodation: An exclusive authentic Spanish villa or town house.
    - Apartment style rooms with lounge area and kitchen
    - Close to Europe’s best beaches
    - 7 nights’ accommodation
    - Self-catering so you can follow you own meal plans and try out local Spanish food. Close to local bars and restaurants
    - Secure bike storage, with water and snacks
    - Chili Tri Camp support team on site
    - Outdoor pool on site
    - Therapy room for massage therapies
    - Fitness classes (Metafit HIIT, TRX suspension trainer, Kettlebell and Yoga)
    - Adult only private pool
    - Free to use washing machines and dryers
    - Bike helmets and pedals available (Shimano and Keo Look). Bike workshop on site.

    Extra Services include:
    - Bike FTP Testing on-site
    - Run power testing and gait analysis (video) using Stryd power sensors
    - Personal Training
    - Full swim video analysis with full annotation and training plan for you to view and use when you get home.
    - Full race training plans up to IRONMAN and Marathon distance.
    - Yoga, massage
    - 1-2-1 Review with Jess Peterson or Karen Parnell


    Chili Bespoke Tri Package - Small Groups


    The coach:triathlete ratio allows you the opportunity to maximise your improvements. Your training can be tailored to your exact needs and targets or you could be less formal and join in the pre-set Chili Daily Routines, see below.

    Training package includes:
    On-site endless pool to optimize your stroke
    Track brick sessions at a local club 400m running track
    T1 and T2 practice session on the coast or mountain locations
    Sea swimming at the best beaches in Andalusia
    25m pool swimming in a newly built swimming pool with retractable roof
    Time Trial cycling routes along the flat coast
    Fast Coastal or challenging Mountain cycling routes
    Stunning Beach or Trail running routes
    Fully coached or guided sessions with a BTF, IRONMAN and ASA qualified coach
    Bed & Breakfast Rooms
    Transport to venues, coaching and venue fees are included in your price!

    Other Services available:
    Bike hire & servicing
    Turbo trainer hire
    On-site outdoor gym and fitness classes (Spin, Circuit, Aquacise & HIIT)
    Sports massage & Kinesiology Taping
    Personal Training
    Custom Training Plans

    Non-training partners or family:
    You are welcome to bring along a non-training partner or your family. Whilst you are completing your training, they can enjoy one of the many activities or just lay back and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

    Training Camps


    Training Camp Dates

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    Reviewed by Phil Andrews
    On 06-Dec-2019 16:0:52

    Comments:   Had a very enjoyable 5 day tri training stay at chilli tri. Karen and Sean made me feel very welcome as I was by myself, and put some preferred breakfast items in the fridge having checked what I wanted first. The room was clean and functional with a kitchen and ensuite, and the villa has excellent views and is in a very quiet area. The coaching i received from Karen during the stay was very good, particularly the swimming. She also was flexible to accommodate some changes to my schedule during the stay. The cycling through the mountains had some lovely scenery and nice descents. My only word of warning would be that competa and the surrounding area is very hilly/steep so be prepared for that whenever going from the villa to walk, run or bike : which was good for me on a training camp! A lovely camp overall.
    Reviewed by Ed
    On 22-Nov-2019 16:0:33

    Comments:  Excellent camp and first class coaching. Karen is extremely knowledge and delivers her messages with clarity. I’ve been truly motivated and seen an improvement in my performances
    Reviewed by Sabrina
    On 21-Nov-2019 08:0:09

    Comments:  Just finished a six week swimming course with Karen, I can highly recommended her. She helped enormously with my swimming techniques or lack of I should say. I feel now that with all of the things that she has thought me I can put into place and improve as a swimmer. I have even discussed going back to do more classes to help with both my husbands swimming and my own Thank you
    Reviewed by Lorraine Butler
    On 17-May-2018 10:1:00

    Comments:  Karen brought me from Zero to Hero on my Ironman journey. I had never completed a triathlon and so had a lot to learn. Karen taught me and trained me with patience and motivation. She gave timely weekly plans that reflected my other commitments and enabled me to have a balance between training and work. Karen was always available for me to speak with and was able to answer questions that I had. She gave advice on nutrition, bike set up and maintenance, to name but a few. I visited Karen's training camp on a number of occasions. The facilities are great, she has an endless swimming pool that I could use as well as lots of strength and conditioning equipment. I would highly recommend Karen, she is very knowledgeable and passionate about training. She made me feel very comfortable and confident that I would achieve my goal.
    Reviewed by JPO
    On 23-Apr-2018 23:1:16

    Comments:  I'm a new triathlete, and my experience with Karen and her training facilities over two days were fantastic. Karen was attentive, professional, and gave a good combo of encouragement and tough love. She's positive and funny and I would highly recommend working with her!
    Reviewed by Tom
    On 18-Apr-2018 14:1:41

    Comments:  I’ve been working with Karen over the last few months in the build up to the 2018 season. Karen has helped me considerably with my swim stroke through coaching sessions and training plans. I was really struggling with my breathing technique but Karen quickly fixed this and had me swimming competently after just a few sessions. The training plans and nutrition advice that she has provided have considerably improved my performance. The training plans were adjusted to my needs, feedback and goals. I liked the variety of the workouts and the intensity. I’d recommend Karen to triathletes of all levels. I hope to work with her again in the future.
    Reviewed by Rosemary Young
    On 12-Jan-2018 17:0:23

    Comments:  I've done 3 training camps at ChiliTri now, and highly recommend it. Bespoke training packages, great swim/bike/run locations, and excellent accommodation. The advice on the other aspects of training; nutrition and fuelling, transitions, strength training, is also invaluable. Coming here has more than enhanced my training, it has completely changed the approach and technique, and the results I'm getting are proving its effectiveness!
    Reviewed by Sean Baker
    On 28-Dec-2017 11:0:10

    Comments:  Stunning views, spectacular cycling, endless pool swim coaching and beach runs. Everything I wanted and more!
    Reviewed by Mike
    On 25-Nov-2016 06:0:09

    Comments:  Our family visited Chili BnB for a mixture of warm weather training and fun family holiday. The town of Competa is built on a steep hillside, giving it real character, and Chili BnB has a commanding position above it in a villa filled with character. Sean and Karen made our visit effortless with a healthy, nutritious breakfast each day and offers of transportation and supported bike rides to the coast. My wife and I were able to borrow bikes for the duration of the visit which made our logistics easy. Our 11 year old daughter loved the endless pool that doubled up as an opportunity for a cooling dip or to enable technical stroke analysis by Karen, a qualified British Triathlon coach. We joined in an excellent Chili Leisure circuits session and also a spin class. The rooms were excellent quality and the inclusion of chilled drinks in a fridge is a welcome touch. My wife loved running on the local trails and I found the smooth roads amazing for bike riding. We'll be back.....