Club La Santa

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.

The first week was a training camp run by Joe Beer, with Dan Bullock of Swim for Tri helping out with the swim coaching.

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

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