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magic island

I am currently training on Lanzarote, one of the canary islands. The canary islands are a spanish archipelago located off the northwest coast of mainland Africa, 100 km west of the border between Marocco and the Western Sahara. The canary islands are the number one training spot for european athletes. For good reasons. You find all year warm and sunny weather here. This is partly due to their closeness to northern Africa, making them one of the sunniest places on the planet. I came here the first time in 1998. My first real training camp. It was Christoph Mauch (a winner of Ironman Switzerland and 4th and 5th place at Ironman Hawaii) who introduced me to this place. At that time more or less every athlete was staying at Club la Santa. A sports club on the northern side of the island. But in the last few years things have changed a lot here. New sport clubs were built on this island (among them, our great Team TBB winter base www.sandsbeach.eu), Tenerife and Fuerteventura. Gran Canaria became a training island as well. The islands are famous for the winds as well. Which makes them the perfect training spot for a hawaii preperation. As in september you will find hot, humid and windy conditions here. The swiss Ironman legend Natascha Badmann prepared all her 6 Ironman Hawaii wins on this islands. So did former Hawaii champs like Van Lierde or Thomas Hellriegel. Lanzarote also hosts one of the toughest Ironman races on the planet. A race that is on my bucket list. Lets hope prize money and points will go up again. Or I have to race it after my career as a pro athlete.

it really is a place with lots of history. But not only for our sport. I am sure there is lot’s of surfers, wind surfers, kite surfers who could tell you epic stories about this island. Or the story about the eruptions from 1730 to 1736 (for 2,053 days!!!). In that time the island was hit by a serie of volcanic eruptions. the outcome were 32 new volcanoes in a stretch of 18 km. Lava covered a quarter of the island’s surface. Every cyclist knows what Timanfaya means. An area called Montañas del Fuego, the “Mountains of Fire”.

Ok, time to get back out there again.

Keep training hard.

Mathias

p.s. for the music fans out there listening to 80′s and 90′s music. The Stone Roses recorded their video clip “fools gold” on this island. have a look at this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSD11dnphg0

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