Mallorca Road Camp

John Paul | Thursday 3rd April, 2014

Hi everyone, just a quick update on how training has been going and our pre-Commonwealth Games road camp in Mallorca. The year started well with me racing for GB at the World Cup in Mexico and coming home with a Bronze medal in the Team Sprint. However, after returning home in late January I had a bad spell of sickness and then in early February I contracted tonsillitis which set me back a couple of weeks, it has taken two visits to the Doctors and two courses of antibiotics to try and shift it.

Then at the end of February I had just got back into the training routine, only to suffer a freak accident in the gym whilst performing cleans and thought I’d broken my wrist but fortunately the x-ray showed no fractures, only sprained ligaments. They do say things come in threes, so hopefully that’s my lot for now. February was not a good month for me training wise.

However, I was looking forward to mid March and meeting up with the rest of the Scottish performance squad in Manchester before flying out for an 11 day road/gym training camp in Mallorca. We were staying in a nice hotel called the Finca Es Castell which was quite rural. The food was good and there was an outdoor swimming pool where we could chill out.

I was a bit apprehensive at the prospect of 10 or so days covering 70-100-km rides in the hills! Not what we sprinters are used to doing at all!  However, after the first few days I started to get into it and enjoyed the rides with my team mates and of course some fantastic scenery and mixed but generally good weather.

Most of the climbs were tough, (actually all of them were) but in particular, Sa Calobra. The descents were brilliant, I now understand what the tour riders’ face when descending at speed, you can easily reach 60-70kmh in some parts, not that we were ever doing that! Making sure you have the correct line round corners is very important to stay on the road.

When we weren’t on a long road ride, every other day was a gym session. We rode there and back which was approx. a one hour ride each way - that was our easy days!

All in all it was a great camp with a good bunch of team mates and hopefully has set me up for some quality training and hopeful selection ahead of the Commonwealth Games which is only 16 weeks away.

Until my next blog, cheers, JP   

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