This morning was our first sea swim of the week…with an early start required in order to accommodate the rest of teh day’s schedule – meant that we also benefited from seeing a beautiful sun rising over the horizon as we entered the water. We set out a circuit of about 600m and swam laps of that for just under an hour in order to achieve about 3km swim. It was very amusing to see last night’s carnival revellers staggering around in fancy dress as we made our way through town at that time in the morning!
The ride was a 112km route with the key feature being the Tabayesco Time Trial – the first of our “proper” handicapped Queen of the Mountains. Most cycling visitors to Lanzarote will have heard of – and ridden – this scenic 10km climb from sea level, through the village of Tabeyasco at the bottom to the viewing point of Mirador de Haria some 550m above – and like the El Golfo Time Trial of yesterday, it’s something that we include on all of the camps I’ve worked on here! Aside form myself starting first to ensure that I was ready at the finish to record everyone’s times, we set off with time gaps according to a handicap calculated off yesterdays’ TT.
You can see from the results table above that Today’s Queen of the Mountain was Marijcke…who earned 14 points for that great effort. Well done!
Following our post climb coffees ,we split into two groups for the remaining 50km of the ride..myself and Aine arriving back at the villa shortly before Bob, Josta and Marijcke had a fe extra moments to prepare for the 5km run .David and Dora were both sick today so skipped he long ride, but felt ok to join us for this gentle run.
A long day, rewarded with massive chilli and Deb’s home-made, home-grown papaya birthday cake and champagne to celebrate Aine’s 27th birthday.
here’s Aine’s account of her day (which also included another post training “Awesome!!”, for the record. Wonder if we can score a full 7??) :
“Another quality training session completed! Fab open water swim to kick it off, nice to be able to see in the crystal clear waters here unlike back home, feeling accomplished after completing my longest sea swim 🙂
The rest of the day only got better (as it’s my birthday! ) & what better way to spend the day than cycling fast (well my fast!) with a pro Jo! although I spent the most of it looking at the back of her I can’t complain!! Nice run to finish off, then cake & champers in the evening 🙂 best birthday ever!”