Triathlon Training in Majorca with RG Active

March 29th, 2015 - by admin

I have just returned home from the RG Active training camp to help me on my way to my first triathlon, the Half Ironman in Staffordshire this June. Hopefully someone finds my observations and thoughts useful :)

Aim big, push hard and don’t give up.

It’s going to be tough, it will hurt at times and be mentally and physically exhausting, the exact reasons we do this training though right?! Push the limits, get fit and prepare for race day.

I started the week as one of the weaker links of the group not sure if I could do all the climbs and rides we had planned but I would definitely give it everything I had and push hard.

Hills. Hills and more Hills

Majorca really does have some great climbs and spectacular views to go with them. I discovered the plan was to do a route to Sa Colobra with a 10km climb averaging at 7-8% which was a daunting prospect as I had been off the bike for 6 months and not taken on a route like this before. The great unknown.

We had about 400 metres to climb and 50km to ride to get to the top of the descent and with the guidance of the RG Active coaches I tried to pace myself, the tough climb was yet to come. The views were amazing and the climbing seemed fairly tough so far, next up the descent.

The summit reached we all had some more water and Food (PowerBar / Shot Blocks for me) and began the descent taking care at the corners as the drops were very steep, you definitely don’t want to go over one of these.

Amazing. Wind blowing in your face, the sun shining, the best view ever and on a bike twisting and turning. Life is good.

After about 15 minutes of descent my mind starts to think about the fact I have to come back up all of this.. Oh dear this is going to be tough! Can I do this?!

Quick re-group at the bottom and that’s it we are heading back up, we start the 10km climb.

Sa Colobra – The Climb

It’s hot and my legs already feel pretty tired. With every bend bringing steep roads and no flat sections in sight it starts becoming mental as much as physical.

When you think have nothing left to give, keep going. Have some fluid, a gel whatever you need but keep going, keep the peddles turning and keep chipping away at it. It’s not a race it’s training. You will get to the top.

Be determined and stay strong. You can push a lot more than you realise on the climbs. I spent about 8km wondering if I could make it and it hurt but I managed to get there in the end – what a great feeling. We all made it – 115km in total for me

The most ascent and longest distance I had ever done. Ok so it wasn’t fast, but I did it. Just try and get into a rhythm and keep going.

Determination is king.

Nutrition / Drinking

Another thing I discovered after the first king ride if the week was fuel your body properly and drink plenty of water (with energy / salts). It is too easy to forget to fuel yourself and before you know it your 2 hours into your ride and you have started to run down your energy levels. Keep on top of it as your body can only take in so much energy at once so you will end up with a deficit.

Support Van

If you are lucky enough and have a support vehicle and think you can’t make the whole ride/run make use of the van and work it so you get the most from your training. Don’t use your last energy on junk miles.

A big thank you to our driver Harry for following us on the long rides it was nice to know we have spare kit and parts if we needed them.

Great group of people

It was so refreshing to discover you have ended up with 15 of the nicest people you could have wished for. The coaches and others were all great fun to be around and easy to get along with. I think being able to have a laugh and some great banter really makes a trip like this worth doing.

RG Active – I will see you next year!

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Latest News

November 18th, 2010 - by admin

Well it took a while to get sorted but the theme is back online.

I have been spending the last few months getting my web development company online so this site took a back seat.

I am now getting back on with my photography as well so expect to see a bit more activity from now on. I am planning on setting up a full gallery of any photography work I do and also a shop to order prints, frames and various items you can purchase. My main area of focus will be pieces of work suitable for displaying in your homes. I would be interested in hearing any feedback you have when it is complete.

If you do require any photography doing for an event and something in particular please get in touch with me and I would love to help out and build up my portfolio a lot more.

Watch this space…

Andi

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Home Studio Setup (Portrait + Modelling)

February 3rd, 2010 - by admin

I have recently moved into a new flat and have decided to learn about portrait photography and modelling photography. I am going to have a fairly straight forward set-up to begin with so I can experiment and get used to this new area of photography.

I will post some initial photos on here once it is all ready and list what equipment is being used.

When the studio is setup and ready, I will be looking for a few people willing to be used for a photo shoot to build up my portfolio. You can keep any photos you like and won’t be charged.

If you are interested then please get in touch with me!

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Contact Details Page

January 14th, 2010 - by admin

Contact details are now available for anyone who has any enquiries. Please don’t hesitate with any queries you may have.

http://www.andigibson.co.uk/contact/

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DJ Equipment Photos

January 13th, 2010 - by admin

I have put a few pictures online now from my experimentation with my DJ equipment. Using camera motion and a slow shutter speed I managed to achieve some interesting effects.

DJ Equipment Photos

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About Page Online

January 12th, 2010 - by admin

I have now put a page online to say a little about myself and the equipment that i commonly use.

I will be getting together some more of my example work for the portfolio shortly, including some nice experimental shots.

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Previous clients page now online

January 9th, 2010 - by admin

Our previous clients are now listed. We have done work with individuals which will be listed soon too but these are the main clients so far.

Follow the link below

http://www.andigibson.co.uk/previous-clients/

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Logo design complete

January 8th, 2010 - by admin

The logo has now been designed for business cards and for all paper documents. Wanted to keep it simple and vibrant and I think this has been achieved well.

Feedback welcome!

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Stage 1 Complete – Temporary Design

January 7th, 2010 - by admin

OK I have changed the header to make it clear what this blog is going to be used for shortly. I will next be creating a page for my client list and also some example work I’ve done in the past. I will be on the lookout for a decent wordpress gallery too :)

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This blog is changing…

January 7th, 2010 - by admin

Just to let you all know this blog will be slowly changing into my Professional Photography services blog.

I will be updating the design this week before then adding some of my example work and previous jobs i have done.

Keep your eyes peeled :)

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