3,5 weeks La Pared and Playitas combo
February 14th, 2017 by Lisa
After having spent most part of the winter in Stockholm it was great to finally back the bikes and head south. Fuerteventura for me is quite well known, close to feel like my backyard in terms of training venues. To mix things up a bit we started to week not in Playitas as per normal but in La Pared.
Calle brought three friends with mountainbikes (team mate Henrik Sparr, Swedish Champ Mattias Wengelin and the cycling photographer Jesper Andersson). They were going to properly scout the area and look for new trails building some fitness into Cape Epic later this spring. Â I choose to stay on my road bike (…surprise..!) and get familiar with the new bike set up and bike. It was nice to get a few days head start before my “proper camp” was starting. Slowly easing back into longer days with more training – outdoors!
A few days later I left La Pared to set up a new base at Playitas.Â
One of the major changes this year is the coaching set up. With Darren building boats and not doing the D-Squad thing anymore I had been looking around for a different structure. The Norwegian model run by Arild Tveiten was Â the most interesting, close to home and with a very successful outcome so far (in a relatively short period of time).
It’s always a bit nervous to train with a new group for the first time. Before you get the hang of how things work, what the structure looks like, how the sessions feel and obviously the people and group dynamics. For me was the added language difficulty – Norwegian!! Yes it’s very close to Swedish – but yet not as easy as it might seem.
The first two weeks at camp we had a big group, the Norwegian Nationalteam,Â a bunch of upandcoming Norwegian junior girls, Lotte Miller and her Icelandic training partner Edda Hennesdottir and also visiting Kaidi Kivioja from Estonia. It was a great opportunity to observe and learn from the others how they normally do things. The last week everyone but the senior men left and we were a smaller more condensed group.
It was a fantastic camp.Â
The program was solid and sometimes very challenging, but with enough gaps to catch my breath and kick back to life.
Specific sessions with specific targets, lots of attention to detail – and in general just a lot of really good training!
In three weeks you can do quite a bit and it feels like I’m travelling back to Stockholm having moved quite a few steps forwards.
It’s exciting and very motivating for the time ahead.Â