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.
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!