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We’re just back from a couple of weeks at Club la Santa in Lanzarote. For those not familiar with it, Club La Santa is one of the premier sport resorts in Europe. Its location in Lanzarote makes it the ideal place for a spring training camp as the weather’s usually pretty good, and the temperature’s usually in the mid-teens to low twenty’s. We’ve been here many times before and always came away having thoroughly enjoyed our time there.

The first week of our stay was for the Joe Beer Spring Triathlon camp with Joe Beer, Dan Bullock from Swim for Tri and Phil Price of Club la Santa.

The weather was a bit windy for the first week of the camp, with the occasional rain shower. The wind made riding in a group a bit tricky, especially when riding alongside lighter riders who are more affected by the wind. However, only one ride was cancelled due to the weather and was replaced by a Q & A session with Joe and Dan.

The second week was self-coached, consisting mainly of some longer bike rides and a couple of runs. I managed to have a puncture on the second-last day, but couldn’t find the cause of the hole (neither could the guys in the Club la Santa bike shop who replaced the tube for me). The next day, the last day on my camp, I had another puncture on the same wheel about an hour into the ride. I changed the tube, again looking for signed of the cause, and just took it gently returning to Club la Santa – since I was flying home the next day, I didn’t worry too much about the cause – on returning home, I found the plastic rim tape had twisted and that seemed to be the cause – I’ve since replaced the nylon rim tape with Velox tape and have refitted the tube and tyre. So far, I haven’t had a chance to ride on it due to Aberdeen’s winter weather.

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We’re just back from the Club La Santa training camp in Lanzarote

Thursday

We arrived mid-afternoon, flying in from Glasgow. Weather hot compared with 1 or 2 deg back in Glasgow. Unfortunately, when putting my bike together, I managed to break the K-Edge SRM Magnet, so no power for the camp – tip for next time, remove the chain catcher before packing the bike (and take a spare)! I had a quick test ride up to La Santa village to check the bike was ok. Gill has a cold.

Friday

Went for a 30 minute run round the lagoon first thing, then to initial meeting for training camp. Swim session next with Dan Bullock of Swim for Tri. I managed 2000 m, not too bad considering it was the first time I’d been in the pool since last Club La Santa camp in 2015! I sat out a few lengths towards the end, as I was getting a bit tired. Bike in afternoon was a 2 hour ride up to Mancha Blanca via Soo. We had to turn at Mancha Blanca and retrace our route due to roadworks on main road down to Tinajo. Celeb encounter in the evening when we were almost run over by pro triathlete Michelle Vesterby on her bike in the complex - and yes, she IS always smiling!

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Saturday

Again I went for a 30 minute run first thing, having decided to skip the swim session due to stiff shoulders – probably over did it a bit the previous day. The afternoon’s bike, led by Dan, was a 2:30 ride over Fire Mountain to Yaiza for coffee stop, then retracing our route back over Fire Mountain from long side.

Sunday

Felt a bit ropey - might be getting Gill's cold, so just did a run first thing, then a short bike ride over to Famara via Soo and back. Had a quick bike around the village of Famara as I’d only passed through it quickly in the past.

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Monday

Definitely got Gill's cold - skipped the planned 6 hour bike to Tabeyesco. Rest day

Tuesday-Friday

Laid up with Cold - no training other than walking around the lagoon. Spectated at the camp triathlon. Had a great final night meal in El Lago restaurant.

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Sunday

Went to Teguise market and had lunch at La Cantina.

Monday

Felt much better so biked over to Soo, down to Famara and back. Windy! Slept for ages afterwards so maybe not completely recovered.

Tuesday

Intended for go CLS - Soo - Famara - Soo - Mancha Blanca - Tinajo - la Santa, but cut leg to Famara short because of wind - sand blowing across the road like drifting snow - just like being at home! The run back down into La Santa from Tinajo was very windy.

Wednesday

Last full day at CLS, so biked Soo – Mancha Blanca – La Garia – Yaiza – Fire Mountain – Tinajo – La Santa for a 55 km ride. It’s a fantastic ride through the wine-growing region of La Garia. Wish I’d taken the time to put my Garmin Virb back onto my bike before the ride. Great end to the holiday.

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