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…
• 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
• 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
• 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.
• 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.
• 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!