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Training camp

[caption id="attachment_4946" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Emosson dam at 2000m"] [/caption] Well it's one week on from my short stint training in my favourite location, the French Alps! We had a perfect 10 day quality training block, with the weather unbelievably warm at 30-36 degrees. I'd planned a program for the week with sessions ranging from lake & pool swimming, interval and tempo running, some hill rep brick sessions and longer rides involving some classic (and epic) climbs. Having a group environment really helps you get the most out of yourself, especially when tackling a number of hour long climbs at an average gradient of 8-9%. This is pretty much a given if you head out for a long ride in the alps and the views are always spectacular in this part of the world, as you can see! As with previous years, I've enjoyed training out here and love the challenge the environment brings to my training. You have to push yourself mentally much harder, and endure higher effort levels when tolerating a given training workload at anything above 1000m altitude. Not to mention the fact that many days turn out to be an adventure! Training hard to race easy ;-) I'm looking forward to racing at Bala, the National middle distance championships in Wales next Sunday. So we'll see! img_1448[ img_1449[

9 June 2009

Comments

  • Jen Harrison

    LOVED the pictures and so glad you had a great training camp. I can not EVEN imagine riding in that terrain/scenary! I swear, someday!! Good luck at your big race!