Once again, in early March we welcomed a cosmopolitan, internationally-based field of athletes from the UK, Iceland, USA, Israel and mainland Europe for our Winter/ Spring training camp at Playitas resort in Fuerteventura of the Canary Islands. This is a beautiful resort having excellent facilities for our Triathlon camps and we are always blessed with generally light winds and this year some lovely sunny days and hot temps (well over 20 celsius) with little cloud.
Once again Andy and Nick welcomed experienced triathlon professional Fraser Cartmell to assist and introduced another pro from Slovakia, Alena Stevens, to the staffing ranks too. Over the space of 7 days the attendees enjoyed typically two sessions a day but on many days three.
The week always begins with a longish bike ride to suss everyone out and get to see the sights of the southern part of the island, taking in some awesome climbing and scenery. All the bike sessions were supported by our own staff with a van and addition of Charles Wheatley who acted once again as both bike mechanic and bike tour guide/ route planner. (Many thanks also here to Kieron and Helen who always support us with bikes and sometimes guiding).
These bike sessions placed our campers in experience/ fitness matched groups each with a coach and/ or professional athlete and of course included many coffee and lunch stops along the way, something which isn’t difficult to come by in the small towns and villages of Fuerteventura.
Other highlights of the week included pool and open water swim sessions and an Aquathlon race event, hotly contested by all.
Additionally this camp always includes some sprint-triathlon racing mixing up pool and sea swims and again is often a chance for the competitive nature to rear itself during an otherwise sociable camp.
Again this year we had a very successful track session down the road at Gran Tarajal and the infamous ‘Lighthouse Run’, both of which this year were hot ones! Most lunch times included plenty of nutritional refreshment and some multi-cultural socialising too!
The camp included some serious aspects of planning, with some question and answer seminar sessions, plus a gym based strength and conditioning session, this year focussing specifically on the development of a strong ‘posterior leg function’ for cycle and run performance.
Once again this camp was blessed to have a mix of personalities and abilities that the social aspect of our camp came to the fore, which is typical for a generally professional, yet relaxed environment on our camps.
Thanks to all who attended and support from Andy, Nick and the associated TPS team of Fraser, Aya, Rik and Charles.
We hope to see some regulars back for 2018 and welcome some newbies too.
Watch this space for the mid-March 2018 camp details, to follow soon.