As mentioned in previous posts, this year was a trial of a new format for a camp following seven years of a very successful high-volume swim/bike/run format, but with what we felt was a diminishing “completition” rate. Thinking that the change in format might make these camps more accessible to atheletes with less endurance history or a cycle only focus, we are also concious that the compulsary daily swims and runs may be a deterrant for athletes carrying injuries that prevent running …..so it was time to change it a little both in format, and also the location. Continue reading
In all our previous camps we’ve made the last day a big day out for everyone with at least the full Ironman route being a requirement for completion. With the change in format we’d decided to alter the final day. Instead we made Thursday a hard day with two TTs and then our idea for the last day was to have the grand finale TT, then get together at the top of Haria for provisional results over lunch all together, before heading back for a more relaxed final day. We had certainly mis-judged the sort of athlete that comes on our camps! Continue reading
The winds have still not let up on the island, and so again the day started with rough sea. Even rougher than yesterday. We had about half the camp out for a very fun 30 minute swim. The section along the line of buoys was particularly challenging but the surfing in to the beach on those waves made it worth it! Continue reading
Overnight the winds had picked up further from yesterday, which made for the roughest swim so far. Most of those – those who hadn’t been out for one too many the night before, that is!- who swam really enjoyed it with some proper surf to get through and swim in on. There was only one taker, Mel, for the longer swim round to Playa Chica so Steven and Mel, our faster swimmers, headed out that way as a pair, whilst Jo took the others around our “usual” loop – which seemed very different in nature than at the start of camp week! It was choppy and high waves meant that they kept a very tight group with regular stops to “head count” along the way…..so it was a little longer and harder swim than usual, but great fun and both groups arrived back at the beach to come in on the surf together.
For the first time on our camp the Aquathlon wasn’t a requirement for camp completion so, to attract a decent turn out we offered up 7 bonus points to those that got up and involved as either solo competitor, in a team or helping marshalling. This certainly increased the enthusiasm resulting all but three campers arriving at 7am in reception ready to race. Continue reading
Our second day started much as the first: a pleasing majority decided to rise early for a pre-breakfast swim, and we did the same ~1500m lap in very calm conditions yet again – long may this last!! Continue reading
With all campers – and eventually all their bikes- having arrived safe and been introduced to the camp, the staff, new hotel (and temperatures in excess of freezing) we all woke to the most perfect conditions that Lanzarote has to offer for our first early-morning walk to the beach. Continue reading
This year’s camp format will be a little different to the way that we have run our Endurance camps over the last 7 years. Returning campers and some first timers too,have been invited to help us “test” the new, more flexible format… Continue reading
As usual most people had earned wild cards to avoid a swim on the final day of camp when everyone is riding either the full Ironman Lanzarote route, or our extended 200km version of it. This meant at 7:55am much of the camp were up and ready in bike kit and waiting outside the hotel restaurant for breakfast to be available. There followed 20 minutes of so of rapid eating to fuel ready for the long day ahead.
Day 5 of camp is a key day with lots happening and tonnes of logistics for Jo and I to handle. It’s very busy but great fun.