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Lanzarote Camp III

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

After my last blog I got a lot of questions of what I learnd during my camp with the Germans and the Spanish matadores. Well, most of it is not explicit, it’s their attitude, their approach to training. First of all, I was astonished of how easy and relaxed they go for it. They simply love what they are doing. They are much more relaxed than the average athlete who is so much determined to his targets and high work ethics that he often misses to simple enjoy himself. The really good guys simply have a lot of fun. Big boys playing! But dont be foold: They joke all the time, but they do a ton of work! And they are not afraid to suffer. It’s part of the game, completely normal to them. A 5 hour ride with lots of hills, a fast run after that, then a good swim? They don’t make any noise of that. Just a daily habit.

Real pros ride their bikes differently. The average athlete always tries to prove how tough he is. He descends like crazy. Real pros risk nothing on a downhill during a training ride. They have the ability to descend fast, but they don’t if they must not, – just smooth, easy, controlled… and wait for the next hill to blow the group apart…

And training-wise? What about their magic sessions? Well, we talked a lot about training. But after all, there is nothing like a magic session. You would be surprised of how less the top end guys care about magic sessions. The secret is that they train a lot, train hard and with lots of fun. Ironman is for iron people. Or as Lothar would put it: Every rest day is a lost day. A lot helps a lot. More is better. Too much is only half enough. Running comes from running. And pain is weakness which leaves the body. Hehehe. Shut up and go hard!

Lanzarote Camp, Part II

Friday, February 5th, 2010

During the first week of my campe here at Lanzarote, I covered roughly 850k on the bike, 100k on the run and 16k on the swim. As you can see, pretty normal numbers. I did nothing extraordinary, no crazy sessions, just very consistent training. My body is responding quite well to the load and the sessions in the second week are (up to now) much faster. I am joining my room with Lothar Leder and Michael Eisenkolb, a long training buddy, with whom I did most of my first sessions starting back 10 years ago in Berlin. We are a good team, have lots of fun an laughs.

As I normally do all my training alone, I am enjoying training in a group very much, although it means that I have to change my normal riding rhythm (SRM paced) completely. For some rides, Ivan Rana, Eneko Llanos and some other Spanish pros are joining in, ensuring that the pace does not slow down too much ;-) . The group forces you to push your limits. Every day there is someone who has good legs forcing you to give more than you would have on your own or thought possible. On the other hand, group riding is dangerous as well – you have to control your ego closely and stay calm to not mess up all your base fittness by doing lots of sprints and power spikes. However, it is great fun, to ride and learn from the best. Train healthy and enjoy!