I'm just back from a couple of weeks training at Club la Santa in Lanzarote. This is the 8th or 9th time I’ve been to Club la Santa. It’s a great place for a training camp at this time of year – the weather’s generally in the 18 – 23 degree range, although it can be a bit windy – the last couple of days saw winds gusting to 70 km/hr.
One of the highlights of the camp for me was setting an new PB of 47:57 for the climb up Tabeyesco – still an long way off the best Strava times, but 3 minutes faster than last year, and 13 minutes faster than 2012.
I also had my first experience of open-water swimming, which was also my first time swimming wearing a wetsuit. Unfortunately, the combination of the cold water in the lagoon and constriction of the suit made it hard to breathe, and it wasn’t the best experience. With hindsight, I should have worn the wetsuit in the pool first, just to get used to the feeling of wearing it. It also brought home how much work I need to do on my swimming before attempting a 70.3.
The second week I mainly trained by myself, getting in another 6 runs, 4 bikes, 1 swim and a bit of sight-seeing.
Total for the two weeks:
Running 10 51.6 km 06:11:21
Cycling 11 364.9 km 20:35:16
Swimming 3 4450.0 m 03:17:39