Lanzarote Highlights

Lanzarote Highlights

It’s been a week since I left the wonderful island of Lanzarote, and I miss it already. I look back on my time there with pure gratitude and excitement because I am 10000 experiences richer! I decided to share ‘some’ highlights from my stay, both positive and not-so positive…
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Silly Selfie

Silly Selfie


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Highlights:

• Living on a sailing boat for over two months. I can’t thank the owner of the boat enough, and of course Erika and Neil for their invaluable help and kindness.
• Spanish tapas

Top of Femes

Top of Femes

• Cycling up the last 1k climb of Femes 7x, with people sitting at the café at the top, watching me coming and going again and again while other cyclists are nearly falling off their bikes as they reach the top. Also cycling past another guy on this climb, while he was doing the ‘walk of shame’. His look turned from a relatively friendly nod to a look of hopelessness and despair as I passed him for the fourth time.
• A 5k open water swim set with my personal support dinghy. I thought we were just doing a short ‘cool down’ after 400m repeats, but the dinghy just kept moving further and further into the distance, to only send me all the way back to the starting point..
• Lots of coffee
• Cake
• Montana Roja (Red Mountain) – usually my favorite run. But one day the weather ruined my bike session so I was sent out for a longer run instead. Unimaginably strong winds combines with heavy showers meant burning skin from the hail-like rain! I made my way up the Montana Roja in the head wind, with the motto “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” But then I realized I had to go down with the wind in my back. Lethal. Absolutely terrifying.
Montana Roja (in good weather)

Montana Roja (in good weather)

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• Tri-topia Lanza camp – thanks for a wonderful week!
• Running up Femes steady, to come down at a blistering pace. My session on TP literally said: 4x500m crazy pace.
• New max speed on bike: 80km/h (sorry Mom and Dad)
• New max speed on aerobars: 70km/h
• New max running speed: 2:30min/k pace (okay… downhill..)
• Chacho Burger. Because you need to refuel after 4h+ workouts, and this place knows exactly how.

Chacho Burger

Chacho Burger


• Tabayesco, Haria, Mirador, Femes. Because I love climbing, even on a TT bike, and this island just has the most amazing places for it.
• Nearly getting blown off the road, waiting for coach to come save me and take me back to a dry, warm place. Then being told to finish (well, start…) my workout of 8 hills reps as he drove beside me in the van. Yes, I was quite grumpy.
• Conquering the bike session that I had been dreading for weeks.
• Perforating my eardrum. Three courses of antibiotics. Not fun.
• Canarian soup at the very top of Tabayesco after climbing up from Orzola, Tabayesco, and finishing off with 7 hills reps up the switchback climb. There was nothing more satisfying than that well filled soup after smashing the legs in the cold and wet weather that day.
• Lanzarote Music Marathon 10k race – the win and a pb.
• Sailing with my second family. Lobos, Fuerteventura, staying on anchor, open water swims in crystal clear water, PANCAKES
• And of course, taking the win at the TRI122 Teguise Triathlon. What a way to end an unforgettable three months!